I dunno. Anytime I have ever forced myself to do any pleasurable activity on a daily basis, it became a drag and just another thing to feel guilty about. Your results may vary.
hmmm Matthew, it seems that you are trying to force yourself to take photos. I tend to agree with Robert - it should be fun. Think instead of a challenge (that does not involve any purchase - a challenge in itself). I would focus on areas which are not your strengths. For you it could be:
1) Light and shadow in the city that show mood
2) Light and shadow as a part of a graphic image
I think that doing 20 photos of each would widen your approach to photography and it could be fun. I would love to see the prints of these next time we meet
I dunno...setting oneself a daily project sounds horrendously Sisyphean and camera-clubby on the surface...yet I'd reckon there's much to recommed a "by kit" rather than "by subject/theme" approach, maybe, like limiting oneself to one lens or even one focal length, or a very slow/fast ISO.
I could see funfunfun, however, with doing something with one of the following:
using a x6+ ND filter + tripod every day;
shooting from exactly the same spot, with same lens, framing everyday...whether in macro of a natural mini-scene, or of the same well-used point in a town;
shooting shopping-trolleys as symbols of neglect...you'd be amazed at just how mnay scenarios these things turn up in.
I think any one of the above would be really great for getting a different slant on the world and using the camera less as an objective-recording tool, more as a "lateral-connector" of an inner mood or urge.
I'm unsure if I've put that very clearly but, I reckon you in particular would produce a series of stunners.
I'm thinking that Don Schaeffer should weigh in on this one. He's probably the most daily shooter I know.
"eye-fi"...that's a new term on me...oo-er...
Zig, I do know exactly what you mean, and yes, this sort of self-inflicted project does seem almost punitive. I suppose what I'm doing is a "by hardware" exercise, since it's being conducted entirely with the point-and-shoot camera that I'm trying to get in the habit of using. I really like film and the cameras that use it, but they're not much good for the spontaneous, the timely, or the trivial. While the built-in delay doesn't help with the timely, today I was on the street and stopped to take some photos of reflections in puddles. I haven't done that since I first started playing with cameras.
Nia, you've described exactly what I'm hoping for: a photographic diary, with my subjects chosen on a whim because I always have the camera with me. I'm hoping also that it will force me to lead a more interesting life as I try to find photos of things that I haven't done before. After all, I can't only take photos of my daily commute to and from work.
Rob, I've checked their website, and apparently the eye-fi cards are compatible with my GH1 and the predecessor to my P&S. (Fingers crossed with the hope that the past is a good predictor for the future.) It seems indolent, but the act of having to cable up the camera/card reader to the laptop really is a nuisance, especially now that I'm doing it daily. I'm doing a photo-trip to New York this Saturday, so perhaps I'll be able to find one cheaply there, and if not I'll get the more expensive model that can transfer raw files when I get home.
meanwhileâ¦ while the project hasn't "gone live" yet, this is my third day of actually doing it. I've just finished my third photo post, and am starting to get a sense of the workload that's involved. (I'm writing the blog posts each day and schedule them to be published two weeks later.) I've added 41 photos to the support gallery, so there are only 4959 more to go â assuming that I don't pull the plug before it's too late to pretend that it never happened.