You may have seen some type of photography project going around whether it be a theme-based project or a Project 52 or a 365 Project. These projects are a wonderful way to grow creatively with photography. Here is a little information on each project to see if one might be a good fit for you. Also, some tips on how to get the best out of it and take your photography to the next level!
What is a photography project or challenge?
There are any variety of projects or challenges that you can do on your own or through a community to hold you accountable. Let’s look at some of the most popular ones a little more…
- Theme-based Project – These are often set up by a moderator in a photography group who decides on a daily or weekly theme. You can make their own interpretation of that theme. It helps if you are feeling a little photographers block to challenge you and help you find inspiration in varying circumstances you might not otherwise.
- Project 52 – This is a weekly photography project that lasts the full year. This is a great way to ease into a documentary style without the full commitment of a 365 project. This can be theme-based as well or more documentary style.
- 365 Project – This one is a doozie! It is exactly what you think it is. You commit to documenting a photo every day for a year. It requires a lot of dedication but the outcome is something amazing!
Photography Project Tips
- Accountability – Tell someone you love or do a social media post so you feel the extra motivation of being accountable for follow-thru.
- Storage – Make sure you are storing your images and backing them up (dropbox or google drive).
- File Naming – Name the files so they are easy to find and follow a sequence. (365_Project_01_01_18)
- Posting to Social -Find a schedule that works for you (once or twice a week maybe). If you are posting every day you might get exhausted and burn out.
- Document – Take photos of things you would never think to take photos of (when the kids are brushing their teeth or putting their shoes on)
- Get Uncomfortable – Get out of your comfort zone. You will be amazed at the images you can create! It’ll nudge you into taking photos in tough or busy situations you never would normally (in the dark, in the rain, during bedtime routines, at breakfast, getting out the door). You don’t know how valuable those moments are until you catch a good one.
- Create a Keepsake – When you finish create an album to commemorate your achievement.
I have done a couple 365 projects and if you have followed me for a while you might remember them. I still look back on these with the greatest pride. The images weren’t “perfect” but they were us. They are the greatest gift I ever created for myself or our family. You will never regret taking the plunge!