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Tracy Clar
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1792 days ago
 
Photo a Day for 365 days - I just started December 1st!

Hey there. I just started this project and am very enthused......  Since I just started, I wanted to get some input from others that have taken on this task.

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pictureiit
1791 days ago
 
It's a fun project.

I would suggest doing it of daily life. It makes it more interesting/memorable to look back on at the end of the year. I've done it both ways: daily life vs. artsy/heavily edited. Daily life is more of a keepsake, heavily edited is good for building skill. I do a portrait a day, plus take a handful of photos of people, places, and things in my life, too. That helps it tell a story. I usually make a collage, screensaver, or book at the end of the project.

I spend very little time on it. When you start out heavily editing and staging photos, it gets time-consuming and boring.. fast. I spend 10 minutes a day for a handful of photos I take a day, if that. I don't upload them daily. That takes more time, and then you get tempted to spend hours looking at other photos in the group. You could do the themes that they suggest. I personally try to '''capture the moment''' of my own life- instead of taking photos with sugar on my lips or writing on my hands or post your vices or face paint or any of the other staged themes. Not that the staged photos are not special, but it is not for me. I prefer to have something that has personal meaning to me, and staged does not. to me. There is plenty of room to grow as a photographer when taking '''life photos,''' such as lighting, composition, and such. If you are doing it to be creative, then staged might be the route for you, though. You could also take a self-portrait in the same position, then do a 'how you aged' video like some people do.

Have fun with it.

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captainkim
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1791 days ago
 
Photo-a-day can be a bit of a chore especially if you're doing heavy editing like myself. However it is extremely fun to do. Like pictureiit says it will help you build your skill level much faster. I try to do a photo-a-day but daily life catches up and sometimes you just can't physically post but I do average a photo-a-day regardless.
"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
- Ansel Adams
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rodia
1791 days ago
 
Photo a day is fantastic. The trick is not to worry too much about the photo  itself. Some days you will have time and inspiration for amazing shots, but some days you just have to settle for mediocre- it doesn't matter as long as you keep it going. An unbroken string of small achievements can be a very powerful motivator. But keep going even if you miss a day, it happens to everyone.

It changed my life, really. Three years ago I barely used my camera because the time was never right, the ideas were never exciting enough, my skills were never good enough...since I started doing 365 any time is right. I carry my camera around everywhere. My photography has improved, and best of all I have pictures of events in my life that might not have been documented at all if photos had not been the first thing on my mind. I used to say 'oh this would have been a nice situation for a picture if I had only taken my camera and knew how to take a good shot'. Excuses, excuses. Now I say 'I have my camera, let's go.'

Plus it beats writing a diary. Now that I have no patience for.


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mikeinspai
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1791 days ago
 
I think I am going to have a go at the 365 photography..  As you guys have already mentioned it is a great and still unique way to catalog/journal your year and that of your family and friends!!

I think the new year should be the obvious start day???



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superdewa
1791 days ago
 
I did it several years ago, when I had my point & shoot. I didn't finish the year, but I got a lot out of it -- including proving to the people around me that I was committed enough that gifts toward a dslr would be much appreciated!

I'm thinking about starting again, but just for the winter. The winter is the hardest time for me. It's gloomy, and it's harder to get around.


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Marleymax
1791 days ago
 
I'm thinking of playing with this idea and making a movie. It's so cool!! Don't think I'd be able to grow the beard and hair though especially the hair! (I'm a bald guy.)

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rodia
1790 days ago
 
I started mine on January 1st 2007. Haven't stopped yet. Missed a couple of days here and there, because of sickness or Bad Things, but I never actually stopped.

Not sure I ever will.


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tufteach
1790 days ago
 
You have all inspired me! I may have a go at this, too.



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belleariel
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1790 days ago
 
I'll give it a shot starting January 1.  Hope it lasts longer than those "I'm going on a diet" New Year's resolutions!


