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Consider Starting A Photography Project365 In The New Year

Copyright ellie

Copyright ellie

As the year winds down and many of us starting looking towards setting goals for the new year, I’d like to put a little bug in your ear.  Or on your screen.  Consider starting a Project365.

What is a Project365?  While they can take many forms depending on your hobbies, for photography’s sake it’s the simple act of taking a picture every day for a year.  Many people will then post the photos on their blog, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums or just send them to friends.  The format of presenting is not the important part of the project, although it can become a very useful way to keep committed to the project.

The idea behind starting a Project365 is to make photography an every day event, with hopes of improving the art.  It also has the added benefit of forcing a photographer to slow down and take a different look at the world around them.

It seems those who start a Project365 either make it past the three week mark and keep going, or abandon all hope.  Others still will flail along, juggling a busy schedule with the desire to make photography more of an every day event.  The point, for me, isn’t whether or not you make it the whole 365 days (although I commend those who complete the project!) but that the effort is made.  Admittedly my own attempt to start a project last year made it only 27 days.  But those 27 days did spark new interest in photography for me and I’m hoping more of you out there can catch the bug and run with it.

I’ve turned to the Internet and a couple of folks running their own Project365 to see what advice they might have for others starting out on a Project365.  Karen Jordan is well beyond half way through her project.  Her blog is a daily chronicle of macro and every day life shots and she also tweets as ice66 on Twitter.  Stacy Ericson captures her Project365 using an iPhone and presents her work on her blog as well as tweeting as Ithili.

Karen

First, plan ahead. On a good day I usually have a couple of ideas in my head when I start shooting. On a bad day…..not so much.

Second, be prepared to toss those plans when something interesting comes your way. Sieze the moment, as it were.

Third, have fun…you won’t be thrilled with every shot. Perfection is not possible when you are on this tight a schedule and have a life and a job and well, you know what I mean.

Stacy

In a half a year I have definitely improved as a photographer. I have learned to frame a photo quickly (since people are always waiting on you when you are doing 365 and pause outside Outback Steakhouse to snap a Coleus leaf) and not rely on cropping–most of mine are not cropped.

Because of the limitations of the iPhone and the unlimited apps, I have broken free of the Puritan girl in me who used to insist that I was cheating if I even thought about using “effects” or doing anything but the most basic post-processing. The freedom to go crazy with color and light made me realize that I have a certain look that I want to achieve and I am much more in tune with what that looks like and how to create it.

This has affected my business photography and the way I see myself and the world. Finally, the 365 Project forces you to look for and to see beauty and possibility in every moment of life–and that is, indeed, the whole point of taking a photo every day for a year.

Resources

One of the easiest and free ways to start a Project365 is to sign up with Flickr and join the 365 Days or Project 365! or Project 365 group pools (yes, there is a difference between those last two).  It’s a great way to keep inspired and to meet other photographers with similar interests.  If you’re on Twitter, add the hashtag #project365 to your posts to make it easier for others to find your photos.

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  • http://365project.org/ Rachel

    Hi,

    Everyone considering or currently doing a 365 project for the year should definately check out 365Project…

    http://365project.org/

    This is a great niche website specifically aimed at documenting your life through photography and is an ideal way to improve your photography skills.

    The site is super easy to use, displays your life photos in an awesome calendar and has one of the friendliest and supportive communities of photographers around. the quality of photographs uploaded on a daily basis are outstanding and you can always find inspiration for your own project, In addition, you can link your profile to Facebook and Twitter, enabling you to share your memories with friends, this also makes it slightly easier to remember to take your daily photo.

    If you have already started a project you can upload your images for previous dates and even years and continue with lots of inspiration.

    Check out my project…. http://365project.org/Rachel

    And feel free to follow me!

    Thanks for reading and good luck with your 365 projects!

    Rachel

  • http://www.millemots-365.blogspot.com sensor-eyezed

    I also found the idea for a 365 project here on DPS in Dec. Before I committed I did a ‘dry run’ for a couple of weeks – found it very rewarding and a great motivator to get the camera out every day. I’m still working on the ABC of photography (Always Bring Camera) but getting better. It helps to enlist the support of family – my wife tolerates absences during dinner (when the light is so good) a little better now – I didn’t say she understands :)

    Encouragement from the wider community and fellow 365-ers is also very useful. Feel free to view and comment/provide constructive feedback on my site.

  • steve

    I have to second what Rachel said, I read this article in March and got started on my project. I was posting my photos for my friends to se on FB but then I joined up with http://365project.org/ which is simply a wonderful community of fellow photographers and has been great for meeting people, looking at thier photos every day, and recieveing feedback. This adds so much more to the 365 project for me!

  • http://ndjmom.wordpress.com/ Dawn

    I think I’m up to the challenge, let’s see what happens. I have a blog with a photography section http://ndjmom.wordpress.com/ I’ll be interested to see who cares, other than me by the end of this experiment.

  • http://1year365fotos.blogspot.com/ Ruben

    Here is my Project, hope to have some feedback
    Thankyou!

  • http://1year365fotos.blogspot.com/ Ruben

    http://1year365fotos.blogspot.com/

    Here is my Project, hope to have some feedback
    Thankyou!

