So far I have really enjoyed getting back into the habit of shooting daily and love the personal growth and awesome community. With the new experiences and pictures come reminders of the challenges that come with photographing daily. Luckily I already pushed through most of them last year and plan to use a few of tips and tricks to make sure I am able to finish out this year and have fun while doing it.
1. Some of your subjects are going to be boring. That's OK.
When you take a picture every single day, you're going to run out of things to photograph. Unless you are blessed with pets and kiddos who adore being in front of your camera you are going to get bored. I have one barely cooperative subject and even I would get sick of 365 pictures of his face. Find ways to MAKE the subject interesting. Read articles online then try new techniques, switch up the lighting and nail the composition.
2. Take your camera everywhere you go.
You may get a few looks and if you are anything like me you're going to go straight to "Oh no, im being judged and must look awkward!" The first few months of my project I shot only in my house or in my backyard for fear of looking silly. Now I bring my camera everywhere. Ever miss an opportunity for a great photo? Having to take a picture everyday means that your chances are even higher. After all, the spontaneous moments are the ones you are going to want to capture most. The first time I brought my camera to work my co-workers were awesome about it and encouraged me to take a ten minute brain break to find my photo for that day. In the photos above I just happened to take my camera to work on a day that Erik and I went to the park on the way home. I am SO happy I did, because these are some of my favorite pictures.
3. Push yourself to learn new techniques
Learning new techniques and practicing during my 365 project got me through the horrible half way mark where the project starts losing its sparkle. Now I have new tools I can use to achieve different looks and challenge myself. Nothing shows how far you've come like a side by side start to finish comparison. It's easy.
All three images above were taken the first time I ever tried a technique called free lensing. I was scrolling through Facebook and noticed a beautiful photo on my feed. It was posted by the extremely talented Erin Ensley and in the comments she was talking about it being the result of "freelensing", and i quickly ran off to Google to figure out how to achieve a similar blur. Google told me that freelensing is photos that are taken with the lens detached from the camera but held in place and moved around to focus. This also lets extra light in sometimes causing light leaks and giving a vintage look and feel. I think they turned out pretty good for a first try.
4. Get in your pictures, you were there too!
Okay so this may be the hardest to stick with. Last year I loved capturing my day to day life and ended up using my photos to make a year in review photo book on shutterfly. I absolutely loved it, but couldn't help feeling like something was missing, me! It's kind of awkward to have an album on your coffee table without you in it. So this year I am going to try to get in my pictures and so should you. Hold me accountable to this, please! I did buy this tripod and have been loving it. I used it for all three above pics with a self timer.
I advise waiting a few days to cull them and look at yourself with fresh eyes. I feel like I find more images this way and don't insta-delete some quirky ones that I may not want to post on Facebook, but would want to keep anyway.
5. Get Social
There is such an awesome and supportive community of photographers and bloggers that are all going through the same struggles that you are. It helps to have someone else that you can get inspired from and feel connected with. Just be sure to remember that everyone else is on their own path, the project is meant to be fun. Which is the best part of connecting online. When you finally master a new technique, or nail a shot you are going to want to celebrate with people that get you.
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