Your 365 Project will become whatever you make it. Maybe you want to take a photo a day to document a year of your life, the highs with the lows, the mundane alongside the madness. Maybe you want to improve your photography skills by setting yourself challenges. Maybe you just want to share your photos with a community of fellow enthusiasts and find out what they think of your images.

Here anything goes, but along with a camera you will need the following:

  • Inspiration

  • Motivation

  • Organisation


Whether you choose to follow a theme or not, the important thing is to have plenty of ideas to keep you picking your camera up. See what your fellow 365ers are up to, and keep checking in with our blog, we are always sharing creative ideas - take a look at these some we wrote earlier:

365 Project Ideas - how to think outside the box and an A-Z of ideas!
10 Photo Projects To Do Before You Die - other projects are great inspiration for 365ers
Night Time Long Exposure Tips - a how to guide for capturing light trails

Also, take part in the weekly theme, it might be a chance to try your hand at something different, and take your photography to new territory.

As well as having a list to work though, default shot ideas can be enormous help, keeping you snapping even when your creativity is running on empty. Remember the important thing is to take the photo, it does not have to be a masterpiece every time!

If you are out of ideas, why not make your default shot:

  • A Selfie

  • A picture of whatever is in front of you just before midnight

  • The contents of your fridge

  • Your dinner

  • The view from your window

Keeping the default shot consistent could well become an interesting addition to your project, documenting the days where you were forced to take a shot, no matter what.


Know what you want from the project, and keep your goal in sight. You may have joined the 365 Project to better your photography skills, or to document your life. Whatever you goal is, keep reminding yourself by:
  • Putting a note on the fridge, or on your computer

  • Setting a daily alarm on your phone

  • Telling friends, family and colleagues about it

Motivation can be the toughest part of a long term project like this – but remember the tip to ‘Keep Your Eye On The Prize’. It is quite normal for 365ers to feel disheartened at some point, whether it is within the first month, or halfway through the project. Just think about why you are doing it and how you will feel after posting your 365th photo – a huge sense of achievement!


Organisation is key, and a good routine will help you succeed! In What is a 365 Project Ross shares some golden rules for getting started, I also think they are vitally important to help you stay organised.

Take your camera everywhere! No camera, no picture!

If your organisational skills have let you down and you have found yourself without your camera, take a photo on your phone, or even someone else’s - remember that the important thing is making sure you take that picture!

Don't wait to post your images, get them uploaded within a day or two.

By uploading your images regularly, the task will seem less daunting and less time consuming - plus, if you update regularly, your followers will be able to see what you have been up to ad follow your progress too.

Start with a theme, to keep focussed and make it easier to remember to take your photo.

Carry your list of inspirational ideas wherever you go – you never know what might inspire your next shot somewhere new.

Don't stop, remember the goal and how good it will be at the end.

Even if you do miss a day, it is not the end of the world, keep at it and don’t lose heart.

Have you just started your project? Have you been going for a while? Why not share your inspirational, motivational and organisational tips in the comments below!

Photo's courtesy of Lesley Chisholm, Shailesh, Cathy Breen, Pictor and Sarah

January 17th, 2013
Oh fab. Love the idea of the default shot! Might pick one or maybe two of those ideas. I'm coming up to the start of year three now and I'm feeling optimistic, but I know it's going to be quite a slog. I'm currently in the midst of writing an achievable photography bucket list... I'd suggest that.
January 18th, 2013
This is really inspiring! I learned a lot! Glad I have my 365project!
January 18th, 2013
Good post Ross, we all need a bit of a push at times :D
January 19th, 2013
This is good for me. Thanks for sharing it :)
January 19th, 2013
love this! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
January 19th, 2013
Thanks for the guide. It has definitely opened up a couple of options I did not even consider. I plan to start my 365 in the morning... on my birthday so it sets the stage of what I will look forward to. Thanks again!
January 19th, 2013
This is Great and Came Just In time for me! I just finished my first Year and Loved it! I do suggest the Monthly Themes as they were so helpful to me and actually made the year just fly by!! Would do it all over Again! Oh..that's Right I already Am!! lol :P ...Thank you so much Ross!! :)...Starting year 2 in a little slump..this artical has already inspired me! :)
January 19th, 2013
Thanks for a really timely article as I gave a slide show presentation to my former camera club last night all about how great the 365 has been for me, and think that many of them may be inspired to join up to the 365 Project, so I will link them in to this helpful advice!
January 19th, 2013
@ellimae I'm nearing the end of my first ever 365 days of photogrpahy and want to acknowledge the inspiration and friendship you gave to me along the way. I'll be back later on in the Spring...
January 19th, 2013
Wow, this is GREAT thanks so much.
January 19th, 2013
A default shot is a great idea, now to choose one :0/ Article is full of useful stuff to tickle the grey cells. Thanks for posting it.
January 20th, 2013
This is great info, really great ideas - thanks !
January 21st, 2013
Great post! I came to this site after participating in a monthly photo a day challenge (Fat Mum Slim from Australia) for 6 months. I had so much fun taking a photo every day and learned SO much. Now I want to further improve my photography skills.

If you need ideas or motivation, find a monthly list of topics. If you are stumped, check the list and just keep going. And do NOT get discouraged by all of the talent on here. Use to inspire not perspire. ;-)
January 23rd, 2013
This is a fabulous post for folks starting out 365, lots of great tips and ideas in here - I'm going to share this. Thanks for posting!!
January 23rd, 2013
Thanks! Great timing as well, I was just thinking about starting again today. :)
December 28th, 2013
A default shot for when you're low on inspiration is a great idea!
I might have to try that rather than think I need something new and amazing each time!
September 22nd, 2015
I am in the latter quarter of my fifth year & I do find routine helps. I post usually the same time & it gets to become just part of that time of teatime does. It's part of mine & my families life now & a great diary of my daily comings & goings.
February 18th, 2017
great advice!
Good luck to everyone starting hiw own 365 project!!

Right now i'm on the frst month of my second year or 13th month :)
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