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It's our favourite time of year again - a whole new calendar of 365 days, or 365 opportunities, lies ahead of us.

As always, it's important to say a huge 'Congratulations' to our members who completed their first (or maybe second, third or umteenth) 365 project in what was the 10th year of 365project!

We're also very excited to welcome lots of new 365ers to the community and wish everyone well for the year ahead!

To help our new, and not so new, faces get off to the best start in 2018 we’ve recycled last year's top 10 tips for making every day count!

(Don’t forget we also have a Getting Started guide if you’re not sure how to upload your first photos)

1. Introduce Yourself on the Discussion Board

365 project is more than a photo journal, it’s a global community of friendly, passionate shutterbugs - and now you’re one of them! So, head over to the Discuss section of the site, check out the latest threads or start a new one and say ‘Hello!’.

In case you’re wondering what to say, most 365ers like to share their username, what country they’re living in and why they decided to start a 365 project and what they hope to gain from it.

2. Set a Daily Reminder

Before long, taking a photograph will slip right into your daily routine, but to get off to a solid start we recommend setting a daily reminder on your smartphone, sticking a post-it on the fridge or adding it to your diary.

Have a think about what might work well in your current routine and experiment with what works best for you. Maybe it’s when you walk the dog, take a walk at lunchtime or get the bus home - prompting yourself when you’re not likely to be rushed off your feet is a good starting point.

3. Make 365 Friends

Now and again members of the 365 community reach out with the most heart-warming letters of gratitude and one thing that every letter has is common is that people feel they have made new friends and become a part of a the community.

You too can enjoy this new community, especially by introducing yourself via the discussion boards, getting involved in challenges and themes and following other 365ers. Over time, you’ll notice people will start to follow your project; liking photos, leaving feedback and sharing amazing tips and advice. You might even find yourself organising local photowalks and shutterbug meets with fellow members!

4. Break it Down into Mini Projects

If the thought of taking 365 photos ever becomes daunting or you become struck with “Photographers Block”, don’t worry! Like all big projects, it can help to break it down into bitesize, digestible chunks!

Let us do the thinking for you and have fun with the Weekly Theme challenge, where we set a word or phrase and ask 365ers to use a special tag when uploading to enter photographs into that weeks challenge. At the end of the week we pick our favourite five photographs and hand it over to the community to vote for a winner.

This blog post also suggests seven great ideas to help you choose your own mini projects!

5. Get Camera Confident

We also love hearing stories from 365ers who were once shy and awkward with a camera but have used their 365 journey to learn new skills, techniques and even taken their photography from a hobby to a career.

By getting involved in the community you’ll be able to reach out to fellow 365ers and pick their brains for advice, inspiration and reviews of equipment or courses that you’re thinking of investing in.

Most importantly, practice makes perfect by using your project to experiment and play with photography. Just think what you could learn with 365 opportunities to use your camera in different ways, in different settings, with different effects.

You can also keep track of which photos are getting more likes and feedback than others with the statistics dashboard that is part of an Ace Membership (as well as loads of other perks!).

6. Make 365ing Your New Habit

In today’s world it’s not uncommon for us to reach for our smartphones in any moment of ‘downtime’ - whether we’re standing in a queue, on our commute home or waiting for a commercial break to finish. If your usual vice is social media or the latest addictive game, try swapping it out for working on your 365 project. Whether you’re checking the latest discussion topics, searching for inspiration or uploading your daily photo, you might be able to make a easy habit swap for the better.

Although we don’t have an official App, it’s easy to save a 365 bookmark to your home screen which makes your project just a click away. On an iPhone simply use the “Add to Homescreen” button from your Safari browser.

7. Stay on Top of Uploading

Staying on top of your uploads really takes the stress out of the project. With a daily reminder set and a habit swap in place, uploading and staying on top of your uploads can be easy.

But if you do find yourself getting a few days behind, don’t worry - we’re all human and life can sometimes get a bit hectic. It’s easy to upload several pictures at a time and most of the time our system will match the date to the data on the photo meaning you just have to add a title and quick description.

8. Share 365 with Friends

Like many projects, starting a 365project with friends can be a lot of fun! Photography is something everyone can do and 365ing is a great excuse to make more time to hang out with each other and something you can look back on together, with hundreds of photos to track your progress.

Even if you just tell a friend about your 365project this will boost your motivation and commitment to yourself - especially if you know they’ll ask how it’s going when you next see them.

9. Know Where to Look for Extra Inspiration

Community Challenges - Not only do we set Weekly Theme challenges, 365ers love to start challenges and themes on the discussion boards so if you feel like you need a new challenge, check out what’s going on and get stuck in.

Browse - In this area of the site we have several lists which have been curated to showcase photographs that are getting noticed. A mixture of lists and ranking processes makes sure that even our newest members are showcased alongside some of our most-respected 365 stars!

Search for tags - If you are learning a new technique, focusing on a specific subject or going to a new place, using the search box to view photos with particular tags will give you loads of 365 inspiration for that word.

