Project 365 | What’s Your Purpose?Posted by Katrina Kennedy on Dec 26, 2011 in 365, Blog | 8 comments
Start your 365 project with your purpose in mind.
- Do you want to document your everyday?
- Do you want to improve your photography?
- Do you want to practice a technique or theme?
Documenting your everyday details is the easiest way to get started with your 365 project. Look around you and you’ll see nothing but potential photos. Every detail around you can translate into your photo of the day. Consider including events, moments, refrigerator contents, and anything else that crosses your path. The daily email prompt can help you when you get stuck.
Improve Your Photography
The practice of using your camera every day will improve your photography. If your primary purpose is to improve your photography, consider grabbing your manual and working your way through it. Learn how to use every button and dial as you work your way through the year. Each Wednesday of 2012, I will post a “Grab Your Manual” prompt. You’ll be challenged to grab your manual, read something, share it with us, and apply it to your photo of the day when possible.
Practice A Technique or Style
The more specific your 365 purpose, the more difficult your project is going to be. Not impossible though if you are up for the challenge. If you are ready for the the challenge consider a macro project or photographing strangers. Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Self portrait project
- Tiny details
- Stranger on the street
- Lego a day
You can always incorporate these ideas into your every day photos. It will give you a lot more flexibility with your project.
Enjoy The Process
Knowing your purpose will guide your entire year. Let it stretch you, but not too a breaking point. If you aren’t accustomed to picking up your camera daily keep your project manageable. Avoid choosing a very specific subject or format you will photograph each day. If this is your fifth year with the project you may need a little more challenge. Consider a subject, technique, or style for your photos.
It’s also okay if you decide a photo each week is all you want or the more flexible framework of project life. Know what matters to you and what you expect from this project and you’ll be much happier in 365 days. Make Project 365 work for you!
What is your purpose?