Reflections on a 365 Photography Project

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As I’m recovering from yet another whirlwind trip (if you haven’t heard, I took another day trip to New York City on Wednesday and missed not one but TWO trains!). I am so grateful, in more ways than one, that my good friend Becca, the fabulous lady behind the Picaboo blog (and all things Picaboo) is here today with a guest post. I am so inspired by these fabulous photos and tips relating to doing a successful Project 365.

And here’s where I turn the time over to Becca and get back under the covers…

Point and Shoot….to 365

When I lived in Boston, I’d spend my weekends on my bike snapping pics with my Polaroid. The pictures reflected my life. I loved photographing old people, bike messengers and smokers. I focused on wrinkles, muscles and the way a face crinkles when it inhales tobacco. My only photography experience was pointing and clicking.

But it wasn’t until I saw this book by Brandon Scharr that really started thinking about learning the principles of photography and how they could help me better document my life. Brandon Scharr’s Picaboo photo book aptly titled, iP365, is a collection of photos he took every day for a whole year with his cell phone.

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Along the same time, I met Stephanie Glover. She’s the photographer behind Picaboo’s 365 Photography Project and I love her. (Oddly enough, we’ve never met her.) These two things came together to create Picaboo’s 365 Photography Project. The project in its essence is all about becoming a better photographer. Every Saturday, we share a photography lesson and a challenge. Throughout the week, participants take a picture every day and share it on our Facebook wall. On Fridays, we share the best pictures from the week.
Photo by Kimberly Harman

What I’ve learned from the 365 Photography Project

We’re twelve weeks in and I’ve learned a lot. Like how to take better cell phone pictures, use the rule of thirds, how to choose a lens and how white balance can change your picture.

Photo by Nhu Le
Photo by Nhu Le

I’ve also seen some amazing photographs. Like these pictures of morning, these cool shots of shapes and these objects shot from a new angle. But the one thing I’m really surprised to learn is that my perspective has changed. I used to only like photos and paintings of people. If you walk through my house, all you’ll see is oil, acrylic and photographs of people. But I’m actually impressed with flowerpots, trucks and trees. And, I’ve learned how to point and shoot a little better.

Photo by Cheri Pittman

Want to join Picaboo’s 365 Photography Project? This post has everything you need to know about our project. And here’s our Facebook page, come by and visit. You may see something you like. For this project, there are no official rules. You can start any time. You can leave any time. You can share your pictures or keep them for yourself.

We’re kinda like Wendy’s; you can have it your way.

Photo by Kimberly Brock

See more examples of face-down photography.

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Lolli has written 3164 posts on this blog.

I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between.

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  1. Wow! I’m honored to have my pic shown! Thanks so much! This project is fun, entertaining, and educational. I love looking daily at the world a little differently now; through the lens of my camera! I encourage everyone to join the fun. Learn about photography with Stephanie Glover’s tutorials, see some amazing photos, and make friends along the way. And like Becca says, have an AMAZING book at the end of the year full of your photos! I’m having so much fun with this project!


  2. I am so happy to be involved in the Picaboo 365 Project! Everyone who has been following along has really grown over the past 12 weeks. I can’t wait to see how they are doing at the end of the year! Thank you for mentioning me in this post.
    Steph´s last blog post ..UPrinting Sticker Giveaway!


  3. This looks like so much fun! I am going to have to try it…


  4. Thanks for letting me share some of the treasures I’ve learned from Picaboo’s 365 Photography Project. It’s been thrilling to see everyone’s photos and learn how to better use a camera. Thanks, Lolli!
    Becca Bernstein´s last blog post ..The 365 Project: Photography Tutorial Library



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