I've learned a few things both about photography and keeping up with a 365 project in the three years I've been collecting a photo a day.
Here are the things that have helped me most along the way.
1. Keep it real and simple and don't be afraid to capture the ordinary and the simple. Photograph life as it happens, naturally and spontaneously. Those are the memories I will treasure most. Sometimes it is not about a perfect photo, just a moment of life.
2. Include photo walks in your 365, with others, by yourself, with inspiration lists. Just get out and look for things that inspire you. Or just walk around your house.
3. Collect and review your photos. Looking through my photos, reading the stories I've written about them and seeing them together is great inspiration to keep the project going!
4. Scrapbooking your photos? Keep it super simple. It is a BIG project. I'll post more on that tomorrow!
5. Hang in through January and February, they are the hardest months to photograph. Low light. Mostly indoors. They can be tough. Only let your mood get in the way a little.
6. Look in unexpected places for you photo of the day. Look up, down, around, behind. Shoot the same thing on different days with a different point of view.
7. Know that somedays selecting your photo of the day will be easy, others not so. It may even be the first photo you take.
8. Get others involved. Whether you join a flickr group or ask people to vote for their favorites or blog your photos, having a group around you can make 365 a lot more fun!
9. Try something different. Choose a different setting. Try macro. Get off Auto. Change it up.
10. Enjoy the process. You are documenting your life. THAT is the most important thing.
What have you learned doing 365? What keeps you from trying it, if you haven't?
If you'd like a few more pointers as well as a LONG list of inspiration, check out my tutorial Give It Your Best Shot No. 02: Capturing A Photo A Day