I have never been able to complete a 365 photo a day challenge until this past year. Not even a 365 on instagram even though I have my iPhone on me all the time. It is really challenging to find something to photograph every single day. My three previous attempts were total failures, but fourth time’s the charm, right?
I took on this 365 challenge to give myself more discipline, but also because I know that the more you are shooting, the more opportunities you are giving yourself to capture something amazing. I actually disagree with the following quote:
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
I think that some of my best photos were in my first 10,000, because I was keeping my eyes open to shoot anything and everything. I will admit the percentage of good to bad photos was less in comparison to today, but with maybe one out of a hundred, I found gold. I didn’t give myself so many limitations back then. These past couple years, I hardly took out my camera unless the stars happened to align. I wanted this photo a day project to open my eyes again and try to dig deeper for treasures.. even if it was just on my iphone. :)
My Project 365 Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram
Just like writers get writer’s block, there are just going to be days where you feel uninspired to shoot.
Since this 365 on instagram did not come so easily, I wanted to share 3 tips on how to make it through the year:
- Just step outside – You’d be surprised how much inspiration you can get just by taking a few steps outside your door.
- Have a game plan and list out ideas for lazy and uninspired days. You can always find some at fatmumslim.
- Save things for days you know you won’t be leaving the house, whether it’s snail mail or something you bought.
These are also applicable not just with your iPhone, but you just have to force yourself to take your camera with you everywhere, which is what I’m trying to do at least once a week with my 52 photo outings a year.
One of my 13 in 2013 this year is to instagram something everyday. One month down, and eleven more to go!
Don’t forget to follow along on instagram.
What’s a creative project that you’re working on this year? Are you trying to shoot more photos?