2010. Like it or not it’s over. And after all the time and effort I put into my Project 365, I wanted to give it one last look before moving on. The slideshow above highlights some of my favorites over the year. I’m not sure they’re my best photos, and they may not be my favorites tomorrow. But today, while I’m writing this post, these are the photos I chose.
Also, in the spirit of wrapping things up, here are some things I learned and some progress I made while doing this project:
- Learned what RAW format is and started shooting in it
- Started shooting in Manual mode most of the time
- Purchased Photoshop Elements and Adobe Lightroom and learned basic editing in both
- Dabbled in using textures and actions
- Learned to look at everything as a potential photograph
And now the bad part–the things I didn’t like about the 365:
- The pressure–self-imposed to be sure but pressure nonethless–of taking and posting a photo every day. I tried to alleviate some of it by giving myself permission to not have to post every day, but then the photos just stack up and you get behind and things ultimately get worse.
- The time commitment. It takes a lot more time than I realized to shoot, upload, choose, edit, and post a photo every day.
- The frustration of not being able to “use” good shots. Some days I might have 20 shots that I like and could only choose one. The next day I might have nothing good, but would have to post a bad photo anyway.
So what’s next? I don’t want to lose ground on the progress I’ve made this year, but I’m definitely not up for another 365. I’ve joined Jan’s focus52 group over at twoscoopz. It’s less restrictive–basically you post one photo a week of whatever you want. And without the pressure of a photo a day I hope to go more in depth in some of the things I learned above and be more thoughtful in my photography.
Some photography goals for 2011:
- Keep shooting, hopefully daily
- Really learn to use Photoshop Elements and Lightroom
- Print more of my photos
- Learn to use off-camera flash