It’s hard to believe but I’m getting closer to a 1000 photos taken and published day after day. 1000 days. 1000 photos.
I already posted an article about how photography projects helped me get out of my comfort zone. But this time I want to get a bit more personal. I’m going to tell you how 365 project impacted my everyday, private life.
I learned about myself
Taking photos every day painted a bigger picture of who I am. Take a brief look at my 365 project and you’ll immediately see where do I spend most of my time, who do I spend it with, what I’m interested in and what I enjoy doing besides taking photos.
I’m not a famous blogger nor am I a music star. My life is not a TMZ front page material. And that’s perfectly fine. Sometimes the highlight of my day is getting a pizza after work. Or release of a game I’ve been looking forward to playing.
Life is not always exciting. There are days when absolutely nothing worth mentioning happens. And that’s fine. My 365 project is how my life looks.
I know how to use my camera
When I posted my very first photo I had absolutely no knowledge about photography. I knew how to change the lens and how to turn the camera on. That’s it.
After taking daily photos for almost 1000 days straight I can honestly say I know everything about my camera. I know what it’s capable of and what its’ flaws are.
I know what aperture, shutter and ISO are and how to set those up to get the perfectly exposed image. I can now use manual mode instinctively.
I know what filters are and how to use them to change the look of my photos. I know what focal length, sensor and full frame are. And I also know why I don’t need a full frame sensor.
All this knowledge and experience came to me after just few weeks of daily photo taking. I didn’t read any books about photography (I know I should).
I see how fast time flies
We all think we’ll live forever. That every year is such a long period of time, and that we have so many more years to live. But one year is only 365 days. It’s a bit less than 9000 hours. And it’s just 52 weekends.
When I browse through my photos from last couple of months I see how my life changed during last few weeks. Each year is just few pages of photos. It takes just few clicks to see my whole year.
When I started my first 365 project I had a girlfriend. After scrolling few pages my girlfriend suddenly becomes my wife. Few more clicks and first photos of our son show up. I’m almost 30 now. Those 1000 days is 10% of my whole life. Ten percent!
I’m creating a legacy
There’s a story behind every single picture I took. I wrote a short comment under each of the photos. Each pic was taken for a reason. And I remember all of those reasons. For every single one of those 1000 photos.
Every year I’m going to print a photobook. I’m going to have a special shelf for those photobooks. I’ve already got my first book. I really like when my wife takes it and smiles with every photo she sees. She also remembers most of those moments.
And in 40 years I will show all those 40 books to my grandchildren and tell them stories about some of those photos. And it will be awesome.
I captured moments I would’ve missed
Few weeks ago my wife called me to take a photo of her and our son. It sounded like there was a unique moment happening right there and then. I ran upstairs leaving my camera downstairs.
Actually, I left one of my cameras downstairs. To be honest, there’s now a camera in pretty much every room in our house. I went upstairs, grabbed whatever camera there was and without thinking too much I captured another unique moment.
It would have been gone if the camera I left downstairs was the only camera I had. It would have been gone if I had to think about setting up the shutter speed or the aperture.
Besides all those great experiences I got when running my 365 projects I think there’s actually one downside of daily photo taking. Photography is addictive. And so is buying new photography gear.
I recently bought a tiny little compact camera, so I can have it with me even while running upstairs ;)
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