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mrbudjohns
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1789 days ago
 
it's tough. I'm in the middle of it - day 100something - I did mine  a little different - instead of 365 of me or of some topic - I'm doing 365 photos of my, with someone - like a group shot. it's been a lot of fun and I've met some cool people by doing it - and I'm really put my name out there for some profesh stuff. I recommend it, but it's tough sometimes. some days I take some really lame photos, but it's important not to miss a day!!!



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tufteach
1789 days ago
 
I think I would like to do a theme.  Hopefully I will be out and about more by  1/1. Any suggestions? Something different than my usual--barns, landscapesl, bridges, etc., for those of you who have seen my stuff. I kind of like the daily life idea, though mine is pretty boring. More specific?
Hope I did not steal your thread, TraceyClark. Perhaps ypou will get more ideas, also.
Thanks.



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jannz
1789 days ago
 
I have been influenced to look at things differently by seeking out specific requirements, eg finding shapes like triangles and circles, or a finding a specified colour. It made me look at things I usually ignored.


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superdewa
1789 days ago
 
Tufteach, you can do a theme, but I actually wouldn't worry about that so much. The thing about doing a photo a day is that most days it's not that hard, but some days you have a hundred great chances and it's painful to have to select just one, and other days you feel like there is just nothing to photograph -- you've done it all already, you don't feel like it, etc. -- and you have to come up with something. It's the days with a lot of options and the days with no options that challenge you and make you grow.


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tufteach
1789 days ago
 
I will start with a theme and if that doesn't work for me, I will continue with something else! I think I will start with shots having to do with my daily boring life, like feedine the critters, doing my meds, etc. and see how that goes.



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jannz
1789 days ago
 
Tufteach - I doubt there is much about you that could be described as boring. You are such a "can do" person who has a go at all sorts of things. I would apply words like creative, innovative, inventive.


I love my Sony A350.

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Great Beyo
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1789 days ago
 
With my second 365 project coming into the home stretch, I thought I'd come up with a top ten-ish list of hints tips and suggestions I've learned over the year that might help out folks just getting started. 

14) Take a self portrait from time to time. You'd be surprised just how much a person can change over the course of a year. Hair cuts, facial hair, the odd wrinkle or two - all probably worth documenting. So take one every couple or months or so. 

13) Realize what you're getting in for. It may not seem like it, but three hundred photos is a LOT. This project is a pretty big commitment. The rewards are just as big, mind you - but keep in mind exactly how much work is involved. There will be days where the muse leaves you, where nothing you shoot works out, where you feel like throwing in the towel. Keep slugging at it and next thing you know, you'll be on day 347 and rocking hard. 

12) Documentary vs Art? What's your goal for the year? Do you just want to capture a slice of your life or do you want to do some kind of art project with staged subjects and controlled lighting? While you can still have higher standards than just "point and shoot and take what you get" as a slice of life, they do have different mindsets in their approach.  I find myself trying to walk both paths. Often I'll spend all kinds of time getting artsy-fartsy on just one photo, and sometimes it's just a shot of everyone at my mom's birthday. So far I've been happy with the results, but perhaps staying focused one way or the other might work better for you. 

11) Plan ahead I don't necessarily mean "Tuesday will be a flower, Wednesday will be my kids, Thursday is sunsets" and so on, but keep a mental list (or a small notepad) of "Hey, that would be a good photo if the sunset is just right". Basically something to inspire you when you're in the dragging, uncreative moods. 

10) Don't put off that shot! When something catches your eye, drop whatever you are doing and take the shot! Just recently, I was at the grocery store and there was a awesome school bus (retired, obviously), done up with all kinds of decorations and crazy personalization. I hesitated, thinking "I'll just be a second - all I need to do is grab one thing. I can get it on the way out." . . . . and of course the bus was gone. Or on my road trip up to Mt St Helens, I drove past a great looking waterfall, but there was no place to turn around, so I decided to get it on the way out of the park. . . and of course later I couldn't find the same spot. 

