I did it! I finished my Project 365. It actually was a Project 366 because 2012 was a leap year. The photo above is the last photo of the collection. It represents the celebration of the completion of the project and the day itself (New Year’s Eve). I started the project with one goal: to improve my photography. It turned in to so much more.
A Project 365 sounds easy. All you have to do is take and share one photo every day for 365 consecutive days. Simple. Except some days you are not inspired and others you want to blow it off. Believe me, I came close to skipping it on some of the days. Very close. I’m glad I didn’t skip a day. It truly was worth it in the end. I learned a great deal.
I learned more about photography. I knew nothing about taking pictures. I rarely ever took pictures prior to blogging. I had no clue how to use a camera. I inherited a camera from my dad, an old upper level point and shoot (Nikon Coolpix 8700). I started my project with it and my iPhone. With that camera, I was able to learn about shooting in modes other than Auto. It prepared me for using my current camera, a Nikon d5100.
I learned to see the world differently. Different as in through the camera lens. Objects appear at another perspective. I also saw the world at new angles. I took many shots while I was on my knees or sitting or hunched over or lying flat on the ground.
I learned to notice what will be in the photo. Before my project I would just literally point and shoot. I never paid attention to what all would be captured. You have no idea how many times I uploaded photos to find all sorts of things in the background. Or in the foreground. A beautiful flower does not look good with a gutter down spout in the background. Insects did a great job of photo bombing and it wound up being quite funny after a while. Now I look through the camera and notice all, or most all, of what will be in the photo.
Every day I looked for beauty all around. Every where I went I was on the look out for something nice to photograph. It forced me to see my surroundings in a whole new way.
It is a visual record of one year of my life. It is a photo diary of sorts. I can look back and remember what went on each day and what inspired me. Each photo contains more than the image, it also holds all the behind the scene memories that go along with it. The photos reflect my passions and love of certain things:
My love of nature is very obvious. The majority of the photos are of plants and flowers.
My passion for food is there too. It is a big part of my life.
My love for my very spoiled hounds (whippets): Lexie, Trixie, and Tiger.
Want to see my Project 365 photos? I have the entire collection on flickr. Click here → Renee’s Project 365 ← to see them.
Would I recommend doing a Project 365? Absolutely yes. It takes time, energy, and a serious commitment. If you do, then my advice is to not quit and keep going no matter what. Be sure to let me know so I can follow along with you.
While you are here take a look at what I’ve been cooking. I baked bread, roasted cauliflower, and made a great sweet potato casserole. My food photos are improving thanks to my Project 365 and all the great information from fellow food bloggers and photographers.