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To do or not to do a 365 project?
#1
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There's an ongoing trend, for like a couple of years or something, in the artistic online community where people try to impove their photographic & post-processing skills by doing 365 days/52 weeks projects. You know...taking a photo everyday. I, for one, have a it of mixt feelings about this: either you photograph everyday and you improve yourself or you end up not photographing at all. Or, at leats, that's how I see it...and it's not even about talent or motivation, I believe it depends on everyone. Anyway, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter and maybe share some of these projects from people you follow or like.
Here's one from me:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcusmb/se...892863920/
#2
(Oct 13, 2012, 14:14)matthew Wrote: The link: www.5kphoto.blogspot.com

I looked around your blogspot a bit and I must say I really like your posts. I guess I see what you're saying about learning to see photographically, but I tend to build a frame a lot before actually capturing it, even if this managed to make me really lazy since I procrastinate most of the time daydreaming about 'pretty images'. I see that your project made you more involved with your art and that's great, I need to carry my camera with me more often!Big Grin
#3
I did one for 30 days. I HIGHLY suggest a photo challenge for anyone. I received my Canon Rebel for xmas, and didn't even use it until I started my 30 day challenge. In those 30 days I went from REALLY BAD to pretty good. I learned SO MUCH. I tried lots of new things. It became a habit and I got to where I did NOT want to miss a day. I want to try a 365 challenge next. Smile
#4
Ok, that's it, I'm starting a 365 day project! I've let my passion for photography pretty much go to waste over the past weeks and this seems like the perfect pick-me-up.
#5
@BrandyMaeD:
Personally, I believe 52 weeks projects are more helpful because you don't stress everyday to come up with a good/great image and you have time to think about concepts...
@kNox:
Anyway, what I wanted to say is that, if you plan on picking up such a project, I found a little list of subjects that you can do: http://www.photographyicon.com/photography-themes/ Big Grin Hope it helps someone!
#6
(Oct 15, 2012, 02:49)alessya Wrote: @BrandyMaeD:
Personally, I believe 52 weeks projects are more helpful because you don't stress everyday to come up with a good/great image and you have time to think about concepts...

This is just what I was thinking while reading this thread.

365 projects are fun, both, to be seen and done, but they require quite a lot of effort. I have to admit, I've tried, but after 70 days or so, I found it really hard to continue with finding new ideas and making something worth to be shown.

52 weeks projects look way easier..at least for beginners like me.
#7
There are 4 people on the other forum I use who are doing 365's
Two are excellent, two are whimsical. None of them seem to be improving (photographically) on what they started out with.

I don't think I am improving at the moment although I am learning more and more. Undecided
The theory is good, but the practical is not, if you see what I mean.
But the main thing is I am content with my output.
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#8
(Oct 15, 2012, 08:43)NT73 Wrote: None of them seem to be improving (photographically) on what they started out with.

Personally, I saw people improve their way of capturing emotion, as well as their editing skills through projects like this, but somehow I find myself too lazy to start anything like it.
#9
(Oct 15, 2012, 08:43)NT73 Wrote: There are 4 people on the other forum I use who are doing 365's
Two are excellent, two are whimsical. None of them seem to be improving (photographically) on what they started out with.

I don't think I am improving at the moment although I am learning more and more. Undecided
The theory is good, but the practical is not, if you see what I mean.
But the main thing is I am content with my output.

I believe that making at least one photo a day is awesome practice that will surely improve your skills. Sure you can't see that right away, but with time you will notice a difference - both, in your connection with your camera and in your photography skills and style.


Btw, one of the 365 projects I really like - http://www.flickr.com/photos/soupatravel...322793000/

#10
@Korry:
I took a peak at that project and it seems it entirely made with instagram which got me thinking about seeing this amazing diary thatțs being updated once a month: http://blog.annettepehrsson.se/
#11
(Oct 15, 2012, 23:25)alessya Wrote: @Korry:
I took a peak at that project and it seems it entirely made with instagram which got me thinking about seeing this amazing diary thatțs being updated once a month: http://blog.annettepehrsson.se/

Thank you so much for sharing this! I think I'm in love Heart

#12
Two of the most know 365 projects are the self portraits of Noah Kalina http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla...PPzXlMdi7o and Jeff Harris http://vimeo.com/34525164. While the first one is interesting, the last one truly is inspiring.
#13
Anything that gets you shooting and KEEPS you shooting is good! Self directed photo projects, whether they're a 365 project, a spring garden project or whatever helps you think critically about photography and develop your eye.

This is a great post Allesya! So now I just need to come up with a theme....
  


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