10. Document Other Projects

Finally, taking a photo every day doesn’t mean you have to take an award winning National Geographic worthy image every day. Some of the most successful 365ers use photography as a way of documenting other activity in life, whether it's the food you’re eating, outfits you're wearing, workout you’re doing or another project you’re working through - this is all perfect subject matter!

If you have any extra top tips, please share them in the comment section below!

Happy Snapping :-)

posted January 2nd, 2018
The best advice I received in my first year (besides the obligatory "it's a photo a day, not a masterpiece a day") was to "always have flowers in the house". Now I'm not big on flowers, but the essence of the advice stands - have a fallback 'thing' you can use for your shot if you're getting stressed out about not being able to find a subject one day. People with pets have it easy here, but it can be clouds, flowers, the view from a certain window (shots taken at different times of year of the same thing make a great collage), the first thing you see in a cupboard etc. I've seen some people keep a jar of ideas they can pull a note from when inspiration eludes them. My first project is full a) "emergency flower shots" and b) stuff from the infamous "box of things to take shots of" - a collection of bits and bobs I'd save for rainy days.

The only other advice that springs to mind is if you're likely to want a photo book of your 365 project at the end of the year - start now. Go to your chosen site and get their book template (I've used Blurb every year so far) or have a look at how to tag things for book export in Lightroom. Add your photo to the template every day when you post. I think the number of people who can face going back through all 365 pictures at the end of the year are few and far between. ;)

I'm starting my seventh year and I still find it helpful to think of my project as a continuous line. Some days I'm posting a specific memory for that day, some days I've got a shot I worked at for a particular technique or processing experiment and some days... well some days, I'm just joining the line. It doesn't have to be amazing. I may not even like it. It just needs to link to the next one I do.

Good luck to everyone starting their project. Enjoy!
posted January 2nd, 2018
@humphreyhippo that’s an excellent suggestion to share about making a 365 photo book. Thank you for sharing!
posted January 2nd, 2018
@humphreyhippo thanks for such amazing advice!

I love the idea of setting aside some 'rainy day' objects that are a back up for when you've struggled to take photos during the day!

Thanks for sharing :-)
posted January 3rd, 2018
This is the start of my 5th year here and that is excellent advice from Humphrey.

My piece of advice:
** You are likely to take hundreds of photos and only one will make the daily post. Tag your photos if you use them for your daily shots (I use _potd-year_ eg _potd-2018_) or name the files in some logical fashion. Otherwise, you will come to the end of the year and will not be able to remember which ones you have posted, especially if you want to do a photo book retrospectively.

Otherwise, enjoy it, participate in the themes and get involved, this is a wonderful community!
posted January 4th, 2018
Welcome to all you new 365ers. My only advice is make this project your own personal project. Some people are strict about posting. I.E. photo 3 was taken on day 3 - and that works well for them. Others post each day but don't feel it has to be a photo taken on that particular day. Do what works best for you and you will be more apt to complete the year. Also, life happens. Sometimes we have to miss a day. That doesn't mean your project is over. Relax. Enjoy and have fun!
posted January 8th, 2018
@365karly1 Very well put Karly, I totally agree with you. It is a wonderful site and should be fun, not hard work :-)
posted January 10th, 2018
I write this in the hope that it has caught your eye and entices you to become a member of this community! I joined the group in January of 2010 and it has become my photo-home for learning, sharing and friendship. Within my local community, I'm that person who organizes photo walks and "shutterbug meets" with fellow members (see picture above of some of the Southern California group at the San Diego Wildlife Park! (We, ourselves, are clearly a part of that "wild life", and from being strangers, we've formed strong bonds of friendship!) Another time, we rode Amtrack to downtown LA

This past summer @pamknowler from England met us Californians and traveled with us to Newfoundland...

We'd met Pam during a 5-day photo meet-up arranged by Taffy @taffyr in Chicago that brought together -13- 365 photographers from England, Germany and the US

Joy @joysfocus from California, met us in Nova Scotia for a week where here, we toured the quaint village of Blue Rocks

My point is that you'll soon have an incredibly large portfolio of people and places to fill your daily needs, all the while honing your camera skills, learning about cameras from one another and getting to know people from around the world (plus the nuances of our daily lives).

Commit to spending a year with people who have a passion for photography and you may never want to leave! And don't forget to purchase your Ace membership to sustain the best photo site on the web!

posted January 12th, 2018
2017 was my very first year on 365 and honestly, I’ve never seen anything like this community. The kindnesses and commitment to help everyone learn and grow in our photography skills and knowledge is just amazing. 365 makes you see your world differently, there are photo opportunities everywhere! Under the “More” tab you can see all the photo projects and ideas everyone has, look at “Blog” and “Discuss” there for really helpful information and photography tips. Welcome to 365, you are going to have a lot of fun and meet some really great folks. Joining 365 and posting a photo a day may be the easiest New Year’s resolution you make!
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