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Before I start with this article, a little disclaimer. I just finished the 365 photography challenge - known as a 'photo a day' but I blogged and took more than one photo on most days, so it was that little bit more challenging. So I'm feeling pretty smug right now, that I achieved it. But I am by no means toting myself as an expert. This is just my humble advice on how to keep going when it does nothing but rain, or when you feel like giving up.

Before 2012, some weeks would pass when I wouldn't even pick up the camera, let alone think about shots, or how to compose one. Photography still excited me, but I was lacking inspiration. So on the 2nd of January last year I decided to throw everything up in the air, and let go. That is to say, I stopped being precious about the camera (because you can't when you have to take a photo a day) and I forced myself to take rubbish shots, as well as half decent ones.

:bulletblack: Start as you mean to go. Don't over-set yourself a goal. It's simply disheartening when you can't stick at it. So take the challenge in its simplest form and say you'll do a photo a day, for 365 days. If you then want to add a blog into the mix, or more photos, then go for it!

:bulletblack: Consider using DeviantART/Facebook/Flickr/Blog sites to keep track of what you're doing. Don't feel pressured to update daily, but you can take advantage of the support from other people. Getting likes, favourites, follows and so on can be a great motivator on days when you feel like giving up.

:bulletblack: Step outside of your creativity comfort zone. Nobody, least of all yourself, will stay motivated if you take 365 photos of a leaf. Or a pet, Or a person...and so on. Not unless you've got some time lapse going on there! Get out and about, set yourself the trial of becoming creative and unique. Try and make sure each day is as different as possible to the previous.

:bulletblack: Don't let the weather get you down, in fact Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you! everything looks different in rain, or in snow - there are a multitude of ways you can photograph one thing. And if it doesn't rain, take a spray bottle, make it rain - movement and spray can make for fantastic photographs!

:bulletblack: Don't leave the house if you haven't got a camera with you. You're breaking an unwritten photography law if you do! Make sure your phone has a camera if you're absolutely going to leave the main one at home. Slipping a point and shoot in your bag if you work in the majority with a DSLR is no hardship!

:bulletblack: Ask. Ask people if you can take their photo, their garden, their pet - even their car! If you don't ask you won't get, if there's one thing I've gotten this year, it's more confidence!

:bulletblack: Most importantly, look back on what you've done. When you get to day forty, look back to day one and see how far you've come. Constant reminders of the shots you have taken, the places you've been and the lengths you've gone to, to complete this challenge, are huge motivators.

Finally, just be creative but above all that, be comfortable with what you're doing. You can step outside of your creativity comfort zone, you can set yourself targets that are above what you hope to achieve, but don't feel sad or like giving up when it goes wrong or doesn't work out like you planned. You've got 365 days ahead of you - what's the worst that can happen? ;)





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kareynomer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student
For some reason, I read the title as "The 365 Photography Challenge - How to Stuck at it". That would have been an interesting topic :lol:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:rofl:
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This year I'm doing a piece of Literature a day, but maybe next year (if I have a better camera) I'll take up a challenge like this, I really want to but my camcorder doesn't allow me the quality I'd want with a challenge such as this.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that's ambitious! How are you finding it so far?
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's been good so far, much easier than I expected. I'm enjoying it. :)
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AJ333 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost did this this year on my photography page *AJ333Photography ... But instead I did a Hiatus challenge. The point of the 6-12 month hiatus was to take pictures as normal but then upload your 10-20 best at the end of the time you choose.

This was to make you only post your best works and get un-addicted to needing faves/comments to feel successful. I didn't think this was a problem for me but I did want to try this for 6 months to see how much it improved my photography since I would be shooting for just me for a while :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That sounds fnatastic! I love that idea :)
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in a 52 challenge =P One new pictures per week... Sounds far less ambitious, but I spend hours at making my pictures.
Most of the advices here could be used for my project ^^
The goal at the end is to make a new photobook =P
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a great idea!!! :nod: more time to make more awesome!
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be impossible for me to create a new thing each day or I would be unsatisfied by the result...
How do you plan to finalize your project ? An exhibition ? A book ? A party ? I think such project should have a final milestone of some importance =D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm i'd love to do a book, but i'm not sure :P
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think a book is the best :thumbsup:
I'm just afraid about the size of the book, perhaps you will have to make two ones... :lol:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes :D
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Twice the pleasure :woohoo:
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InkedSilver Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'll try to apply this life to my 30 day drawing challenges
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent!
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abravewolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Excellent tip. Thanks a lot. Really.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Whoa awesome! :la:
Very informative!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woo. I've heard of this. Definitely thinking about committing to such a project too!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: :)
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vanmall Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to do it few months ago, I even wrote a journal about it but then weather got so bad that it was basically like a night all day, so I couldn't do it. I'm not that good yet to take pictures when it's dark, I tried. :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's the trouble when it's dark!
But maybe inside still life would work :nod:
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vanmall Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, I didn't think about it! Might give it a try again but will start when winter is over because then we have enough light outside and once it's winter again then I'm just too far with this project to quit. :lol:
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letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this!

I'm doing it this year, and I'm already flagging on motivation, and it's only the 22nd :/
I skipped Saturday and Monday so I'm feeling guilty x.x
So I think these tips will come in handy very soon. :D

BTW - there's a website for this - 365project.org - and this is mine (if anyone wants to follow me or whatever): [link] (I also post to my Instagram and through Instagram, to FB and Flickr.)

Here's a tip I've found useful, btw: If you have a smartphone, use it. All of my photos so far have been by phone because I'm too lazy to use my actual camera, but the results have been pretty good (at least to me) so far. XD

Great article, btw. Doing and finishing the 365 Project was one of my few New Year's resolutions and I really hope I can complete it. XD
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the link to the website, that's awesome! And a great tip. I used my phone a lot of days. :D
Good luck with your project!
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice :D

I think in the future I might try a 52 weeks project instead of a 365, I don't think I could fit it into my schedule :P
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a good idea i might too :D
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
nice :D

Yeah i did this last year october 2011-2012 and I must say it's very challenging :nod: very fun and interesting but it'll make you feel like you accomplished something big. Some days I took more than one as well and some I took one that I didn't even want to use but had to :giggle: The next challenge I wanted to do is when my daughter is born take her photo everyday for a year to see her grow but I know I'll be busy and stressed ^^;
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It is very challenging, but so rewarding!
:nod: Maybe you can do it every week for your daughter :nod: or month!
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
yeah every week would be good :eager:
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
no wait! I did this october 2010-october 2011 lol :XD:
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So-digital-me Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great article! Motivates me to take the 365 day challenge.... at some point :P
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it does! :D
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking about trying that one day, so i find this very helpful :heart:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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