Project 365 + other alternatives


Back when The Daily Digi opened it’s virtual doors in January of 2008, Janet posted about doing a photo-a-day project (also known as project 365). If you have made a daily photo resolution for this year, you will enjoy reviewing that same post for some ideas and I (Katie) have a few more to share as well.

What if you don’t want to take a photo every day, or can’t possibly think of what you would shoot on a daily basis? Well, I have plenty of other alternatives to inspire you also, so read on!

I completed a full year of taking daily pictures in 2008 and I’m very proud of myself for finishing a Project 365 (it was actually 366 that year because of leap year). I learned so much about myself as a photographer, and as a person by grabbing my camera each and every day to document the little details. I now have a very comprehensive photo essay of what our lives were like in the year 2008. Here’s a collection of the pictures I took in March of 2008:

Project 365 Quick.ish page by Something Blue Studios. Fonts are Fontologie Textura Traced and Calibri

The best thing I did while working on my photo-a-day project was to write a little bit about each picture when I uploaded them to my flickr account. I also used these photos on my blog throughout the year and included many details there. Now I have plenty of documentation to go with the pictures which makes for a complete story. I strongly suggest that you keep a blog or find an online place to share at least some of your Project 365 photos. It will keep you accountable and motivated throughout the year!

Why do Project 365?

  • It’s a great way to get in the habit of taking pictures on a daily basis.
  • You will improve as a photographer because you will be practicing every day.
  • The year will be documented in photos from beginning to end.

Tips and Ideas for Project 365 in 2010:

You are probably wondering if I continued doing the photo-a-day thing in 2009? I decided not to continue and I don’t plan to do it this year either. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a FANTASTIC challenge, but I just don’t think I could do it every year. It was a struggle many days and I felt like sometimes I just took pictures of boring things so I would have my photo of the day. The trick is definitely to stay fresh and find new perspectives and ideas, so be sure to the list of links above for some help.

I do believe that every photographer who wants to improve their skills should try doing the 365 at least once if they are up to it. I also think there are some other wonderful ways to grow and enjoy participating in regular challenges, especially using weekly and monthly themes to explore new frontiers.

This year my focus is going to be more on capturing the pictures I want to represent each month of the year. I also want to explore themes and techniques in new ways. I have found a lot of online resources that keep me excited and interested in photography (which keeps me excited and interested in scrapbooking also). These links will also come in handy for 365’ers since you will need a lot of ideas to take you through an entire year.

Weekly and Monthly Photo Projects

  • will have a new theme every 4 weeks. The goal is to take one picture per week
  • i HEART faces has a new theme posted each week on their blog
  • Beyond Megapixels is posting one theme challenge and one technique challenger per month
  • Simple Scrapper will be posting a monthly top ten project with a free template
  • Get It Scrapped will be posting a pdf idea sheet and sketch each month on their blog throughout 2010. Great for photo and/or scrapbooking ideas
  • Photo Friday posts a new photo prompt every Friday.
  • Digital Photography School posts weekly assignments in their community forums
  • Two Peas has a different photography challenge posted each week
  • Sony Backstage posts a different challenge each month.
  • The Lily Pad posts a new photography challenge every month
  • Little Dreamer Designs is hosting Project 52 challenges on their blog
  • O Scraps posts a different photography challenge each month in their forum.
  • Shabby Pickle posts a different challenge each month along with some photography tips.
  • 12/12 – via Cathy Zielske’s blog in 2008. Simply take 12 pictures on the 12th day of each month. Based on this now defunct blog, but the idea is still a great one!
  • Ali Edwards has a great series she calls “A Week in the Life” that you could do once a year, or even once a month.

Many of these sites allow you to submit your photos for feedback and/or community involvement, but of course you don’t have to do that. Simply follow along for inspiring ideas if that is more your style.

Be sure to grab your camera (it doesn’t have to be a fancy one) and get ready to shoot some amazing photos this year!


P.S. Congratulations to Heather H who was randomly drawn from the comments left on yesterday’s post. She won a $10 GC to Paislee Press!