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Take A Picture Every Day

Along the lines of starting an illustrated journal, taking a picture every day is a wonderful way to document your everyday life, and share it with others. 

There are a lot of benefits to a project like this: it can make you more mindful of your everyday life, or it can shake up your boring routine.  Whether you choose to photograph snapshots of your life or roam afield looking for beautiful subjects, your life will be the richer for it.

Project 365 is the most well-known inspiration for this, but there are several organizations dedicated to "picture a day."  It can be very helpful to join a group for inspiration, validation, and that sense of community. 

But don't get caught up on the organizational side.  Sometimes it can be easy to get so involved in forums and fiddling with your profile that it becomes a bigger time sink than benefit to your life!

Flickr is the most popular platform for daily photograph projects.  Flickr is free, easy to use, and gives you a great set of tools for organizing and sharing your photographs.  If you don't already have a blog or a website, then Flickr is a great place to start. 

(Once you have gotten set up with Flickr, check out some of their 365 groups.  The convention for most groups is to name your photograph by the number in a series.  You would name your first picture 1/365, your second picture 2/365, and so forth.)

Another benefit is the improvement in your mad photography skillz!  Most of us want to get better at photography, but we don't really know how.  Let me assure you, the first rule is: take more pictures!  Every time you take a picture, you get a little bit better at working out the framing, depth of field, lighting, and all those other arcane skills you have probably heard about.

But at its heart, the quality of the photo isn't the most important thing.  At the end of your 365 days, when you look back at this collection of photos documenting a year in your life, you will undoubtedly learn some surprising things about yourself.  It's funny how much we forget in the course of a day, a week, a month. 

Sometimes it's hard to just "take a picture of something."  If you want some extra direction, you can choose to document the progress of a project - crafting, renovation, decluttering, gardening; whatever it is that you do! 

Other people take the challenge a step further, as with the 365 Blythe group who pledge to take a picture a day of their Blythe dolls.  (Regardless of how you feel about Blythe dolls, the photography, set design, and art direction in this group is simply amazing.)  365 Self Portraits offers an interesting, sometimes cringe-inducing, but always thought-provoking self portrait every day.  You can even mix it up - in fact, the Photojojo post recommends that you vary your themes, to keep it interesting.

No matter what you do, it's the doing of the thing that matters.  Clicky clicky!

Photo credit: Flickr/Stephan Geyer