What Is a 365 Project?
A 365 project is a photography challenge where you capture a photo every day for a year. You are given a prompt for each day to go out and shoot. There are immense benefits to doing a 365 project regardless of your current photography skill level. It forces you to;
- Think creatively
- Get out and shoot every day
- Get you out of your comfort zone
- Master camera settings and editing software until they become second nature
How Can I Start a 365 Photo Project?
Simply download the 365 project calendar and commit to taking & publishing a photo every single day. It is that simple! Oh, if you want your photos to be featured, please tag them with #PhotoBlog365.
You can host your 365project on PhotoBlog.com (
$39.99 $19.99 per year New Year deal!). Major benefits of hosting with PhotoBlog are:
- A supportive community that cares about photography, not fake likes.
- A paid platform that makes you commit to actually completing the project!
- Ability to backdate your posts (just in case you forget to publish one day)
Download 365 Project Calendar for 2019
PhotoBlog community is proud to present our 2019 365project calendar to the world. We have carefully selected a theme for every single day of 2019. It works around common holidays and festivities and is designed to improve your photography skills, one day at a time!
10 Tips For Your 365 Project
First of all, stop thinking and do it. Shooting every day has been so beneficial to my photography. I don’t have to think about the controls on my cameras now. The muscle memory that comes from using a tool every day is instinctive. Once you’ve decided to go for it, here are ten simple tips:
- Find somewhere to share your photos. The comments you receive from others are a great motivation to continue. I chose PhotoBlog because there are plenty of other folks doing the same thing. I find the feedback on my personal photoblog and the forums to be much more genuine than sites like 500px or Instagram, where people will usually just leave an impersonal reply like, “Great shot” for the sole purpose of getting you to follow them.
- Always carry a camera with you! You can even use the camera on your mobile phone if you need to travel light. After all, it’s not the type of camera that’s important, but how you use it.
- Don’t expect every photo you post to be great art. There will be days when you find life intervenes, be it because of work or illness. Don’t beat yourself up if you sometimes just share a quick snap. It’s okay, really.
- Don’t allow yourself to make excuses to skip a day. If you have a regular office job, try to find photo opportunities during your commute or lunch break. Why not try a spot of street photography during your lunch hour?
- Explore new genres, some of which may be outside your comfort zone. I’d never tried street photography before I began my 365 project and now I enjoy the challenge it presents me.
- Remember, you don’t need to spend hours every day on your 365 project. With practice, you’ll begin to see potential subjects everywhere. It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process to take your photo each day. Sometimes a few minutes are all you need. Welcome those occasions when you happen upon a great photo and remember them on days when your inspiration is flagging.
- Allow yourself a little freedom in when you post the images. I always try to post my photo on the day it was taken. However, if I’ve been on a big shoot I will sometimes delay posting until I’ve had time to work through my images thoroughly. Rushing through lots of photos might mean you miss a real gem. Besides, sometimes sleep is more important than a self-imposed rule!
- Set yourself some personal projects to shoot for. This could be a series of pictures of household objects shot in imaginative ways–great for those grey, rainy days when you don’t want to go out. Alternatively, you could pick a scene in your hometown that you photograph regularly through the seasons. Why not try creating a photo essay? Visit somewhere new, and tell its story through a series of photographs. That’s another reason I chose a platform like PhotoBlog. The site design really lends itself to storytelling and photo essays. I enjoy having the freedom to add text to my post or just let the photos do all the talking.
- Use your 365 as an excuse to visit new places. You don’t need to travel huge distances. For example, there could be a photogenic church you’ve never visited before in the next town.
- Make a photo book at the end of the year. You’ll certainly see an improvement in your pictures and it’s great to have something concrete to show family and friends.
Finally, and most importantly, have fun! You’re doing this because you’ve chosen to, not because you have to. Yes, there will be days when it feels like so much effort to get your camera out, but think of the feeling of achievement you’ll have when you do. Good luck!
Spread The Word
If you download our calendar, we’d love to see your shots. Do us a favor, create yourself an account (it’s only
$39.99 $19.95 per year) and start a photoblog of your own. Tag your 365 projects with #PhotoBlog365 so we can all follow along.
Please share this article so all your friends and family can download a copy of their own. The more the merrier is what I always say!
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