  • http://www.passionforphotos.com Friedhelm Golz

    I am doing this the second year. Take a look at http://www.passionforphotos.com. It is a great way to stay fit with your camera!

  • Stephany Brown

    The link for Karen Jordan’s blog above took me to some quite unexpected & explicit photos! Might want to look into that! Not my idea of 365 photos! Lol!

  • http://brankicaunderwood.com/ Brankica

    I think I will start this in 2014. Not sure if I will join any groups as I am just getting my first “real” camera but I will for sure make an album on FB and share the photos with my friends over there. I guess they will have to be even more sick of photos of my dogs :) I clicked over the your 31+ experiment page, I see a lot of things I want to go through so thanks for this idea, off to read your experiments…

  • WetcoastBob

    There is an excellent platform for a photo-a-day: Blipfoto.com. The photo you publish for today must be taken today!

  • David Brennan

    Started mine at the start of the year
    http://finishwithcoffeeandcake.wordpress.com

Some older comments

  • Stephany Brown

    December 26, 2011 06:57 am

    The link for Karen Jordan's blog above took me to some quite unexpected & explicit photos! Might want to look into that! Not my idea of 365 photos! Lol!

  • Friedhelm Golz

    January 20, 2011 02:49 am

    I am doing this the second year. Take a look at www.passionforphotos.com. It is a great way to stay fit with your camera!

  • Ruben

    January 2, 2011 09:12 pm

    http://1year365fotos.blogspot.com/

    Here is my Project, hope to have some feedback
    Thankyou!

  • Ruben

    January 2, 2011 09:12 pm

    Here is my Project, hope to have some feedback
    Thankyou!

  • Dawn

    December 7, 2010 05:18 am

    I think I'm up to the challenge, let's see what happens. I have a blog with a photography section http://ndjmom.wordpress.com/ I'll be interested to see who cares, other than me by the end of this experiment.

  • steve

    July 16, 2010 04:35 am

    I have to second what Rachel said, I read this article in March and got started on my project. I was posting my photos for my friends to se on FB but then I joined up with http://365project.org/ which is simply a wonderful community of fellow photographers and has been great for meeting people, looking at thier photos every day, and recieveing feedback. This adds so much more to the 365 project for me!

  • sensor-eyezed

    February 12, 2010 05:00 pm

    I also found the idea for a 365 project here on DPS in Dec. Before I committed I did a 'dry run' for a couple of weeks - found it very rewarding and a great motivator to get the camera out every day. I'm still working on the ABC of photography (Always Bring Camera) but getting better. It helps to enlist the support of family - my wife tolerates absences during dinner (when the light is so good) a little better now - I didn't say she understands :)

    Encouragement from the wider community and fellow 365-ers is also very useful. Feel free to view and comment/provide constructive feedback on my site.

  • Rachel

    January 17, 2010 06:27 pm

    Hi,

    Everyone considering or currently doing a 365 project for the year should definately check out 365Project...

    http://365project.org/

    This is a great niche website specifically aimed at documenting your life through photography and is an ideal way to improve your photography skills.

    The site is super easy to use, displays your life photos in an awesome calendar and has one of the friendliest and supportive communities of photographers around. the quality of photographs uploaded on a daily basis are outstanding and you can always find inspiration for your own project, In addition, you can link your profile to Facebook and Twitter, enabling you to share your memories with friends, this also makes it slightly easier to remember to take your daily photo.

    If you have already started a project you can upload your images for previous dates and even years and continue with lots of inspiration.

    Check out my project.... http://365project.org/Rachel

    And feel free to follow me!

    Thanks for reading and good luck with your 365 projects!

    Rachel

  • DelBoy

    January 11, 2010 01:36 pm

    For non-Flickr users, I have started a blog for people to list their Project 365 photo blog link's on:

    Add your links here: http://project365list.blogspot.com/

    I have already added my blog...

  • jUDITH BEAR

    January 8, 2010 08:18 am

    Hi ...Although the first 7 days passed aimed to catch up as of today 8th Jan 2010, need a challenge and motivation, thanks to DPS. Happy New Year & clicking JB

  • Sebastian Schaffert

    January 5, 2010 08:14 pm

    This is a really great idea, thanks for the tip! I also started a project 365 (http://www.schaffert.eu/project-365/), let's see how long I can manage to keep it running. ;-)

  • Carolyn R

    January 4, 2010 01:45 pm

    I did a project 365 in 2009 and will continue with 2010. My project was scrapbook based and every photo has a little journaling with it. The purpose was not to improve my photography skills but to document my life for an entire year. I'm not that interesting but it has proven to be very interesting and tells the story of life in 2009. I want to document more items that are related to new discoveries, news of the day, prices, etc. in 2010 that will have an end result of more of the history of life in 2010.

  • Willie Dorais

    January 2, 2010 11:39 pm

    I wanted to pass on that I took my first pic yestarday and it can be found ai willied17.blogspot.com. I also have a website with my other pics which can be found at wdbythesea.shutterfy.com

  • Rick

    January 2, 2010 10:15 pm

    What a great article and inspiration. I've decided to give it a try myself. I think that if I can make it past day 30 then I should be set for the whole year.

