On the first of June I began taking a photo each day as part of a Project 365. Project 365 is simply a commitment to taking one photograph each day for a year. In the past I started but never finished a similar project. This time I’ve built a lot more momentum and enthusiasm; I expect to be taking and sharing photos until at least next June.
Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider doing it:
- Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)
- Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.
- Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.
I decided to impose a limitation on myself of taking the photos only with the camera in my phone. For a long time I have wanted to be able to use my phone as my primary camera, but was not comfortable with the resulting quality. I now have a Galaxy Nexus phone that has a camera that is more capable than those I’ve used in the past. Though it has limitations, I want to learn to take photos I can be content with using only the phone. The convenience and challenge is making the project one I find very engaging.