365 days of photos! I recently read an article saying that taking and POSTING a photo a day can make you a better photographer. As a photography enthusiast, I have a LOT to learn even though I have had various cameras over the years and have taken some pretty decent photos but I know my photos can be better – much better.
A few years back, I finally took the camera off of Auto, only to set it up in Aperture Priority and mostly leaving it on F8. I thought I was pretty smart then to finally get the camera off of Auto, but essentially, I was and still quite often do, use this as another form of “auto”.
I had done quite a bit of reading of how to take better photos but I knew that I needed to know more about how the camera worked and what all the settings and buttons did before I could advance. I found and purchased an online video course by Ken Shultz around that time called EasyDSLR. It didn’t hurt that it was on sale when I found it and that Ken has a really neat accent. 😉 For me, the way he teaches works well. Understanding, f-stops, ISO and shutter speed, etc. finally is starting some sense and I am starting to see the light.
I follow a few photography sites and blogs and a couple of days ago I read a post from DPS by Katie McEnaney called “Jumpstart Your Photography – Start A 365 Project“. In the article, Ms. McEnaney says “A 365 project is an important commitment that will make an immediate and lasting impact in your photography. While the idea of daily photography sounds deceptively simple, such a project will push and stretch you, and your photography“.
That statement resonated with me and really got me thinking. Wanting my photography to be better is great but perhaps a 365 day project is just what I need to push my skills to another level. Soooo–here I am writing this post. Starting today, I will TRY to use my camera every day to take a photo of “something”. It may not the the bird or scenic landscape that I normally shoot (although there will probably be plenty of those), instead it may be something that I have never photographed or even thought about photographing before. For motivation and support, I have asked my friend Eliz to join me in this venture. She will be posting her photo’s on her website at E-liz Treasures. Be sure to stop by both of our sites and see what we have photographed. As always, comments are welcomed.
And so it begins… I will leave today with a photo that I took last week of one of my most favorite things to photograph – a pano of the shrimp boats in Swansboro. Turns out that I am not the only one that likes photos of these boats. Check out the shoreline that evening.