    Check it out here: http://www.photog365.com.

  • Angela K. Nickerson

    January 2, 2010 04:51 pm

    Fittingly I started my Project 365 today, January 1. I have a photo slide show running on my blog: http://www.gypsysguide.com. I truly hope I can make it all the way through the year!

  • Samantha

    January 2, 2010 03:03 pm

    Hello all. I started my Project 365 today also. Feel free to come over and check me out.

    www.samanthawhitephotography.blogspot.com

  • Sally

    January 2, 2010 10:49 am

    I finished a 100 Days project last spring, so I'm taking a leap and doing the full 365 days this year!

  • Willie Dorais

    January 2, 2010 04:54 am

    I'm going to do the challange....Will give me a boost to learn more about my camera and enjoy the out doors...Feel free to vheck out my sites and leave a comment

  • Marc

    January 1, 2010 08:54 pm

    I start also on the January 1st, see www.atdico.com and Flickr.

    Please feel free to drop comment or even follow de blog.

  • dick.

    January 1, 2010 05:22 am

    I am in. check out my daily posts starting January 1st on www.df3photo.com/project-365-2010

    enjoy.

  • Daniel Antunes

    December 31, 2009 09:37 am

    What a great idea!
    After reading this article some time ago I finally decided to start my 365 project next 1st of January.
    Here is the link:
    http://daniel365days.blogspot.com/
    Please feel free to drop by, comment or even follow de blog.

  • Daniel Antunes

    December 30, 2009 10:00 pm

    What a great idea!
    This article has inspired me to create my own 365 days photography project.
    Let's hope I can keep it going for the whole year! :D
    I'm starting on the 1st of January.

    Feel free to drop by:
    http://daniel365days.blogspot.com/

  • Chris D.

    December 28, 2009 09:26 pm

    I've been considering doing this for a while, and finally decided to give it a go, starting on 01/01/2010. The posting times will be a bit random, but I'm determined to get through the year.

    http://doctordunford.blogspot.com/

  • Valerie

    December 26, 2009 01:10 pm

    This project has made me a better photographer. I highly recommend it. I even sold six of my images from the project.

  • Moriah Cuda

    December 24, 2009 04:17 pm

    *sigh*

    Alright. I'll bite. :)

    http://moriahcuda365.blogspot.com/

  • Jennifer M.

    December 22, 2009 12:01 pm

    I also am doing this project - started just before Thanksgiving. I found a cool site that encourages this project for photography in particular: http://365project.org/ - I post my project photos on there as well as on flickr. Sometimes they have themes as well, which helps when the ideas are running thin!

  • werner

    December 21, 2009 08:53 pm

    Thanks for idea - just set everything up @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mosabuam/sets/72157622917248271/ and now I wait for the 1.1.2010 ...

  • Alexandra Mecoli

    December 21, 2009 10:53 am

    You win! I've been thinking about doing this project and althought I just started and been getting frustrated a few times I am happy I am doing it. I'm not an expert photographer or one that usually sticks to long term projects but I figured it will be a fun challenging learning experience so here it goes!

    you can see my latest photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/30851405@N05/sets/72157622914927725/

    and you can read about my experience and challenges on my blog www.amecoli.com

    are you doing a project365? I would love to connect with you on twitter! find me at www.twitter.com/amecoli

    http://www.amecoli.com/wp-content/uploads/Picture-3.png

  • bee

    December 20, 2009 03:11 am

    @Jamie: *publishing* a photo each day is a way I like this 365 thing. I started to take self portraits every day 2 years ago and I don't like it. Sure you get better if you take pictures every day. But to be honest, my every day life always is the same. And after a while I felt forced by this project so I broke it up.

    But to say: I want to take 7 pictures a week and publish them, one each day: That's a great idea! I'll think about it!

  • Milts

    December 19, 2009 04:55 pm

    Great idea! I've also been inspired by Chase Jarvis' passion for taking shots everyday with his iPhone so I'm practicing seeing ordinary things in a new way through my iPhone in preparation for starting a Project365 on Jan 1st. It feels so different to hunting for sellable shots with my 5DMkII! As others have mentioned it will be testing to upload a shot every day so I might go for a weekly blog posts with 7 shots.

  • Yrbkmomma

    December 19, 2009 01:11 pm

    I've been preparing to do this beginning Jan. 1. I've been taking "practice shots" this month, just trying to get a feel for the time and the type of shots I want to try to do. I'd like to focus on one theme, but I haven't settled on anything yet. I'm hoping to make a book at the end of the project--just as a memory of the year and the experience. Thanks for all the honest comments above--I'm sure I'll hit the wall several times! Thanks also for the encouragement to just dive in and do it! I'm very excited about the possibilities and the chance to develop my eye!

  • Abdulwahab Alhajji

    December 19, 2009 06:10 am

    great idea , gonna start in 2010 for sure =)
    thanks =)

  • DMT

    December 19, 2009 05:06 am

    I'm going to do this. I have been thinking about it for some time and love the idea! I have no problems finding things I want capture. I have my iPhone, my Point and shoot that I carry with me every day as well and my Canon 30d - my baby. The hardest part for me, in the past, is posting daily or even weekly. Anyone have experience with the wifi flash cards?

