There are many ways to take more pictures in 2012. Perhaps the most popular way is to do a 365 project that starts January 1, 2012 – that way it can be part of the New Years Resolutions. If that sounds like too much of an undertaking, perhaps taking a photo once a week for a total of 52 pictures is more your speed.
Here are some tips to help you succeed this year:
- Take your camera with you everywhere. It can be a point and shoot, a DSLR, a film camera, or your cell phone. All you need is a simple camera.
- If you want to learn how to use your DSLR camera, then take that camera with you everywhere. The only way you will ever use it is if you have it with you.
- Always have a spare battery and extra memory cards with you. You don’t want to run out of batteries–or space– just as that perfect shot comes up.
- Speaking of perfection: don’t aim for it. We are humans and therefore we aren’t perfect. View mistakes as a learning experience, not the end of your project.
- If you miss a day, take two different photos the next day. Missing one day wont completely ruin your project. If your goal is to simply take more pictures this year, then 364 pictures is still pretty impressive.
- Set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t expect that every exposure will be perfect or that you will have crisp focus on every single image. But, by the end of 2012, you will have gotten a lot better.
- If you lack motivation, give yourself rewards. If you make it three months, buy yourself that new lens that you have been eying. Anything that will make it worthwhile. Perhaps make yourself snap a few shots before you buy a coffee at starbucks.
- Most of all, make the experience fun for yourself and others. You can use your friends as models and give them the pictures you take. You will both enjoy the end product.
- You might want to consider using a Flickr account and upload your photos so that you can share your progress with your friends and family. Letting others know what you are doing keeps you accountable. You can also post your photos on a blog where you can write about your day like a journal. Keep in mind that if you don’t use a Flickr pro account, you won’t be able to upload all 365 photos. There is a limit to the amount of space you can use a month with a normal account.
- Doing a project like this is hard work – but you will really appreciate the end result. Just remember to have fun!
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