365 Photography Projects to Try in 2020

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Want to challenge yourself and try new things for some inspiration? Try a 365 photography project and grow your skills as a photographer.

2020 is around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about your goals and resolutions. Have you considered trying a 365 photography project?

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Accomplishing a 365 photography project in 2020 could be the perfect project to keep you engaged in your photography in the new year. Completing a project daily is a great way to stay inspired, create unique work, and challenge your photography.

Working on a 365 photography project you want to share? Upload it to Shutterstock as a collection so customers can find your work as it progresses through the year.

What is a 365 Photography Project?

A 365 photography project involves taking a photograph, every single day, for a full year. It could be a general photograph of anything you are surrounded by, or you can choose to focus on a specific theme or genre in an area of your photography that you’re hoping to improve.

365 photography projects exist to push your creative boundaries and help motivate you to seek new experiences that may improve your work.

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While the idea of a daily 365 photography project may seem simple, you may unexpectedly find a new passion for something you wouldn’t have otherwise tried. In the following blog post, we’re outlining a few ideas that you can take on for your 365 photography project in 2020.

365 Photography Project Idea: Black & White

Challenge yourself to shoot one black and white image a day. That doesn’t mean editing a photograph you’ve shot into a black and white picture.

Instead, shoot a meaningful black and white exposure. Think about the light, and the depth and dimensions in your imagery. Study the work of black and white photographers such as Ansel Adams and understand what they do to their images to create impactful photographs without color.

365 Photography Projects to Try in 2020 — The Black and White ChallengeImage by Ranta Images

365 Photography Project Idea: Colors

This is a great one for Instagram or Tumblr, and it’s easy if you don’t have a specific subject you’d like to shoot. You pick one color each month, and then shoot with a focus on including that color in every single photograph.

So for example, if you select blue your photographs for that month might have a lot of water, blue facades, and blue jackets on your subjects. Check out our 2020 Color Trends for some ideas on colors to try.

365 Photography Project Idea: One Subject

This works fantastic if you have a pet or a partner who is willing to be your subject. Try shooting one subject, every day, for all of 2020 for this 365 photography project. Change the environments, themes, and props that you use to photograph them to make each shot unique.

This challenge is a great encouragement if you are looking to diversify your portfolio, and practice shooting a wide variety of genres and themes. With the single consistency of one subject, you can compare and contrast how each shoot you designed changed the look and mood of the photograph.

365 Photography Projects to Try in 2020 — The Singular Subject ChallengeImage by New Africa

365 Photography Project Idea: Self Portrait

Similar to the single subject, a self portrait project is another great way to push your creative boundaries. This is a great project if you are a fashion photographer or portrait photographer, to learn how your own body moves and how manipulating a model can drastically change the photograph. This is also a great project if you’re trying to get better at using tripods, or if you’re simply trying to step up your portrait game and want to practice.

With long-term projects, especially ones that involve shooting every single day, you might get bored or feel the need to quit half way down the road. Here are a few tips to keep you going if you feel like giving up!

5 Tips on Completing a 365 Photography Project

Tip #1: Always have a camera with you

We’ve all been there. You have the perfect scenario, but nothing to capture it with. Whether you are using your iPhone or DSLR, always make sure you have something to capture every opportunity.

Tip #2: Share your images

By committing to post every day to some public channel on social media or a blog, it’s a great way to hold yourself accountable to posting those images consistently.

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Tip #3: Create a schedule

Planning for your 365 photography project is a great way to keep yourself on track. Try to create a routine or schedule around your project, so that you are prompted daily to keep on track.

Tip #4: Accept that you may miss a day

There may be days when you forget to take a photograph for your project, and that is okay. Things happen. You can always take two the next day!

365 Photography Projects to Try in 2020 — It's Okay to Miss a DayImage by Bisual Photo

Tip #5: Remember why you started your project

Your 365 photography project is a fun exercise to help you improve a skill in your craft that is a goal, not to stress you out. Have a clear vision of what your goal is at the end, and think about it as you progress through your project to re-focus.

A 365 photography project doesn’t have to begin on New Years. You can start one whenever. If you are feeling like you are in a creative rut, or need to focus your craft on something to challenge yourself, a photo project can be a great start.

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