  • Emon Hassan

    December 19, 2009 04:03 am

    I've started something like this recently but call it NYfty50. The idea is to only shoot with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens every day and post on my blog. At least one image a day. Has to be shot the same day or within 24-hours prior to posting, if things get busy. Loving it.

    On day 21 now.
    http://www.emonhassanphotography.com/?s=nyfty50

  • Alan Nielsen

    December 19, 2009 01:54 am

    I tried in 2009, I really did. It was going great at the beginning then fell apart after a few months. I blame my camera. I didn't want to lug around my camera bag with me everywhere I go to capture something. So if I get a little point/shoot for Christmas, then i will try again.

  • Sonofagunner

    December 19, 2009 01:48 am

    This sounds like it might be a good way to sharpen my skills. Really have to think about this one.

  • Lindan

    December 18, 2009 10:49 pm

    I started a blog named 365 on my birthday (which very conveniantely is exactly midyear, July 1st) this year. 171 pictures sofar, not a day missed, and almost half time. I hate myself for the idea every night when I realise I have to post yet another photo before going to bed but I will not give up. I do long for my next birthday though.

    But mostly it's fun. And I actually like the challenge in trying to find something worth documenting every day.

  • Joel

    December 18, 2009 10:03 pm

    Inspiring post and I think I will take on the challenge! I'll try to post my photos daily on my blog at : http:// www.shutteria.com

  • Tim

    December 18, 2009 09:53 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/alborath/4180645889/' title='2009-12-13 Family Portraits 054' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2749/4180645889_d0ecc48492.jpg']

  • Tim

    December 18, 2009 09:52 pm

    i started mine just over a month ago - 365 days of bokeh photos
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alborath/sets/72157622646710955/

  • Adi Chiru

    December 18, 2009 06:15 pm

    Hi all,

    A few days before reading this I also received a link from one of my co-workers that really impressed me: Jamie Livingston seemed to be able to take a photo each day (of his life I may add) from 1979 to 1997 when he died. This is where you can find the images: http://photooftheday.hughcrawford.com/

    The idea is really great an nothing bad I can see as coming out of it, so I will start it on 24 December 2009; I don't see why I should wait the 1st of January....

  • Bluefly

    December 18, 2009 02:11 pm

    I thought about the 365 days but I don't know if I could keep it up, so I was thinking of a bit shorter project like 54 weeks. One photo per week, still will last a year but it will give busy people a break. Just a thought. And even projects lasting 6 months or every day for a month. Just to get going.

  • Heysemberg Uribe

    December 18, 2009 10:37 am

    I am starting my Project 365 on January 1st. Will tell you all how it goes. Thanks.

  • TDog

    December 18, 2009 10:14 am

    I love this idea. It's very inspiring. I'm looking forward to starting it 1 January 2010.

  • Jillian Bisinger

    December 18, 2009 08:12 am

    My husband and I dove into the 365 challenge about 300 days ago, along with a few other friends who vowed to post a picture a day of themselves for one year. One of the groups fell out at day 45 and the other group dropped at day 87. We're still hanging in there....but we experienced a lot of setbacks when the Wedding Season hit and we didn't have time with all of our other deadlines (we're full-time wedding photographers). We've found it to be a very difficult project...not to be discouraging. We have about 45 days left and 100 images to produce. But we refuse to give up, because what kind of message would that send to our clients?
    My biggest piece of advice would be to set your guidelines as loose as possible. Like, maybe don't say you're only going to take pictures of yourself. (: Haha, I'm so tired of looking at us! And If you miss a day - don't quit...just make it up the next day. Not every picture is going to rock your socks....that's ok too - just post it, it's part of the fun (: You might inspire someone else, even if it's not inspiring to yourself.
    You can go check out the final days of our 365 at http://modernphotographyblog.com. Don't be shy about leaving a comment - we need all the encouragement we can get. Thanks! -Jill

  • Scott

    December 18, 2009 08:12 am

    I came across some one that was working on one earlier this year, [ his is still going on, he's on day 351 and he took more than a picture a day, check it out at http://www.edwardcrim.com/FP365.html ] While I liked his work and the concept, I just couldn't get my mind beyond the enormous amount of time, effort and commitment this must take. But I've got to say that reading this discussion thread has really got me thinking about taking the plunge. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • prophecyblur

    December 18, 2009 07:15 am

    I have just started this myself, and am currently up to day 21 http://prophecyblur.com

    I think this is a fantastic way to force yourself to v=become a more creative and observant photographer. I just hope i can stay the distance!

  • Benoit

    December 18, 2009 05:47 am

    It is a very good idea. I did one myself and made a Blurb book out of it! It is really amazing to seat back and see the story of your life for the last year.

    The goal I had was to improve, but if you're doing it for this unique purpose, you'll missed the point. On many, many days you will end up taking a picture of about anything to make it or you'll take picture of a particular moment but since it is a particular moment, you won't have time to make a complicated set up.

    I think the real goal should by to make a diary of your year and hoping to improve as an extra.

