Starting a 365 photography project

         365 projects have gained popularity in the last years. The concept is very basic - take a picture every day. You can take a picture of anything that you find interesting, memorable or that somehow represents what is happening in your life. You can even take a picture of yourself every day to see how you change over a year.

         Now that you know what a 365 project is, the next question is, how do I get started? This article will tell you why you should consider starting a 365 project and what you need to start your 365 project today!  

Why start a 365 project?

  • It will improve your photography skills a great deal. Practice makes perfect, they say, and starting a 365 is a great way to force yourself to use your camera every day.
  • It is a great way to document your life! Life goes fast, and this is a great way to capture every single day of it. It is always nice to go back and look at all the things that happened in the last year. You might be surprised to see how many small moments you had forgotten about!
  • You will be forced to push the limits of your creativity, because you will have to come up with something new every day.
  • It’s a lot of fun!

What you will need

  • A camera. Nothing will beat a DSLR as far as quality, but it might also not be the most convenient option. They are heavy, not very discreet, and you might not want to carry your expensive camera around! Most of the time, any point and shoot digital camera will do. You can even use your phone if it takes high-resolution pictures!
  • Photo editing software (optional). You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this. Try The Gimp, it is a very powerful editing tool, and the best part is, it’s totally free!
  • A Flickr account, blog, or any other way to share your pictures with the world (optional). Most people like to share their 365 with the world. One of the most popular websites for this purpose is Flickr, mostly because it’s free and because of the great feedback that you can great from its community. There are dozens of 365 groups on Flickr, some of them with thousands of members. Joining these groups and uploading your pictures there will not only keep you accountable, but it will also provide you with some great feedback that will help you improve your photography.

Why not grab your camera and start right now? It might seem like a big undertaking, but if you stick to it, it will be worth it!