One of the goals I set myself for this year was get better at photography by learning how to use my DSLR on fully manual and completing Project 365 by taking at least one photo everyday. I'm tackling this project in stages - the first stage has nothing to do with the camera and everything to do with photography.
Stage one is about taking photos, taking photos everyday; of big things and little things and everything in between. I'm practising with the DSLR especially at the weekends but I work 9-5 and the light in the evenings makes practicing very difficult, particulary inside the house where the lighting isn't great at the best of times...
...does that sound like an excuse? It could be...it could be an excuse for not committing to this project and an excuse for not pushing myself harder. So rather than allow excuses happen I allowed stages to happen instead.
In this first stage all of the photos are being taken with my camera phone, because the main thing I want to do in stage one is take at least one photo everyday, just one is enough. With a camera phone there's no reason at all why this can't happen. With a camera phone I can instantly post to instagram. With a camera phone I'm getting into the swing of this project while learning the ins and outs of my DSLR on the side.
Stage 2 will happen soon enough - I'll start mixing in some DSLR photos along with camera phone photos and over time I'll get to stage 3 and have only DSLR photos so I can really challenge myself with settings and conditions.
In the meantime here is the first set of photos of my Project 365 - if you hover over each picture it will tell you a little more about each one
Photos: Phone 15 - Camera 0
Noteable things that happened: We went camping to Asheville and had a blast; The puppy and I spent a lot of time alone together that resulted in a chewed up couch (him) and a badly bruised finger (me); Kitty seems to have fully integrated herself into our lives; I also made a fab cushion that I'll post tomorrow
Hopefully over the course of the next year my photography will improve; I'll challenge myself creatively and technically and become much better as a result. Hopefully I'll continue to enjoy the project as much as I have so far and at the end of the year have a wonderful collection of photos describing my life at 27.
Are you doing a similar project? Are have you done it in the past? Please share any tips or recommendations - thanks