  • Andrea

    December 18, 2009 04:37 am

    I'm just finishing my second year; it's sometimes difficult, and there are days where I've had to "recreate the moment", but it's such a great chronicle of my life! This year, I discovered shuttercal.com, where you can organize and keep track of your daily photos, as well as browsing through (and commenting on) other people's photos. It has helped me to remain accountable, as well as being part of a daily photo community.

  • Evelyn

    December 18, 2009 04:26 am

    I heard of the 365project a while ago, but I was unsure whether i would attempt to complete it....I've decided that I will starting on January 1st 2010.

    I have decided to start mine on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/photos.php?id=601097653#/pages/Geelong-Australia/Evelyn-Robinson-Photos/194177963834?ref=sgm I am going to split it into 2 albums (the limit is 200 photos per album)

    I also thought, that seeing as 2010 is a start of a new decade, you could compile a photo for each of the Ten years...I'm sure you'd be able to find one or more hilights that you captured each of those 10 years (if you've been doing photography for that long)

  • L.

    December 18, 2009 03:55 am

    Ohhh! This sounds like a good challenge (:
    One question though, do you edit the photos each day before you post them or upload them au natural?

  • Jon

    December 18, 2009 03:43 am

    Do you find yourself shooting several pictures a day or just making sure you get in your one picture? My problem is I wouldn't want to snap a picture just so I felt I met the goal, so I wouldn't take picture all day because I'm trying to find something worth shooting or afraid I'll find something better later. At the end of the day, I have nothing.

    Also, I can't take my primary camera with me, which I'm trying to improve with. How many use a point and click or even a camera phone and try to do creative shots with that?

  • Allison

    December 18, 2009 03:29 am

    I have almsot finished this years project 365 and unlike last year I didn't miss ONE day! I'm so proud of my self this year! Good luck everyone on your project!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/allisonjennings/

  • Teri

    December 18, 2009 03:23 am

    Oop, forgot to give you my blog link where I have documented it all........http://teriargo.wordpress.com

  • Teri

    December 18, 2009 03:22 am

    I would encourage anyone to do this. It has been a great learning experience for me. I can't believe I only have 15 days left!

  • Pike

    December 18, 2009 01:52 am

    I decided that I wasn't going to wait until the New Year, I'll just start now. First picture (a mirror self-portrait) went up yesterday.

  • Mary Anne

    December 18, 2009 01:42 am

    I was considering a 365, but have decided on a 52 instead, knowing that I would stress myself out with the 365 and set myself up for failure. I'm a mom and working full time ... time is not on my side! If the 52 goes well, maybe I'll consider kicking it up a bit. Should be fun, though. I need something to inspire me and I think this will do that!

  • ArkyMark

    December 17, 2009 07:28 pm

    Just a quick note to all of you considering using Flickr for your 365-projects : If you have the "free" account, your Photostream will be limited to the last 200 photos you've loaded, and all the earlier ones will remain "hidden" (but not actually deleted). To remove this limitation (and restore all your photos prior to the last-200), you'll need to buy a "Pro" account at $25 / year. (There's also a 100 MB / Month & 2-video / Month upload limit on free accounts.) So the free accounts won't be enough to show 365 photos - especially if you use your Flickr account for other photos, too...

    This is not to knock Flickr, and obviously millions have decided it's worth the few extra $$ a year to upgrade. But if you want to do a 365-Project and can't afford the upgrade, you might want to think about setting up your 365-blog someplace without these limitations, though all of the "free" ones are bound to have limits somewhere down the line. There's Blogger.com and WordPress.com that offer free accounts - and from what I could find out, WordPress.com gives you a flat-out 3 GB of storage on a free account (no mention of file-number limits) - and Blogger.com uses your Picasa Web Album (you'll have to get one) and you're limited to whatever your account-size there is.

    Of course, setting up your own domain / website is easier than ever and then you get to call all the shots yourself - but I understand that's not for everyone...

    I'm certainly not trying to discourage anyone here - in fact I'm getting inspired myself - just please make sure you know that you'll have the space for at least 365 photos, and that all of them will remain available for the year! I'd hate for anyone to get started on such a project only to be disappointed by discovering such limitations later. If you're looking for good advice on which-services-provide-what from folks who actually use them, I'm sure the Forums here at DPS would be a great place to start.

    And Best of Luck to all of you on your 365 Projects!

  • Adriana_G

    December 17, 2009 06:01 pm

    Since reading this thread I've seriously considered starting this 365 project. I'm already a Flickr member, so it would be a matter of joining the relevant groups. Hmmmm....my starting date may just be 1st Jan 2010... thanks for a great post, and such a timely reminder. This is better than any New Year's Resolution I've made in the past! :)

  • Tittan

    December 17, 2009 09:02 am

    I'm up for this challenge. I've already set up a set on my flickr account, and I'm eager to start :)

  • HawleyJR

    December 17, 2009 08:32 am

    I highly recommend everyone to try a 365 group. I am 100 days into my first year and have really enjoyed the challenges that it brings. Yesterdays photo was taken while body surfing in Mexico and shows some of the challenges and that the project brings:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bawley/4191291718/' title='100/365' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2561/4191291718_80e891975e.jpg']

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bawley/4191291718/

  • Julie

    December 17, 2009 08:26 am

    I am on day 104 of my 365 project and have been loving the daily challenge. It has pushed me to take photos of things I wouldn't normally take photos of. It also keeps me always looking for opportunities in my day to "capture" something unique. Highly recommended.

