My 365 photography project rules

I’ve decided to start a photography 365 project. I’ve been considering it for a while, but the other day I thought: there’s no better day than today, and it’s better to start and fail than to never start and definitely fail. A 365 project is when you commit to taking a photograph each day for 365 days in a row and publishing your photos somewhere (e.g., Facebook, Flickr) to make you stick to your commitment.

My Goal

Why am I doing this? I’m happy when I do photography. But, like everyone else, I have my highs and lows. Sometimes I have more time, and sometimes not enough time. By doing this, I hope that by being more consistent I’ll be able to put more focus on my photography and hopefully move it forward – and if not, at least have some fun doing it.

The Rules

Some people add restrictions to make it more challenging. For instance, I started a 365 project a couple of years ago, and my daughter was the subject. I lasted about 30 days (you can find the results on Flickr here). It was truly a challenge, mainly because of my self-imposed “daughter theme” limitation.

This time I’m going to be a little more lenient and keep my rules simple:

  1. Post a picture on Flickr each day for 365 days. Why Flickr? My “infrastructure” around Flickr is up and running. I didn’t choose Instagram, since I don’t want to limit myself to the square format. I can share the image in other places as well, but my definition of “done” is “the image is in Flickr”.
  2. Track the “chain” and build the habit using coach.me, which I already use for other habits. You can find me here if you want to join me.
  3. The image must be made by me. Please note that I wrote “image” and not “photograph”. I don’t want to limit myself artistically. Edits, compositions and other stuff is allowed.
  4. Themes/lists and things like that can be a tool I use to inspire myself, but I won’t limit myself to them.
  5. The image doesn’t need to be taken on the day it’s published – it’s enough that it is culled/edited/finalized on the day that it’s published. Why?
    • I have a huge”backlog” of photos waiting to be discovered and enjoyed, so I want to encourage myself to rediscover these images. I also want to be able to make more complex images and compositions.
    • I don’t want to limit myself when I’m traveling. Some of my cameras allow for a full mobile capture, edit and publish workflow, but some need to go through my full photography workflow, which adds a delay of a day or more.

Follow My Progress

So that’s it. I’ve already started, and you can follow my progress on Flickr in this album. If that’s not your poison, I’ll also posts some images on Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to follow me in any of those places. If you’re a photographer who’s thinking of doing a 365 project (or are already doing one) please get in touch. We could support each other. (I don’t know about you, but I’m sure I’ll need it.)

Wish me luck!


July 07, 2015