Or should I say 366?
I love this time of year. Friends’ feeds full of 2/366, 10::366, or 8-366.
I’m a sucker for 365 projects for a couple of reasons.
- I think it’s a perfect project to push a new photographer and to inspire a seasoned one.
- It’s a big undertaking, but worth it even if you don’t write 366 :: 366.
- I love seeing other people’s lives. I’m nosy.
But look at the second bullet point. Yes, it’s a huge undertaking. And I think that’s the reason most don’t start.
I’m afraid I’ won’t finish. I’ll get bored. I can’t take a great picture EVERY DAY. I can’t stay on top of the edits. I’m sure I’ll forget a day. What’s the point?
Those are all concerns, but just excuses.
- So you don’t finish? You’ve got a tons of great photos up until your last one.
- Hell yes, you’ll get bored. But you’ll also be inspired the other days.
- You don’t have to take a GREAT picture every day. You only have to take a picture. But trust me. You’ll shoot some breathtaking photos during the year.
- You have to edit them. It’s a habit that you need to create.
- Ok, you forgot. Check your phone. Did you use that? No? Whatever. Pick up the camera tomorrow. And set an alarm.
- The point is everything. The point is you and your creativity. The point is Everything if you want it to be.
- Edit on a regular basis.
- Keep your photos organized.
- Know why you’re doing this huge project. And then follow that path 100%.
In my gut, I just knew this would be her last day. The next day the house was so dark and empty without her presence. My heart is heavy when I look at these photos, but I’m grateful I took them and the dozens of other times she showed up in a 365.
- Take your camera everywhere and get comfortable shooting in public. Never apologize.
- If you want your 365 to be a true reflection of your life, learn to deal with pissy light.
I wish I could say that I get jealous of those 365 photographers who never have awful fake light. But I’m not. My life is full of crap light. So I deal with it. And sometimes I enhance it.
- Be ok with the shit-ass photos.
- Be ok if you don’t feel the photo. It will pass.
L: crap ass photo that I was ok taking. I literally just clicked. I didn’t want to worry about taking a photo. I actually didn’t want to take one. So I just clicked and went on with the night. Know when it’s important to be in life instead of documenting it. R: This frame was planned as a throw away, but then I got sucked in and took many frames with different compositions. Sometimes a shit photo blooms into something you actually care about.
- Just shoot one photo a day. That’s it. One click.
- Just because you think about quitting doesn’t mean you have to quit. Just keep shooting.
- Just because you miss a day doesn’t mean you have to quit.
- If do you quit, it’s ok! Look back with pride.