Much like the crowds at your local gym every January, the first of the year has turned into a plethora of 365 photo projects on Flickr, Instagram and blogs everywhere. But if you thought it was too late to start your project this year, think again.
You can start your 365 project any day of the year. The point of a year-long project like this isn’t when you do it, the point is to get it done. Period. You don’t even need to do a full 365 either. You can start with a 50 or 100 day photo project and work your way up from there. So there really isn’t any excuse for you NOT to start a photo project this year.
The original 365 project was one of gratitude. Post a photograph on your blog and/or the social media network of choice and write a sentence or two about something you’re grateful for. Seems easy enough, right? But there are so many ways to make it fun and customize your 365 project to your interests and goals. Below are just a few ideas for you to consider.
1. Look Up – Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed one of our Instagram followers, @javablue, who uses the hashtags #365daysoflookingup and #365daysofsky. A great idea for a 365 project for two reasons. One, you’re sure to have a great deal of variety. And two, your subject is always available no matter where you are.
2. Textures – They’re everywhere. It’s amazing how many different textures you can find. Anyone and everyone can find texture in their everyday life. This is a great opportunity as a photographer to train your eye to see the beauty in everyday objects.
3. Nature – There are all sorts of opportunities here. You can do something different every day or you can focus on one subject like flowers of trees. This one works best if you happen to live in a suburban or rural area. But if you’re a creative city dweller you can certainly find ways to make this work for you.
4. Bridges and Tunnels – This type of project is perfect for the daily commuter. I’ve even seen a few IGers use the hashtag #subwayseries where they document their daily commute travels underground. Talk about a fun way to pass the time underground.
5. Perspective – Here’s a fun way to train your photographic eye with infinite possibilities. You can do all one-point perspective; look at things only from below or above; or use only one lens – like a macro or fish-eye, for example.
So get creative, and start a photo project today. And if you do, please share a link with us and our readers in the comments below.