  • jodyhi

    December 17, 2009 06:22 am

    I was thinking of starting a project of photos from around my home town. It has a good mix of nature and industrial land and rather extreme seasonal changes, so I'll have no shortage of material. I know I won't be able to commit to anything more than a project52, but it would still get me out shooting once a week.

  • Tim A.

    December 17, 2009 06:20 am

    Almost done with my first year...not sure if I'll do it again... It's pretty stressful to be honest. There are days where I just shot...well...crap...but I shot anyway and I uploaded it after doing a quick and dirty pass through with LR2.

    And the stress is doubled by the fact that my parents who live in Japan seem to be using my blog entries as proof of their son's existence (I know...but you should see the concerned e-mail I get when I miss just a day...let alone 2...) and since I started up upload it not just on my blog but Facebook, I seem to have developed a lurking fanbase...so now I have a pressure to perform!

    I don't know if I'll do it again next year. I may post a pic every day but I may focus on not just taking a pic but going over some of the 500GB of photos from just 2009 to see what I've missed and worked on my editing skills too. Though I have to also admit that it was a fantastic experience and I really can't think of anything else that will truly continue to improve one's eye for photography.

    So yeah. Everyone should try it :)

  • Dennyboy

    December 17, 2009 04:04 am

    Just coming to the end of my 365-2009 and i have enjoyed it but it can get real hard and i have good shots and bad shots mixed in. I have learnt, i crop less, i shoot less, i photoshop less. So its been a good thing.

    365-2010??? Maybe i will take some time off! Will miss it i reckon.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennyboy/sets/72157612104619028/

  • Javi

    December 17, 2009 03:00 am

    Thanks for the suggestion!!! I will begin my Project365 on Jan 1st and blog the results (with a little luck, year round)!!!

  • Alexandru

    December 17, 2009 01:54 am

    I'm on my 3rd project365 already. :) And I will continue next year as well.

    I think the hardest part is finding things to take a picture of during a busy day. If I don't find anything then I take a picture of things in the house or something. And I feel sometimes it becomes a routine, but I still continue the project because I love it. I also write what I did everyday, which is important to connect the pictures with the days. And at the end of the year I grab a glass of wine and start a slideshow of the year in pictures, which is a nice way to reflect on the year that passed. :)

    Somehow related to this is the story of a guy taking a Polaroid picture everyday for 17 years until the day he died: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/15131

  • Rob

    December 17, 2009 01:30 am

    I did my first 365 as a form of therapy and it not only aided my getting better but has given me and invaluable record of progress. When my year was up I gave serious thought to stopping. There were days when it was a chore and there were days when I didnt like a single picture I took. But in the end, it had become part of my life and it was a good part. I am so glad I continued. The benefits to me as a photographer are enormous:

    1 - Just the act of shooting every days is bound to make you better.
    2 - I have a record of progress as I develop better skills. One of the hardest things to do while learning is to see progress.
    3 - As my year progressed, I got more and more picky about what I posted. In the first 6 months of my 365 I had 0 pictures "explored" on flickr. In my last 6 months I had 14! Learning to recognize the good and bad of your own pics is a lesson in itself.
    4 - I "see" so much more because of those uninspired days when I just went out searching for something to shoot. Some of my best pictures were things I had walked past before and never thought about.
    5 - I have gotten some great pictures because I had my camera. I had my camera because I always have my camera. I always have my camera because I take any opportunity to "flickr." I use a K200D with a battery pack and it was a shock going from a P&S to this huge thing. Now I dont think twice. It have become part of me.

    365 is not for everyone. It is hard. Its supposed to be! Nothing in life that is easy is worth a darn. That is why the rewards are so great. I highly encourage at least giving it a try for one year.

  • Rick

    December 17, 2009 12:49 am

    I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking about doing this for 2010--then I got the email from Digital Photography School this morning. I'm going to start now just to get prepped up for January 1.

  • Amy Wurdock

    December 17, 2009 12:46 am

    I started a 365 in our community last year and have gathered enough support that we are going to continue in 2010. It is a collaborative project using 7 different photographers and multiple guest photographers.

    I would love to talk to anyone who might be interested in starting a neighborhood 365 on how to start your own.

    Powderhorn365

  • Pike

    December 16, 2009 11:49 pm

    Awesome idea! I'm a total amateur when it comes to taking photo's but seeing my photographers result from my wedding in October was a total inspiration! Now that I'm no longer a solo operation I figured what better way to chronicle my life than with photo's. I think I might give this a go!

  • ArkyMark

    December 16, 2009 11:39 pm

    I understand and appreciate the basic concept here, and the benefit you get from “working your way through it” and making it a year-long learning process … the problem for most of us is actually carrying through with it. I’ve been thinking about this, and I think I’ve imagined an interesting alternative…

    Taking a picture every day of the year may not be practical for some of us, but I’ll bet most of you take a lot more than 365 photos a year! (I average about that many on a good day’s hike!) So how about a “365-Retrospective” of 2009’s photos?

