Happy New Year!

by bilbaroo on Jan 1st 2019

Header and thumbnail image credit goes to @kjarn

Happy New Year 365ers!

It’s no secret that the New Year is one of our favourite times of the year!

We can’t help but reminisce about past adventures, cherishing all the amazing memories that have been recorded on 365 project throughout 2018. While looking back with fondness, we’re also met with excitement and curiosity for what 2019 has in store for us all!

Most importantly, we’re celebrating for everyone completing their first, second, third, or even umpteenth year, as well as welcoming lots of new faces who are ready to join in on the action!

Whatever the time of year, we’re always excited to help new 365ers adopt a new hobby, improve their photography skills and find a wonderful community of like-minded shutterbugs scattered all over the world!

To help our new, and not so new, 365ers kick start their 2019 project, we’ve hand-picked our eight favourite photo-journalling 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. Make 365ing Your New Hobby

Unlike some of the more typical ‘New Year Resolutions’, starting a 365 project shouldn’t be a chore or feel like another burden to tick off on the weekly to-do list. Instead, we want to help you discover a fun new hobby, which has the potential to bring so much joy into your life.

While some days will be easier than others, it can help to remind yourself of the great things you’re signing up for:


  • You can decide what photography skills/styles to focus on. Maybe you want to take better portrait shots of your kids, capture the beautiful birds in your garden, or nail sunset and landscape shots on your travels. The possibilities are endless!

  • You can decide how much to invest in equipment - photo journalling is a hobby that can be just as fun with the camera on your Smartphone as it is with high-end lenses and gear.

  • You can control how much time you spend 365ing. Taking a photo every day can be as quick as documenting your daily outfit/breakfast/dinner/workout every day, or as involved as going on photo-walks to set up a perfect shot everyday - or a happy mix of the two! Just work out what suits you best.

  • You get to look back and enjoy the memories you’ve captured forever!

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. For extra clout, include WHY it’s so important to you, for an extra dose of motivation.

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. Stay on Top of Uploading

Staying on top of your uploads really takes the stress out of the project. With a daily reminder set for taking a photo, also think about when will be convenient to upload each day. Top tips from the community are to upload while commuting home on transit, watching your nightly fix of Netflix or just before heading to bed.

Remember, 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’ll only have to add a title and quick description.

If you like uploading from your Smartphone 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.

4. Share 365 with Friends

Like many projects, starting a 365 Project 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.

5. Introduce Yourself to Other 365ers

Now and again members of the 365 community reach out with the most heart-warming letters of gratitude about how they have made new friends and become a part of a the community.

We’re a global community of friendly, passionate shutterbugs - and now you’re one of them! The best way to get stuck in and meeting new friends is by introducing yourself via 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, why they decided to start a 365 project and what they hope to gain from it.)

As well as getting involved in challenges and themes you can also follow 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!


6. Break Your Year 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!

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.

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

Better still, you can let us do the thinking for you and have fun with the official 365 Theme challenge, or one of the community lead challenges, where a word or phrase is set and 365ers around the world take photos to fit the theme before sharing them. It’s a great way to keep your project fresh and exciting, while also pushing your comfort zones each week.

7. 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!).


8. Find Extra Inspiration

Make yourself comfortable with the Browse area of the site, where 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!

You can also search for tags - to find inspiration when you’re learning a new technique, focusing on a specific subject or going to a new place.

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

Happy Snapping :-)



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