This time last year, I was in a bit of a slump. My camera was spending more time on my desk than in my hand and while I had the odd shoot here and there, I felt like I wasn’t really shooting anything for myself.
Last month, a guy I follow on Instagram started a “video a day” challenge. After watching a few of his videos, I thought “well photos are easier than video, right? Why don’t I do that?”
As it turned out, it was a little harder than I initially thought. That said, I don’t think I could have picked a better time of year to try this project out.
Right off the bat, I resigned myself to the fact that a good photo every day might be a lot to hold myself to, so at the very least I would aim for a post on Instagram every day. That way if life got out of hand, I wouldn’t be beating myself up over a failed project, too.
On day 30, I’m looking back on photos over the last month, and looking forward as I continue this project for another 335 days.
The biggest thing I found was carrying my camera in my hand, not in my bag. There would be a lot of times early on that I’d think “that’s a nice shot,” but the hassle of digging my camera out of my bag often meant the moment would have passed on.
Having my camera in-hand kept me in the mindset of taking photos, too. After a while, I found myself being stopped by a scene and hitting the shutter without thinking – with great results.
Another thing I found challenging was finding something different to shoot every day. Traveling the same path through campus every day, as nice as it is, begs for a little bit of variety. Finding details or moments in my daily commute that stood out added a lot of variety to the shot list.
Overall I found the 30-day challenge to be a great exercise – and something I’m looking to grow into a 365 challenge. Alongside the challenge, I’m going to be updating this blog with month recaps, recent shoots, photo essays and insight on my own photography.