365: What I’ve Learned So Far

So, it’s been a month (give or take) since I started my 365 photo-a-day project. I have to say that I’m pretty surprised by my sticktoitiveness (Who knew that was an actual word? Take that, spell check!). I did have one day where I almost had to cheat, but I ended up pulling something out right at the end of the day.

Despite the fact that I know absolutely everything (heh), I have learned a few things from this process.

1. It’s pretty difficult finding something interesting to photograph every.single.day. I rarely go anywhere more fascinating than the grocery store during the week, which makes it hard to find things to photograph. I’m running out of things around the house that aren’t completely boring (Stay tuned next month for an amazing photo of Ruth’s toothbrush!), but I’m trying my damnedest to make boring things at least look interesting.

2. I had forgotten about many of the photography skills that I picked up during my CCBC days when I lived and breathed photography. I’m hoping to employ more than just the old point-and-shoot style of photography that has kind of become the norm for me in recent years.

3. My studio gets awesomely fantastic natural light almost every day.

4. I still have a long way to go on getting beyond my perfectionist tendencies and just letting things be, but I’m making progress. There are some photos in my 365 that I really, really, really dislike. Even though I wasn’t happy with them, I posted them anyway.

5. People actually like my stuff. I think that is one of the biggest (and most pleasant) surprises of all.

6. I wish more of my friends would give the 365 thing a try, if only to keep me entertained. Heh.

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2 thoughts on “365: What I’ve Learned So Far

  1. I am gearing up to try it. Are there rules? Or does make up one’s own rules? For instance – do if I take three photos one day, can I post one each for the next three days, or should I only post something I have taken that day for it to be the true spirit of a 365?

    1. Technically, you can do whatever you want depending on what you hope to accomplish. Some people do it to keep a photo log of what they did each day of the year. Other people do it to try out new techniques, etc. If you’re most concerned with being able to look back over a year and see what you saw each day, then you would definitely want to take one photo for each day.

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