Tips on finishing a Project 365 or photo a day.

Yesterday I finished my second Photo a day project(Project365). Back in 2005 I took a picture a day for 16 months(Link to that gallery: http://www.pbase.com/digitald3/pad). Finally stopping a few months after the birth of my son. The challenges of parenting for the first time led me in a different direction. Last New Years day 2011 at the spur of the moment I decided to try a 365 project again. I had been storing photos on Smugmug and decided to use my Smugmug account for my second try. Smugmug is a great place to store your photos, a great family company with unlimited storage for your photos at a reasonable price, plus you can sell your photos if you choose to do so. Here’s a link for a few bucks off your Smugmug Subscription. Smugmug has communities, some active and some not so active, I found the Daily Photo community to be quite active and supportive through the year. Some people in that community are posting photos daily some are actively taking a new photo a day…I prefer to store the images on Smugmug because I pay for it, I believe they care about my photos, when you store you photos on a social network, if that network falls apart or shuts down you photos may go with them. So I mainly post to Smugmug then cross post to my various networks.

Half way through my year Google launched Google+. Google+ is a great place for photographers. There are project365 groups and theme photo days which can be helpful finding something to shoot and a great way to meet other photographers. You can find me on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/100662758486338431135/ Google+ is a great place to store photos as well, it mainly piggy backs into Google Picasa Photo storage system. What I store in Picasa, I also store in Smugmug.

So here are some tips that I found helpful during the year.

1. Include your kids or family. My kids really enjoyed getting involved helping to set up shots with their toys etc…
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2. Find a community of fellow Photo a Day photographers, i.e. Smugmug’s Daily Photo community or Google+‘s variety of circles. Share your work in those communities and on Facebook and Twitter!

3. Buy flowers regularly.
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4. Have your camera with you around sunset! Often the clouds or sky are enough to capture something interesting
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5. Carry a camera with your wherever you go! I used my iPhone for about 15 shots out of my 365.
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6. Let Post Processing be your friend. Black and white images can be a great save for late at night shots of your kids toys.
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7. Take walks
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8. It’s your art, somedays you’ll like it, somedays you won’t, it’s ok… move on.

9. I found it helpful to make separate monthly galleries as the year moved on. I could celebrate the end of a month and move on to the next. I made video slideshows using Animoto of most months.

10. Make prints of your favorite shots through the year. Celebrate your work!

Happy New Year 2012!

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