Last year I made the biggest commitment of my life. It seemed even bigger, than agreeing to marry my husband! Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little. I made a decision to do a 365 project and take a photo every single day throughout the year. Photography has been passion of mine for many years now. I really wanted to take it to the next step. So, in order to learn more and put my skills to work, I had to practice every day. Along with all the amazing things that happened to me last year, having all the photos of my family was the greatest reward I got at the end.
For those of you, who plan on starting a 365 project or have already started, here are my 5 tips on how to stick with it.
1. Make a list of ideas.
Before I started my project, I made a list of ideas of what I could photograph on days that I'm struggling to photograph anything. Some days, you might not want to use any ideas you have, but the list will come handy another day, when you'd want to use them all!
When I am out exploring, read a book or a magazine, browse favorite photography blogs, I try to immediately write down ideas I have in my notebook or my iPhone.
There is a few photography blogs, dedicated to this project, that weekly post prompts and themes for each day. It makes it easier when you know what to photograph. I didn't go that way, but it certainly seems like a great idea.
It is important to remember to be patient. Pick up your camera, and wait. Whether you're playing with your kids, cooking, reading a book or, even, out shopping, the moment will come. Train your eyes to see things. If your project dedicated to taking photos of your family, remember that it is okay to not take a photo of a person. Look around and photograph something, that tells a story without your family member in it.
Don't forget about perspective. The same photograph of the same subject can look completely different if it's taken from a different perspective. Take a photo from above, below or through an object. Don't be afraid to try new ways to photograph. It is all about practice.