    If you have your photos half-way organized somehow – like with Lightroom or a similar cataloging program – it should be easy to view all the shots you’ve taken since Jan. 1, 2009 (and up to Dec. 31). Pick your favorite 365 and “tag” them somehow (keyword, flag, whatever). If you’re as prolific as I am, it should be no problem to “span the year” – but the problem will be deciding on the 365! (Think of it this way: Your “top-five” could be presented “showcased” somehow, with the other 360 representing the 360-degrees on a compass. In other words, it’s the year in “full circle”. You could even make a Flash slideshow that presented them this way in “carousel” fashion!)

    I’ll leave the rest up to you. I know 356 photos are a lot to post to a blog all at once, but there are lots of other options. DVD slideshows, for example…

    Just a thought…

  • Chris Parker

    December 16, 2009 11:03 pm

    I've been doing this for just over a year - at least it forces me to go out and take photos once a week or so.

    http://www.hang-out.co.uk/potd/

  • Zack Jones

    December 16, 2009 10:56 pm

    This is actually harder than it seems -- at least it is for me. I'm working my way through Project365 now but have forgotten to take photos on more days that I should. It takes a lot of commitment to do it. Good luck to those that start one!

  • Ken Worley

    December 16, 2009 10:45 pm

    I'm on day 67 of my second 365 project no my blog. This type of project really is a great to learn and improve your photography. Have fun and share with others.

  • James

    December 16, 2009 09:43 pm

    My idea is slightly different. I want to make a time-lapse video of the whole year, compressed into one day.

    The plan is to hook a webcam up to my PC and take several photos each day of the view outside my house, and then stitch the whole lot together into a video. If I stagger each day's shots from the last ones, I'll be able to capture 24h worth of video, but spread across the whole year. So it'll be "morning" in January, by about June it'll be mid-day, and by December it'll be the evening.

    Since it's pretty dark in the UK around January I'll probably start at mid-day, otherwise there'll be a whole lot of blackness for the first few "hours". Hopefully, by June I'll be taking photos around midnight where the darkness is shorter.

  • David Kirba

    December 16, 2009 04:25 pm

    Might be just what I need. I've been very sad that photography has stopped being a daily part of my life as work has taken over. Thanks for posting this. :)

  • Chris

    December 16, 2009 04:18 pm

    This is a very cool idea!

  • oliverignacio

    December 16, 2009 03:42 pm

    nice idea for 2010.. thanks for posting!

  • Bill McCarroll

    December 16, 2009 02:43 pm

    Decided not to wait for the new year...why wait and let doubt set in? Jumped right in!

  • Jonathan Zenor

    December 16, 2009 02:39 pm

    This sounds like a fun project. I think I'll go for it, and make the weekly challenge here as a goal for what to aim for. Thanks for the idea!

  • vikki

    December 16, 2009 02:29 pm

    @ Jason,
    It's not true! I am the BIGGEST most pathologic procrastinator, and I'm on day 210 today! REALLY, not every day is inspired, (today is a case in point) but some days are great! And just having DONE it feels great!

  • Gabriel Ponzanelli

    December 16, 2009 02:28 pm

    It's a great idea and a lot of fun. Plus, you learn a lot while doing it.

    My current one is here. A photo a day taken, edited, and uploaded all from my iPhone. I started doing them in black & white at the start and just kept doing it. I have a feeling it'll all be black & white, but who knows what'll happen.

  • Jason Collin Photography

    December 16, 2009 02:13 pm

    I have known people on flickr who have participated in this project, but I know there is no way I'd be able to follow through on it...if there was a Project365 40% then I'd be in! (maybe)

    This is not the type of project a classic "put offer" like myself could ever succeed at.

  • Daisy

    December 16, 2009 01:49 pm

    I'm on day 122 and still going strong!

  • adam

    December 16, 2009 01:42 pm

    There's a guy doing his own 365 who has suggested the use of the #photo365ideas hashtag for sharing ideas when inspiration runs dry.

    (http://www.dawnstar.id.au/projects/365-ideas/)

  • Daniel F

    December 16, 2009 10:52 am

    I'm definitely doing a 365 in 2010. I'm a total photo newbie and i think this would be a great way to immerse myself in all things photography and force myself to learn.

  • Elli

    December 16, 2009 10:15 am

    I completed my first 365 project a couple months ago, and find myself really missing it now. I'm going to start a new one with the new year, and I'm brainstorming for theme ideas. I'd love to hear other people's ideas for a theme. (My first 365 project was a chronicle of my large family's life.)

  • Todd Eddy

    December 16, 2009 09:26 am

    I've been planning on doing a project, but a project52 (1 a week) since I know I'm too busy right now to do a project365. I like Jamie's suggestion of just publishing a picture a day. Wouldn't consider it "project365" but having a daily photo blog can be just as challenging. Maybe I'll do something like that and have one day a week be my project52 image. Think I'll start with the project and work my way up to a photoblog...

  • E.G.

    December 16, 2009 09:21 am

    Well, I'm about two weeks from completing my first 365. Yahoo!

