I have decided to challenge myself a bit in 2015. I’m going to take on a Project 365 photography challenge. Basically this means I’m challenging myself to take at least one photo every day for a year. I’m not sure who first came up with this idea. I heard about it years ago from some scrapbooking friends. It reminds me of Project Life by Becky Higgins, which is a process of documenting your life every day or every week in a scrapbook. Then recently I read about the challenge again on a photography blog and thought it sounded like an interesting idea and a fun way to challenge myself in 2015.
I already take a lot of photos, but I don’t always take one every day. I think this challenge will encourage me to take more photos and hopefully in the end to be taking better photos. I would also like to learn something along the way . . . such as the best way to take photos in low light settings or capture actions shots.
My first rule for this challenge: No rules
That’s right. I’m not going to stress myself out by making a bunch of rules for this challenge. Some days I’m sure I will grab my DSLR and try to take an amazing photo. Other days I expect I’ll snap a picture with my phone and call it a day.
But even without rules, I do think having some structure will help me complete the challenge so I have come up with 4 tips that I think will help me succeed:
Tip #1 – Make a list of photos to take so I have some direction when I’m not feeling creative
Not just a list of “things” to take pictures of, but ideas like “reflections” or “candlelight” or “patterns”. I think just having a list will spark some creative moments.
Tip #2 – Make a plan to organize my photos
So far I have downloaded 2 apps to try out that are meant to organize a photo every day. The first one is called “Collect”. I haven’t taken much time to explore this app but it has one feature I really like. . . it sends me a text message every day asking if I taken my picture for the day. I think that is a great idea! I love having “someone” to remind me that I want to take a picture every day.
The second app I downloaded is called “My365”. Like “Collect”, this app also has a calendar where you post and organize your pictures every day. It also has filters so you can add some fun edits to your photos. And from this app you can share the photo on Facebook or Twitter. I’m not sure I’ll do either of those, but the option is there if I want it.
Tip #3 – Carry my camera with me every day
I am already pretty good at this. While I don’t really like the extra weight my camera adds to my bag, I hate even more not having my camera when I need/want it.
Tip #4 – Decide how to share my photos
I love to upload photos to have books printed so I’m thinking about a photo book at the end of the year. I’ve been using Blurb for a few years and I’ve been pleased with how user-friendly their site is and the quality of the finished books.
I’m also going to share the photos on Instagram. I’ve seldom used it in the past, but I thought this would give me a little push to start using it more.
In the end, this challenge is really just another way to document my life. And I’m hoping to learn a little more about photography along the way. I think a year from now I will have accomplished something toward both goals. That’s my plan. Check back and see how I’m doing. And if you’ve ever tried a challenge like this let me know if you have any tips for me!