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Tips for Starting a 365 Photo Project

365 Photo Project Tips

A fun and challenging thing to do each year is a 365 photo-a-day project. The idea is simple – capture one photo each day for a year. It’s a great way to hone your skills as a photographer. You’ll be able to look back at your progress throughout the year and see how you’ve improved. Each day that passes is a new opportunity to try new things and tweak your style!

Coming up with fresh ideas each day for subject matter can be a bit tricky. Below are some tips to help keep you on track and the creative ideas flowing!

Set a Theme

365 Photo Project Tips
Sometimes having a theme to work with helps to cultivate a creative crop of images. Themes like nature, cityscapes, the open road, food, macro photography, travel, etc… work really well and help keep you on track when you’re strapped for what to shoot on any given day.

Pick a Color

365 Photo Project Tips
Use color to guide you. Choose a color at the beginning of your project and try and capture an element of that color in each photo you shoot over the course of the year. You’ll be surprised at the new ways you look at everyday objects!

Use a Consistent Prop or Subject

365 Photo Project Tips
Pick an object or particular subject you can use as a constant in all your photos. Whether it’s a prop you place in each photo you take (think quirky things like garden gnomes or tiny figurines for fun macro shots) or an object found in everyday life like a door, window or wheel, and incorporate them in each photo you take for a consistent theme.

Putting it All Together

The best thing about a 365 photo-a-day project is the fun you can have with your images once you’re done. Try making a slideshow video or photo book to showcase your work. A dynamic video slideshow is a fun and unique way to show off all your shots from throughout the year. ProShow slideshow tools make it easy and give you a ton of flexibility and options over your final project. The videos below were made using ProShow.

Photography by Jack Hollingsworth. Video made in ProShow Web.

Photography by Roman Kurywczak. Video made in ProShow Producer.

Remember to Let Loose and Have Fun!

A 365 photo-a-day project is meant to be fun, so let loose and capture whatever you’re drawn to. Even if you don’t have a theme and each shot is random, your final series will be a unique representation of you! Be sure to have a camera ready at all times, you never know when you’ll be inspired!

Have you ever completed a 365 photo project? We’d love to hear your tips in the comments below!


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As a member of Photodex's events team, Dylan specializes in teaching pro photographers and slideshow hobbyists alike how to use ProShow in their business. He's an avid student of photography and enjoys Austin's eclectic mix of music, art and nature.