    My two biggest tips:

    1. Get a camera that you can carry with you everywhere. An iPhone is great. Barring that, any cheap P&S will do. If you don't have your camera with you, you'll definitely miss a day here and there. If you do have a camera with you at all times, you'll not only have every opportunity to not miss a day, but you'll also have the chance to seize photographic moments that come your way. By all means, use your DSLR too... but it's generally too big to lug around. I use a Nikon L10. Cheap, and good enough. My Sony A200 comes out on weekends or evenings.

    2. Make a practice of taking a "safety shot" as soon as you leave the house in the morning... or at some other predefined time. That way, at least you have something to work with. And, it also triggers your brain to start looking for a better shot throughout the rest of your morning commute and the rest of the day.

  • vikki

    December 16, 2009 09:07 am

    http://vikkijac.blogspot.com/
    oops, forgot that!

  • vikki

    December 16, 2009 09:06 am

    I got my Canon XSi in March of this year, and in May I embarked on the Project 365 as a way to force myself to shoot more. I'm now on day 210 and I'm actually amazed that I'm still going, haven't missed a day! It's become a part of my daily routine, and I find that since I want to be novel-do something different- sometimes, I'm doing a lot more research and being more creative more often than I might have if I weren't doing this. I've learned SO much, and so many cool techniques. I'll see something on flickr and try to replicate it in my own way. I bring my camera almost everywhere, because when I haven't, I inevitably see something that I want to shoot.
    I think my only advice would be: to be kind to yourself, don't limit your subject matter (because some days you will be wiped out and uninspired and you take a shot of the dark night, or the grey sky and that's OK), and just have fun!
    BTW gmail blogger is free and really easy to use. And you can set it up to automatically update to facebook so all your friends see the pic of the day.

  • Jamie Lawrence

    December 16, 2009 09:04 am

    Instead of *taking* a new photo each day, you could opt for the easier project of *publishing* a new photo each day. This is what I've done since January 1st so I'm coming up on my anniversary soon. It still means you have to get out each weekend and shoot 7 publishable photos but it's more flexible with work/family/holiday commitments.

  • Erle Pereira

    December 16, 2009 08:49 am

    This sounds like a great Idea, Decided to do a #project365 in 2010 . Lets see how far I can make it through :) Would fun if there could be list of all DPS'ers taking this task on

  • DorkySister01

    December 16, 2009 08:41 am

    Thanks for the ideas. I'm totally geared for the challenge now. Think I'll start with the 365 - if I start falling behind, I can aim for the 52 and then the 12....

  • Jack Fussell

    December 16, 2009 08:33 am

    I've been thinking about doing a 365....maybe this is the year!

  • Stormy

    December 16, 2009 08:05 am

    Shuttercal.com is a good one too!

  • irene jones

    December 16, 2009 07:45 am

    I started a 365 photo blog with images and tips each day. It's become a part time job but I'm really loving it. I feel like I'm relearning things I forgot I knew as well as advancing my skills.

    http://www.irenejonesphoto365.blogspot.com

  • Bug23

    December 16, 2009 07:40 am

    I am doing one a day for this month, and am finding it both exciting, and frustrating at times. I post each day on my flickr account, and hope to improve over the month, but do sometimes find it difficult to find both time and inspiration. As a beginner it is a great way to become more involved with your camera, in my case a Canon 40D which I love. All I need now is a good macro lens, as I like working with those images. Might give 365 a go!

  • Victoria Klein

    December 16, 2009 07:39 am

    Thanks for the info about the Flickr groups & Twitter tag. I am planning on doing Project 265 next & am very excited!

  • junglebear

    December 16, 2009 07:22 am

    I think I'll do a 52 instead, one a week. I know for sure I'd be one of those who drops out after about 3 weeks!

  • Dan Callahan

    December 16, 2009 07:21 am

    less than 3 weeks to go until I complete my 365 for this year. I got my first dSLR for Christmas last year, and I committed to the 365 to help me get to know my camera better. I'm still learning a lot as I go, but I'm really glad I did it.

    My 365/09 Flickr set

  • summerbl4ck

    December 16, 2009 07:19 am

    Not wanting to wait until the new year or give myself time to chicken out, I started a couple days ago. Thx for the tips!

  • Marcy

    December 16, 2009 07:14 am

    I did a 365 project around my son, in the first year after he was born. I made it into a book, and am so glad I did it.

    I tried doing a general 365 for this year, but only made it thru mid-February before quitting-- I think I had too high of expectations for the level of photographs each day. I think I'll try again this year, with lowered expecations and an easier workflow.

  • Tyler

    December 16, 2009 07:13 am

    I might have a go, not one of those take a photo of myself ones though, just a take a picture of something - anything - every day, and to save time, upload them all at the end of a week... Maybe do a 52 photo challenge, and just take one photo a week.. hmmmm

  • Bill McCarroll

    December 16, 2009 07:06 am

    I'm up for it...a new year resolution that doesn't involve curbing my appetite!

  • Aaron

    December 16, 2009 07:04 am

    Hey I just started one on December 1st. Here are the last few I uploaded. It's about watches!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mygs29/4187729847/' title='Hitting from Behind' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2666/4187729847_5eb3985347.jpg']

  • Felicia

    December 16, 2009 06:46 am

    Hmmm...I may have to give this a try!

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