As photographers we are always looking for ways to be shooting every day in new and creative ways. So what do many of us do to get out of those creative ruts? Challenges! I have done a few before that lasted a week or a month, but this year I wanted to take the greatest jump that I could take for a challenge. A 365 photo a day challenge, I have seen other photographers and hobbyist do it but always said I wouldn’t be able to do that. Why? I have no idea. Before making a 2016 New Year’s resolution to do a 365 project, I took photos pretty much everyday with either my iPhone or Canon 70D. So why was a challenge of something I love doing so scary and daunting?
Well I still don’t have an answer to that question and I don’t really care any more. I am now over 100 days in! It was hard at the beginning to find the inspiration for each photo, might seem funny for those of you who know me pretty well. My world is literally seen through a series of photos that move as if to make reality. I worked really hard and thought about giving up on something that seemed like it could really help me creatively. Halfway through January and getting frustrated, I decided that I was going to dedicate February to self portraits. I am not a fan of getting in front of the camera, but after a few days I found that I was excited about shooting. I also found a great challenge prompt list by Bethadilly Photography, each day I would take the prompt and figure out how I could do a self portrait with it.
I learned about a group that started on Facebook that did weekly challenges, trying to incorporate a weekly challenge into and daily challenge turned out to be a lot of fun. I started following a lot of other photographers and people that were doing these challenges and it’s amazing how inspirational they are. I have learned so many creative ways of shooting and I am so thankful to them for inspiring every day to create the works of art that you all love.
TIPS for doing a 365 project:
~Use prompts – It really does help. Find a daily challenge that inspires you, if the prompts and community behind the challenge are really inspirational to you, you will make it the full year.
~Pick up a camera every day – It seems silly that I am saying this, but there were days I really didn’t want to take a picture. I was being lazy or couldn’t find the inspiration, so I would shoot with my phone.
~Collect – I wanted a way to make sure that I shoot everyday, Collect is an app that I can upload all of my photos into and it fills up a calendar. I had heard other photographers say “I make sure I take a picture everyday, because I don’t want an empty box.” They are so right, I don’t want an empty box on my calendar either.
~Have fun – A challenge like this is meant to be fun and give you a chance to learn about yourself as a photographer.