365: One photo per day for one year
You may have seen photos numbered XXX/365 and wondered what that means. 365 is a photography challenge that requires posting one photo per day for an entire year.
Why do a 365?
- Motivation. Photography is a skill as well as an art. To get better, practice.
- Discipline. Can you do it?
- As a record. A photography journal of sort. A slice of one year of life.
I joined a private 365 Facebook group four months ago and I haven’t missed a day! And with this many days in, I think I’m in for the year. All of my photos are also on my Facebook page.
What have I learned and what can you learn?
Can you do it? Do you have the discipline? Doing a 365 requires commitment. You pick up your camera every day and, you almost never take just one so there is editing and processing time involved! Our moderator has allowed for some interpretation of the rules. My rules are that the photo I post has to be shot within 24 hours of posting… but, I allow myself, if the subject matter is very different to post an evening and a morning of the same event. For example, I went to our local exhibition and had a photo I liked of the rodeo and also one of the midway. I never post older photos, some in our group do if they haven’t been able to get out and photograph something new.
A 365 project is a great way to challenge yourself to learn new gear!
I have a relatively new camera – Lumix G7 – and had rarely used my newish tripod. Now my camera buttons are becoming intuitive, I can literally change settings in the dark. Also, I can walk and set up my tripod at the same time!
You become even more attentive to your surroundings. I daily check the weather for interesting clouds/sunrise/sunset. I’m happy to see the seasons changing — that makes new out of old! The same city, parks, and yard look different in October than July. I am not dreading winter, because I will have different photos to take. I’ve become more cognizant of the light changing with the seasons, something I lost when I moved from a farm to the city.
You become more (and sometimes less) cognizant of time. I am more aware of my time — why wait for an oil change if I can go on a photowalk and perhaps get my 365 photo? But I also risk being late for work if the light is perfect!
365 is a great conversation starter. I have had engaging conversations about what I’m photographing for — with other photographers, my dance class instructor, random friends. You may find one of your 365 photos is ‘just the shot’ and opens up another photographic opportunity.
And then there are The Gifts. With 365 being the push I needed for a fresh perspective, I’ve gone to a local park at dawn and have seen light that took my breath away. I have gone places and done things just for the photo and then realized I’ve had a really great time. And, I’ve made a friend in our group, someone who is willing to message back and forth about photography when others might not be.
365 challenges you to play with photography every day
365 challenges you to try new things. If you already like landscapes. Try still life. If you like macro, try portraiture. Like solitary photowalks? Try street photography.
So what is the end result?
A Facebook album minimally. Some new skills. Perhaps a photo book or a video of rapidly changing images.
And, as is so often the case with photo projects — you will have done it for the joy of it.
By Ruth Bergen Braun
In my day job, I’m a professional counsellor in Lethbridge, Alberta. (See my professional website here ruthbergenbraun.com) I work with clients who have a variety of life struggles — depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement, trauma, and past and/or current abuse.
I have loved photography since my darkroom days as a teenager — long before we ever imagined the fun of digital photography. I joke that I’m so old that I took my first photography course B.C. — before computers. I have taken and enjoyed Marlene’s courses, both the Ruzuku format and Marlene’s content. I often recommend her website and online courses to people who want to learn more about both the art and technology of digital photography. I also have recommended her courses as “a gift to yourself” and thus, the idea for our course on using photography as self-care was born.
Follow my photography journey on my Facebook page.
Ruth’s blog posts:
- Take in the Good
- Photography as a gift
- Ruth’s first hybrid portrait
- 365: One photo per day for one year
- Pondering Imperfection
- 365 Reflections
Ruth and Marlene co-teach Take a Break: Photography for Self-Care