On January 1st of this year, I began a project in which the goal was to take and post (to Flickr) one photograph each day.
I got the idea from PhotoJojo and from Drew Bennett of BenSpark.com. Unlike others, my goal was not to take more pictures, as I currently take between 15,000 and 20,000 each year. It was to force creativity into my photography, by establishing a deadline for uniqueness. My typical images are usually simple or blackmail interesting photos of family or friends.
Results of the Project
More often than not, I find that I’m taking pictures at the last minutes of the day, just to meet the requirements of the project. Sometimes they come out good, but most times they are not. Taking pictures just for the sake of the deadline makes ends up simply making me work in the same environment over and over. If you really look at the photos and the days of the week they were taken, you will definitely find a long-exposure/night theme to the weekday images.
Those times when I actually set aside the time to dedicate to capture new and unique images, I usually end up with more than one that I would like to highlight. Often I find myself wishing I just use a picture the next day.
Another goal I originally had was to center a blog post around each image. But the restricted environment I end up working in on the weekdays, hardly makes some images worth more than a title and how I shot it.
Basically, the project is not helping me reach my end goals of improving my photography to the extent I wanted. But it has taught me how to add more variety in my shots and look at the objects around me in different ways.
My New Plan
Rather than a daily posting, I’m committing myself to at least 3-7 original photographs per week, that are worth publishing and sharing. Each week, most likely on Monday or Tuesday, I will be writing a “summary” post, which will include these images and their details.
This will allow me a little more flexibility to be creative and to focus a little more on those times when I get more than a single image. Additionally, I can begin to explore other techniques that I would like to dig a little deeper into, like macro, portraits, and HDR.
It may sound like I’m giving up, but I’m not. I’m refocusing my time to produce better images and to spend a little more time on this blog.