Taking a photo a day or “365 Day Project” is probably one of the most well-known photography challenges. While it works for some photographers, it’s not as good for the others – but a recent research shows that taking a photo each day can, in fact, be good for your well-being.
There are plenty of reasons to start a 365 project. It can develop your creativity and push it further, help you find your style and learn something new. It helps you meet new people and get feedback on your photos. Also, it can serve as a diary when you look back on it some time after it’s done. However, this type of project and this approach may not work for some people. And I seem to be among them. I tried doing a 365 project and it didn’t really turn out as I expected. So I decided to share my thoughts on its negative sides.
A week ago, we posted a 52 challenge for 2017, basically it’s a photographic task a week to help you evolve as a photographer. If you want to take it to the next level Photoblog are offering a similar concept. A printable calendar with a-task-a-day for the entire year of 2017.
The idea is simple, each day has a task and as you complete the task you cross the day of the calendar.
Personally, I think that 365 projects can be overwhelming at times, so having some guidance is a good thing. On the other hand, no one will spank you come up with a very creative interpretation to a task, or decide to swap a task with something of your own. You can use the calendar as a double duty constant reminder / idea list.
P.S. if you want to go the regular 365 project route, have a look at our 365 project guide here.
‘365 Days of Photos’, ‘One Photo a Day’, ‘One Shot, One Day’, ‘365 Days Challenge’ – do they sound familiar to you? Have you ever wanted to take at least one photo a day, every day… and I mean – every single day? Well I did. I read few interesting articles about it and I must say that I got so excited back then.
Put high demands on your shots. At first you may think – “Well, it’s not a big deal if I don’t have enough time to shoot. I may take a shot of my breakfast, my cat or my feet and… hurray I can cross out a day from my calendar”. The perspective slightly changes when it is not enough. You start to think – my shots are rubbish, I can do better than this. So what do you do? Of course you start ‘doing better’. You think about your weak shots (and you start to think that 99,99% of your shots are weak when you look close enough) and you get yourself together. You start to read books on photography, blogs and articles. You pay for some online photo courses and finally you try to put everything you learned in practice. And guess what – the magic happens! Your shots are getting better – and it is not only your own, subjective opinion but also your friends and family share this view. One or two weeks later after editing your let’s say Day 26, when it’s 2 a.m., you look at your computer screen and only one word comes to your mouth:
Devin Kelly recently decided to reveal his secret identity to his family and friends and told them that he’s one of the greatest villains ever to have lived – Darth Vader.
Ok, so he might have made that part up, but for the past year or so he’s been schlepping around a Darth Vader mask, creating a semi-biographical set of images depicting the Sith Lord living Devin’s day to day life.
Three hundred sixty five day photography projects are tough. There’s got to be a high level of dedication and desire to improve. Time has to be made everyday to conceive an idea, take the actual photograph, edit, and post it in your journal. Birthdays, holidays, sick days–it doesn’t matter, there’s still a photograph to be made, no matter what. But, all of those things that make 365 projects seem so daunting, are a large part of what makes them so beneficial to one’s progress. And, when you’re as dedicated and talented as AlexStoddard, they can legitimately bring your photography game to the next level.[Read More…]
The folks at COOPH have 7 Funky Photography Tips for your enjoyment (and no-inspiration-weekends). So if you have nothing planned for the up and coming weekend, or if you want to make your kids fall in love with photography, or if you seek inspiration, those seven ideas will get you going.
The third part showed you some really great motivation techniques to keep going. On top of that, Part III demonstrated how your bad days are as valuable as your good ones. Part IV revolves around the most precious thing a photographer can achieve: a unique signature.
In the first part of the Ultimate 365 Project Guide I briefly described the four stages of growth. The final and most important stage is creating your very own style of photography. Let me show you how basically everyone can achieve a unique signature with the “Helsinki Bus Station Theory” and how your 365 project will help you here.
It’s time for Part III of the Ultimate 365 Project Guide! The second part covered the golden rules, how to turn failure into success and why the battle royale of your own photos helps you improve in the long term.
Part III Revolves Around The Most Important Ingredient Of Your 365 Project: Motivation.