I’ve been doing a 365 photography project for the past few years. It’s made me more aware of my surroundings and better able to appreciate them. I also find that my photos are getting better as time goes on—it’s not just about taking pictures anymore! So if you’re looking for a way to get more out of life, try starting your own 365 project!
What is a 365 project?
A 365 project is a photography project where you take a photo every day for a year. You can use it as an opportunity to improve your photography skills, or it can be used to help you with other aspects of your life like writing or social media.
A few years ago I created my first 365 project. It wasn’t just about taking photos though—it was also about learning how to edit photos and create more interesting images with the help of software like Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop!
What equipment do I need for a 365 photo project?
- Flash (optional)
- Batteries (for your flash) and memory card, if you’re shooting in RAW format. If it’s not already on your camera, make sure to check out our guide to Getting Started with RAW Photography for more information about shooting in this format! You’ll need a lens cleaning kit too; see our article on How To Clean Your Lenses for tips on how best to clean them after each session.
How do I choose a subject for my 365 project?
Here are some things to consider when choosing a subject for your 365 project:
- Choose a subject that you’re interested in. The more thoroughly you can immerse yourself in the process of taking photos, the better your chances will be at making this work as an art form. If you want to create something that has meaning, it needs to be something meaningful to you!
- Choose subjects with lots of variety. If one thing doesn’t work out very well—a particular pose or background—you’ll have lots of other choices available until it does. You don’t want any shortage of inspiration!
- Make sure the subject is something you can take photos every day (or many times per day). This is important because if we’re talking about capturing life events here (which we are), then having all 365 days worth of them at our disposal makes total sense!
How do I keep up with my 365 project for a full year?
The first step to keeping up with your project is setting a reminder on your phone. You can use any calendar app or add the image of the photo with the date and time you took it to your reminder list.
Another way to ensure that you’re taking photos every day is by making a calendar for yourself, so that when a new month starts, it’s already full of pictures from previous months. This can easily be done using Microsoft OneNote or Google Keep (which also has an option for adding location data).
How do I post my photos from the 365 photography project on social media?
After you’ve taken your photos, it’s time to share them with the world.
- Use the hashtag #365project on social media so that other people can find your project and follow along.
- Post photos on social media, such as Facebook or Instagram. You’ll want to use a specific hashtag for each photo in order to let people know what they’re looking at and where it was taken (for example: “#365project_001”).
- Share your project with friends and family by sending them an email with links or embedding images from Google Drive into emails. This is also a great way of sharing projects online—many websites will allow you upload directly from their servers if you sign up for an account first! If all else fails…just post directly on Instagram.
What should I do with all of my photos from the project at the end of the year?
- Print them out. It’s a good idea to print out all of your photos from the project, even if you don’t intend to frame them or create a photo book. The fact that they’re on paper means that you can keep them organized and make sure they’re not lost in a digital cloud somewhere (like on Facebook).
- Keep the photos on your computer. If you have access to an old hard drive and some free space, it’s also possible to store all of these images in their original form so that they’re easy for future reference when creating projects from scratch!
- Create a photo book! Now that we’ve gotten our hands dirty editing and uploading photos into different formats—we can finally start thinking about sharing our work with others! A simple way would be making an album full of beautiful shots taken during this journey together; another option is creating something more unique like an art book full of sketches or collages made using different mediums like oil paints or acrylics.* Share them online.* Don’t delete them.* Don’t throw away the physical copies either; keep everything safe until next year when we’ll pick up where we left off again 🙂
Take one photo every day, and it will change your life.
One photo a day is a great way to get into the habit of taking photos. It will help you improve your photography skills, give you a yearlong collection of memories and make you more creative.
It’s also an excellent way to build confidence in your abilities as an artist by giving yourself regular opportunities to practice, experiment and expand upon ideas without feeling pressure when other people are looking over your shoulder or waiting for their turn on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook (which don’t allow users to post photos).
We can’t wait to see what you create, and we hope that this post has been helpful to you in planning your own 365 project. Whether it’s a photo of a beautiful sunset or a snapshot of your daily life, we think that having a project is a great way to take control over the photos you take.