09) It's 365 photos, not 365 Masterpieces. While my eye for photos has greatly increased over the last year, if I get 6 pictures out of 10 right, I'm thrilled. Sometimes I just point and shoot at something, anything and snap, and then live with the results. I don't have time, I'm not in the mood - whatever. Just snap and move on. 

08) Get a tripod While it's not practical to haul a tripod everywhere you go, I've found that keeping one in the car (or a small Gorillapod to keep on your person) is damn useful. I can't remember the times where I was cursing myself for not having my Tripod on hand, and wound up blowing a shot (of settling for second best) because of it. 

07) Don't wait until the last moment! There's been a couple of times I've looked at the clock and gone "DAMN! I need something now!" as the hands slowly ticked away to 11:56 pm. Probably the best bet is try and snap something early in the day, something disposable so you've got something to fall back to in case of disaster. 

06) Get yourself a light kit During the winter months, as the nights get longer and days get shorter, I find myself going outside less and less and that night photography doesn't really thrill me as much. The solution? A light kit! Now before you go "But those cost Big Money! I can't afford it", let me cut you off! All I did was get a white tablecloth (which I had on hand left over from Halloween), a folding card table (already on hand) and two Clamp Lamps and a couple of colored light bulbs. Total cost - about 10 bucks. Value to my shooting? Priceless! 

05) Stretch Yourself Tip six dovetails into this one nicely. I don't like night photography, but I go out and do it anyway. Get out of your comfort zone, play around with new subjects and new techniques, and don't be afraid to experiment. Remember tip nine - don't worry if it's not a masterpiece.

04) Flesh out the "why" Once you get your shot and upload it to Flickr (or whatever), just don't cut and run - add a background story to each of your shots. It may not be useful for anyone else, but at the end of the year when you look back over your project, you'll be able to see what you were thinking at the time or jog your memory about whatever prompted you to shoot the the picture 

03) Don't throw away the rejects! So not everything makes the cut, not everything is worthy of uploading to flickr and showing off to the world. That doesn't mean that you should delete the rejects and also rans. Get rid of the crap, of course - the completely blurry and out of focus ones, the ones where you left the lens cap on - but save the "hey, that one turned out OK, but I like that one much better" shots. Like I said, you don't have to share them, but hard drive space is cheap - just tuck them away somewhere safe. 

02) Always, always *ALWAYS* take your camera with you. A couple of months ago, there was one day when I had already taken that days photo and left my kit at home while I went out to run some errands. I didn't want to be burdened with my gear, I thought. As I was having a lovely lunch of doughnuts at this little mom and pop restaurant, this crowd of people in suits swoop in. Next thing I know, the Governor of the state comes in and starts pressing the flesh with all the customers. I blew my chance to get my picture with the Governor because I got lazy.

01) Have a spare And the most annoying thing of blowing my photo with the governor? I *DID* have a camera with me. I had just gotten a brand new cellular phone and was not used to the technology. Had I been thinking, I could have whipped it out and snapped a pic. Okay, it wouldn't be nearly as sexy or big or good looking as a photo off my main rig, but the backup camera would have been invaluable - if I had remembered I had it with me!



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RollsUp
1789 days ago
 
Great tips, Great Beyond! They'll come in handy when and if I ever start a 365 project. Thanks for taking the time to post them.


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rodia
1789 days ago
 
I second everything Great Beyond said. *nod nod*

The best part about taking your camera everywhere with you is that sometimes you see something that is neat, but not neat enought to make the trip back for. And if you have your camera on you that makes one less 'I should go back there someday'. Someday might never come, or if it does, the thing you liked might not be there anymore. I mean, how many times have you heard yourself say that? Try counting.

Like today. I was in a part of town I never really go to, and it wasn't a photo outing, but I had my camera with me. And I noticed a lonely little mushroom:

http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/img4b1e790a4b4bc.jpg?url=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2574/4168773483_69c8c2cce0.jpg

I wouldn't have gone back halfway across town just for that shot. I'm glad I had my camera so I could take it right then.


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superdewa
1788 days ago
 
Great Beyond! Fantastic tips! Thank you!

Rodia, I love the mushroom.


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