Take A Photograph Everyday For A Year
Photograph everyday, that’s it, take a photograph everyday for a year.
That’s the aim of this project.
You like taking photos, but if you’re not a professional photographer, there will be periods when you don’t take any.
This project gets you into the habit of shooting more often.
At the end of the year taking a photograph everyday should be a habit.
You can use whatever camera you like, from a Smartphone to a DSLR.
If you want to get photos that are top class you can.
However I think you should use this project more as a sketch book.
If you get a photo that’s special, great, but I’d be looking for ideas that you could come back to.
I took a photograph everyday in 2012
In 2012 I decided I’d take a photograph everyday, and I actually completed the project.
I only got the idea to do it a few days before the New Year started. I started on New Year’s Day.
You can begin this on any day of the year.
However the 1st January is such a popular, and seemingly natural day to start something new.
It’s possibly easier to stick with what you start on that day than any other day.
After all it is the first day of a new calendar year.
I set some guidelines
When I started this in 2012 I set some guidelines for myself, but there’s no need to do this.
At the time I was working as a mailman.
I knew that when December came I was going to be working right through the daylight hours.
That meant that I was not going to be able to get an outdoor photo easily that month.
I decided that I would restrict myself to shooting inside everyday, not just in December.
I only had two lenses at the time
At the time I also only had two lenses an 18-55mm and a 55-250mm.
I decided that I’d take all the photos at 55mm whichever lens I used and only forgot a few times.
The 55-250mm lens was set to 55mm when I mounted the lens onto the camera.
However, the 18-55mm was set to a value between 18mm and 55mm.
Once or twice I forgot to adjust it.
You wouldn’t know by looking at the photos what the focal length was so it doesn’t matter.
Taking a photograph everyday for a year
I started out to take a photograph everyday for a year on 1st January 2012.
There were Christmas decorations still in the house, so I started by shooting one of those.
It’s the first photo shown here in this article.
I used two more on the following days before moving on from Christmas.
Everyday I found something else inside to shoot.
Needless to say there were things photographed that wouldn’t often be regarded as great subject matter.
Sometimes these subjects had greater photographic potential than seemed likely.
For several months I was shooting random things that had no relation to each other.
From day to day, sometimes being surprised by the photos. but always enjoying them.
A black chair with a red cup
On the 1st May I photographed a red cup placed on top of a table.
It was beside a black arm chair with a remote control left on the arm.
This is typical enough of the photos I was taking early in the year.
It’s several years ago and I can’t remember if I set it up, or just photographed it as I found it.
Now I doubt if I set it up, but the inside of the cup looks very clean, so maybe I did.
Progressing through the year
I know I set up the next one which I shot on 3rd June.
There’s this tile with a fruit design on our kitchen wall, and we have a bowl with a somewhat similar design.
I placed the bowl in front of, and just underneath the tile.
These things can be lying around but if you’re not looking for a subject, you mightn’t spot them.
The next one I’m including here was taken shortly after that on the 20th June.
While I started the project by mainly pointing the camera at things as they were, by now I was setting up photos.
This shows a toy dog with a hip flask in front of it.
I doubt if I was careless enough to leave anything in the flask, but it does look a happy toy.
As I was progressing through the year I was making web pages and linking them together.
I was adding the photo from each day as I went along.
I was doing this because it was an easy way to keep track of how the project was progressing.
It was easier to to continue shooting everyday when I was able to see it all coming together, rather than have it simply sitting on a hard drive.
I didn’t post the web pages online, they were just on the computer.
A change of focus
Each web page that I was making had nine photos on it, three across and three down.
This looked good enough with just random photos on the page but I was getting a different idea.
From mid July, just over half way through, I got the idea of taking related photos in groups of nine, starting when I was starting a new page.
While it wasn’t as much fun as it could have been early on when I was just shooting random photos.
Once I started the groups of nine it became much more interesting.
As I was coming to the end of the year instead of wishing it to end, I was wishing it wouldn’t.
I know I could have kept going but I did stop at the end of the year.
From random photos to themes
I’ve taken a few sets of the nine related photos, and combined them in one image, in the order they were on the web pages.
The first nine were shot from 10th August through to 18th August.
These are something white on a black background, and something black on a white background on alternate days.
I didn’t try very hard to get the white balance right in these, as I’ve said I was treating them like sketches to perhaps to return to.
I haven’t gone back to any of them since, but as I look at these now, perhaps I will soon.
Next up I have a very simple idea, nine plates on fruit on a table.
They make a colourful display. You could do something like this with vegetables as well.
It might take a bit more thought to come up with nine vegetables that would be a colourful as this.
Vegetables have a greater variety of shapes than fruit, but they’re not quite as colourful.
The plates of fruit were shot from the 15th September to the 23rd September.
Finishing taking a photograph everyday
The last group I’m featuring I began taking on the 3rd October through to the 11th October.
This time I took, and photographed, nine albums that I like very much, so much that I’ve bought them all on vinyl and on CD.
Some of them have mainly blackish covers and the other are mostly white.
I’ve shot the black ones on a white background and visa versa.
I’ve placed the CD on top of the same vinyl, each placed on the vinyl, in the same place they are on the web page.