My very first Photo-A-Day Photo.
We all know that photos can evoke memories. So do you know what happened on April 5, 2006 or October 24, 2008? I do, I can go straight back to any day in the past seven years and find a photo that will remind me of what happened that day. I've been taking one photo every single day for seven consecutive years. I started the project on my thirty-first birthday back in 2005 and haven't missed a day since.
Taking a photo every day has allowed me to take amazing photos, terrible photos, experimental photos, sentimental photos and fun photos. However, no matter the photo I have 2557 memories to look back on.
How do you get to 2557 photos in the same amount of days?
- Always have a camera
- If you see it shoot it
- Tomorrow you can take a great photo
- Find a place to post the photos
- Shoot, Shoot, Shoot
Just a few of the cameras I've used in seven years.
Always have a camera
I used to travel and for seven years I flew all around the country and overseas. The first day at the job a co-worker told me, “Always have a camera with you because no matter where you go there is something to see.” I took that to heart and carried a camera with me everywhere. This was well before cell phone cameras were as prevalent as they are now. I had a Sanyo C4 and it could not only shoot photos but take video too. This was, again, before most cameras also shot video as well. I took about 7000 photos on that camera and hours of video, so much that I destroyed that camera. But the camera was with me all the time.
A special moment between cows.
If you see it, Shoot it
This is a big one because if you see something that you think, “that would make a great photo, I'll come back and shoot it.” Guess what, you will never go back and take that shot or if you go back you will not see what you originally saw. This one has been a source of frustration for me. It also ties in to tip number one because unless you have a camera on you all the time you can't catch that great shot.
This photo sparked one of my most successful blog posts ever.
Tomorrow you can take a great photo
My personal rule was that I had to take a photo on the day, I didn't have to post it every day but I had to take the photo. Some days I had no inspiration so I didn't take a great photo. I told myself that tomorrow I would take a great photo so I trained myself to be on the lookout for photo opportunities. The more I trained my mind to think in terms of photos the more I would be able to frame a better shot and occasionally take that great shot. But also allow yourself to take a bad shot. Not every photo will be a good one.
Even if a photo isn't a great one it can still inspire greatness. The photo above sparked a great discussion on my blog and turned my blog into once being one of the top results of the search for “Fry Sauce”. To find out about that, search out “BenSpark Fry Sauce” to see what I did.
Put those photos on display
Find a place to post the photos
Over the past seven years I used many sites to host my photos. I've posted to Buzznet, Flickr, Picasa, Zooomr, Tumblr, Posterous, Facebook and ShutterCal. Each photo was also placed on my blog and from that photo I would write my days blog post. Sometimes the post would be about the photo. Sometimes the post would be about what happened that day. But having a place to post each day helped me keep to my goals.
The most recent place that I have been hosting my photos for posting to my blog has been Shuttercal. I love this site because it is set up specifically for people who take photos each and every day. I've only been posting to Shuttercal for the past three years. I can flip from month to month and see all the photos in one place.
One of my most favorite Halloween memories
Shoot, Shoot, Shoot
If you are going to take a photo every day you have to just keep shooting. Shoot everything and anything. Just keep up on it and before you know it seven years have past but the memories will always be a photo away.