365 Reasons To Do A 365 Photo Project
I still remember the 1st time I clicked the shutter button of a DSLR. It was 5 years ago, Aug.24 2008. I was using a Nikon D80 back then and didn’t know how to use all of the buttons, how to focus, what exposure and all the number means and all that. When I started photography 5 years ago, I didn’t expect that I would be doing this for a living.
I wanted to learn more about Photography so I read books, looked at pictures, and then I stumbled into Flickr. I learned about the 365 Day Project in flickr. Some of my flickr friends where doing it and I wanted to try it for the challenge.
Doing The 365 Day Project was one of the most memorable moments in my life, and made me the photographer that I am today.
Here are some points why you should do a 365 Day Project.
The 365 Day Project is a self project. You do what you want to do. (But there are groups in flickr, and the web which have assignments per week or per day, so it will help you think of a concept for the day.)
Everyone has their own style for there 365 Day project, some people take Selfportraits, some use there cellphone while going to work, some practice there lighting techniques, some really exert effort in doing a photoshoot everyday.(There are no rules)
You get to practice photography everyday (I was shooting 20min-2hours everyday just to get the perfect shot for the day)
It pushes your creativity to the limit! You have to think of a new technique, new lighting, new concept each day
You get to know new people (The 365 Community in Flickr – They Are AWESOME!)
I learned Photography and Lighting by doing the 365 Day Project (I wouldn’t become the photographer I am today if it wasn’t for this project)
Some of the best pictures I’ve taken are from my 365 Day Project
The project is where I learned how to light (Or how to Strobist)
You can tell your stories (Some people blog while doing there project)
It’s Super Fun!
You get to share your photos (I was also sharing my setup shots for the day. Sharing is Caring :p)
I was in a bad place when I started the project, it was one of the down times in my life, and the project helped me A LOT. It was my outlet. I got to express myself thru my pictures and a little bit of writing. (While doing my project, I had a lot of ups and downs, but it’s nice to look back at those moments and see what you have accomplished after a year)
I think the best accomplishment is when you finish the project and you can get to look back the past 365 days, and see how you’ve grown as a photographer and also as a person. I really believe that this is one of the best way to learn and to practice your photography skills. Whether you’re a Pro or just a hobbyist, doing this project will help you in photography. The year is almost ending, and 2014 is just a few weeks away, so Jan.1 will be a great start to your 365 Days! (I might even join you in your journey).
If you have a 365 Day project, feel free to comment below and share your works.
Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!