As I sit here on the train travelling to Adobe InDesign training looking through my usual Twitter feed via Flipboard I came across an article on Weeder about 365 Photo Projects. People who have been friends with me on Facebook for a while might remember me "attempting" to do this a few years back. I say attempting because I made it through 146 photos out of the 365.
This is due to a lot of reasons, here's the list (read: excuses):
1. Lack of ideas for a rainy day (a lot where I live). Preparation is key here, always have some sort of list that are kept in the back pocket for those rainy days. And no, selfies won't be accepted.
2. Not using Adobe Lightroom. This isn't a major thing, but as I always shoot raw I used Adobe Bridge to sort and rate photos then open in Photoshop, do my edits, save as JPEG, then upload to my Flickr account. So in essence I would use three programs to get my photos online. Lightroom now replaces all three. Doesn't sound much but when you're editing loads of photos (sometimes) every day it can get a little labour intensive.
3. Photography skills. I'd like to think my skills and also my kit have grown since the last time I tried to do this allowing me to try different style of photography. Speaks for itself this one.
4. Lack of discipline. I didn't upload all the images, edit them, and upload to Flickr daily. This becomes worse the longer you leave it, worse still when you take a lot of photos on a single day. Bad Philip.
5. I always used my DSLR. Yes its nice to have some quality images but sometimes a snap via an iPhone is all that's needed. Or maybe I should just use an eyefi card and upload on the fly to Flickr? Time will tell.
6. Equipment. I was using a slow-as-hell windows machine 4 years ago which made editing files a pain. Now I'm using a nice 27" iMac with super fast card readers etc.. which is the polar opposite to what used before.
Anyway, enough of the excuses, here are some of the photos I managed to take during the 4 months of me taking a photo daily.
The Flickr set of this failed 365 can be found here. Yes, I know i missed January 27th.
Knowing what I know now and listing all my failings during my last 365 I think I'm going to attempt it. I really regret not finishing the entire year, some of the photos were pretty good, granted, some were awful, but on the whole it was a good experience which gave me something to look back on as well as teaching me how to use the camera, compose photos and generally get things right in the camera as much as possible and not relying on editing to correct things.
Keep an eye out for a blog post on January the 1st with a link to my Flickr page for my 2014 365 Photo Project and if you have any suggestions as to what I should do on those aforementioned rainy days then please leave a comment.