A Self-Confessed Quitters Guide to Project 365

Guest post by Mark Churly of Prophecy Blur, one of the tasra365 challenge photographers. If you’d like to be a guest blogger or featured photographer on tasramar.com, leave a comment below.

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Photo © Prophecy Blur

Learning from a Self-Confessed Quitter
It’s quite hard to remember exactly why I started my Project 365. I do know it was after watching the film Julie and Julia on a plane. I was inspired by the character of Julie Powel, a self confessed quitter who took up a challenge to cook her way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year. I could see myself in her character, and as my mum will testify I have never stuck at anything!

When I got back from holiday I looked around on the Internet and found an article on Photography 365 projects. So it was with all that in mind that I decided to undertake my Project 365, and the commitment to take a photo a day for a year. My goal was simple, to become a better photographer, and in the process document a year of my life.

Number ONE Tip
I have learnt there is no point in having a great camera if you don’t use it. For my project I have been using a pocket camera (Canon Powershot S90) because I knew I needed to have a something with me at all times. In doing so I have found myself experimenting much more than ever. Often the shots I have ended up using have been the ones where I have thought. “I wonder what it would be like if I….”

Photo © Prophecy Blur

Photo © Prophecy Blur

This is my number one tip; take your camera with you everywhere. I can guarantee the day I pop out to the post office and leave my camera on the table, is the day is see something interesting and unique on the way.

Becoming a Better Photographer
I have already seen an improvement in the composition, processing and style of my photography in the 100+ days I have been going so far. I have actually found myself to be the biggest challenge; I want each and every day to be perfect. I become deeply frustrated if I am not happy with a days photo.

However just as I am mentally beginning to give up (maybe after a couple of days of bad photos), I take a photo that works perfectly. For me it is the photographic equivalent of hitting a perfect shot in golf, all the negativity melts away, and I know why I am doing this. I am already a better photographer, and by the end of this project I hope to be much much better.

My advice would be if you are thinking of doing a Project 365, then do it, you won’t regret it.

Image © Prophecy Blur

Image © Prophecy Blur

  • http://prophecyblur.com/ ProphecyBlur

    Thanks for the Feature post! Looks great :-)

    Hopefully can inspire some other quitters out there!

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      Thank YOU for joining the challenge and sharing your story. I'm sure it will
      inspired some other “quitters.” :-)

      Just saw your progress report posts with 10%, 20% collage of images. Love
      that idea! Might follow suit as way to remember what I've done and where I'm
      going! Thx for the inspiration.

  • susansee

    I really appreciate how inspiring and head-lifting your posts & those of your guest bloggers have been. It's been a tough year and it helps me to read how other people get thru the day-to-day struggles of being an artist.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      I appreciate your heartfelt honest comments Susan. I agree the past year
      (even two) have been tough for so many. Anything I can do to help people
      refocus on their passion and begin moving forward is an honor.

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  • Judy Knesel

    I can soooo relate to her in almost every way.

    • Judy Knesel

      Oops. Him, sorry.

      • Judy Knesel

        Well, I just can't get it right so I'll quit now. =]

        • http://tasra365.com tasra

          haha. I'm sure he got the idea. :-)

  • Judy Knesel

    I can soooo relate to her in almost every way.

  • Judy Knesel

    Oops. Him, sorry.

  • Judy Knesel

    Well, I just can't get it right so I'll quit now. =]

  • http://rirealmom.wordpress.com/ Kathy

    I have a hard time with commitment and have only made it to about day 30 twice with a 365 project. I did however discover some new tools to make it easier for a working mom like me to be able to always have a camera at my finger tips. I've had an iphone for about a year and was never very excited about the pics I was getting with it but recently I got some apps that are so great! Shakeitphoto, Hipstamatic and CameraBag. You Feel like you have five cameras in your purse! And they're great for those creative shots. Even though I'm not sure I want to commit again to a 365 project(I always end up feeling like a failure!) I think I might be able to get a great shot everyday! And what a joy that is!

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      Using an iPhone or smaller camera is often the way some people get through
      the challenge. I think the only way to fail is to give up on yourself…
      even if you miss a few days here and there that doesn't mean you failed,
      just make up for it and keep going. Another great strategy to make sure you
      get your shot every day is to link it with another activity you know you'll
      do, like eating. Take a daily shot of what you eat for lunch or something
      like that… it may help you get over the initial hurdle. :-)