Well, I’ve made it through an entire month! I have 31 processed photos under my belt. I now use manual settings almost entirely. I’ve learned how to make my photos look like Lomo photography. I regularly read photography blogs and I’m motivated to try the new things I learn right away. I know I have eleven months to go, but starting a Project 365 may have been the best move I made to improve my photography.
I’ve found that it’s not as difficult or annoying as I thought it might be to lug a DSLR everywhere. I pull it out often, and I’m becoming less shy about taking photos in public, even though I may look like a weirdo lurking in parking garages or lingering outside buildings. I spend more time finding just the right settings to get the look I want. I shoot in RAW and play around with each setting to experiment.
Posting my Project 365 photos in multiple places is a good way to hold myself accountable. I post the photos on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and in my Web site gallery. My family and friends have been supportive and encouraging. Every time someone tells me they enjoy my project or that they’re following it, it gives me another boost of confidence. Knowing others are watching is very good motivation.
Here are a few I’m looking forward to reading:
If you’re thinking of starting a Project 365 but are discouraged because you missed the start of 2010, forget about dates. You can start a Project 365 anytime. You can start one today. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you pick up your camera and start using it. I highly recommend these articles for motivation:
My favorite photos from this month:
Day 5: Berries
Day 12: City lights
Day 27: Neon sign