2013 // Project 365 & Beyond

2013 will mark the third year in a row that I have taken a picture every single day. Assuming its successful completion of course 😉 At some point in the year – I *think* it’s around the end of September, I did work it out last night but I have forgotten! – I will have taken a picture every day for 1000 days. Which sounds impressive if nothing else!

What can I take from 2012?
Life wise: don’t get too bogged down with work, it is after all only a job. Take time for yourself and enjoy life. You can be confident enough to walk around in a bikini top. Lots of exercise saw to that in August, I need to get back on the exercise on January 2nd. This should also help my knees which have got progressively worse as the year has gone on. They now hurt more or less all the time, and I can’t sit cross legged for longer than a few minutes without being in pain for the rest of the day. I probably need to go to the doctors about this. I’m scared of doctors though so the likelihood of this happening is slim, but I should go.
House wise: I finally feel settled in the house. I think that getting the kitchen completely overhauled has helped in this as the downstairs is now completed redone. I’d like to see the bedroom and study get decorated this year, but with KB finishing off his PhD we will have to see.
Photography: around August of this year I had some sort of epiphany in terms of photography, and my images got dramatically better. I’m not too sure what happened, but if I am to guess I’d suggest that work had been really bad and I finally got fed up of it and decided to take more time for myself and the things I enjoy. I created this blog too in November, and I just want to say thank you to everyone who has interacted with it in some way 🙂

What can I do better in 2013?

  • Make sure that work doesn’t get on top of me
  • Make sure that I start the exercise early and stick to it. Where possible don’t drop off doing it in September like seems to have been the pattern the last few years. Keep at a constant low level routine. Zumba once a week, pilates twice a week.
  • Read read read, experiment experiment experiment, learn learn learn. Stick at it with the photography. I’m excited to see where I will be in terms of skill this time next year

Photography emphasis for 2013
When I think back I see 2011 as being the year I learnt the camera, and 2012 as being the year I learnt how to execute the capturing of a successful photo. There is still a lot of room for improvement though. I’m not suggesting I am amazing at photography, merely that I have improved dramatically over the last two years.

For 2013 I want to focus on black an white, candid shots and portraits. I also want to try and make my photos more artistic. I want to make sure that I take at least one photo with me in it every month, and at least one photo with KB and myself in it (I want this to be where the artistry comes into play). I’ve prepared a big list of places to go and ideas for photographs, so hopefully I wont get too stuck for ideas.

Project 365 Advice
Be organised – don’t end up with too much of a back log of unedited/un-uploaded photos
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself for the quality of photos – bad shots are to be expected
Be prepared – keep a list of ideas for shots you can make around the house, useful for those days when you just are not inspired or can’t really be bothered
Don’t give in – it’s a big ask of yourself and some days you will wonder why on earth you are still doing this to yourself, but the rewards are worth it so stick at it
Support is key – get your friends involved for ideas and motivation, or join a group for support. There are plenty on the internet, with Flickr hosting a vast number of project 365 groups (including a small one I made for support)
Follow others taking part in the project – not only will you get the support from them, but can also ‘lend’ ideas from them 😉

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