So you’re thinking of starting your own photo 365 project for 2012. This is a great time to start and there are many options out there. Don’t know what this is all about? (actually it would be 366 days because its a leap year, but for the purpose of this article we’ll keep it at 365 days)
Well it is basically you taking at least one picture every single day, rain or shine and posting it somewhere, either on your blog or post it to a photo sharing site like Flickr.
Why would someone want to do this?
Because it is a great way to improve your photography skills as a newbie as well as help find inspiration to an expert who has been at it for awhile. But trying to come up with an idea of taking a picture every single day for a year may be a bit much, which is where the 52 week photo project comes into play. One photo a week may be easier for those who want to participate but may not have the time devoted to take pictures every day.
Which camera should I use?
For this type of project, you are only limited by your imagination. You have your camera, either your point and shoot or DSLR or both, and you have your camera phone. With the newer and updated phones out there, there are some great photos achieved, that some people doing these projects only use their iPhone or Android to document their world around them. If you are using a phone for this project, then you may want to check out the 365 Photos app for both iPhone and Android which will help you keep up to date on your own project.
Where can I get inspiration/ideas?
Now again coming up with ideas/inspiration, either for the 365 day or 52 week can be daunting, especially if you have not taken on this type of project before. But that is where daily/weekly challenges come into play. This column would be a good example of weekly photo inspiration. But not your only choice.
Over at WordPress.com, they have gathered together some interesting blogs that not only give ideas, but show that doing a 365 can be a focused project, such as showcasing breakfast every day, or showcasing an object of a person.
Over at Photojojo, they give some very interesting ideas on focusing on subjects, such as where you are standing or your favorite lunch or hang out spot.
And of course there is Flickr, where there are a few groups dedicated to the art of shooting pictures every day. Some are dedicated to self-portraits whereas others are dedicated to shooting other people. There are even groups dedicated to helping you even more on your 365 venture such as Today’s Posting. Not only does it give you an inspiring idea, but it helps you get your daily shot.
Now that you have some ideas to run with, which blog will you use to showcase your work? There are several blogs to choose from such as WordPress, Blogger, etc. I personally like Tumblr, because it is not only free, but definitely a good way to get your work noticed, possibly a bit more just because of the re-blog feature.
Here are some other sites that might interest you in regards to posting your own stuff:
We Heart It
There you have it. A few ideas to jumpstart your own photo project for the coming year.
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