Between Christmas and New Year I was reading a blog from one of my favourite scrapbook artists Biograffiti. She had written about her plans to complete Project 365 and the templates that she planned to sell throughout the year. I was intrigued and investigated to find out more.
What is Project 365 (or P365)?? While every P365 is different and reflects the hobbies, interests and goals of the participants .. in its simplest form it is the simple act of taking a photo every day for a year. Many people will post their photos on Flickr, Picassa, blogs, scrapbook pages, twitter or share via email … however the presentation of the photos is not the important part of the project … The idea behind starting a P365 is to make photography an every day event, with hopes of improving the art. It also has the added benefit of forcing a photographer/scrapbooker to slow down and take a different look at the world around them.
I already have a tendency as both a parent and (very) amateur photographer to take lots of pictures. However I liked the idea of the discipline of taking (at least) a photo a day as I have a tendency of taking a lot of photos all at once and then not for a few days (and sometimes weeks).
So I decided and have almost completed my first month of Project 365. Like most people I have created some additional personal rules/goals. I am taking each day 1 photo of each of my 2 children, 1 photo of either (or both) of my 2 cats and sometimes a photo of .. well just anything that takes my eye. I then choose one from the 4 groups as my main P365 image. So far I have not missed a day … however as I have not even completed 10% of the year’s goal I am not being too cocky.
On the scrapbooking side, I have and will continue to use Biograffiti‘s P365 templates. They are a great way to get a quick starting point for scrapbooking p365 and you can make it as simple of completed as you like. If you just want to put in the photos and do some brief journalling … that is OK … or if you want to use them as a staring point and then embellish for hours … hey that is also good.
If you are interested … here are some additional places where you can get some information
- Photojojo – Get the history on P365 and some tips for keeping on track
- Digital Photograhy School’s 11 Tips to Succeed with P365
- Project 365 Group with Flickr – A Great Community
- DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio – A cool idea that will help you to create impressive photos even when the weather outside is bad