Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008: The year of Photography

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let everyone know that my Project 365 on Flickr is officially complete! I posted a new photo every day, for 366 days (since this was a leap year) in a row to my Flickr Project 365 set.

It was fun but painful at the same time. I cannot tell you how much I learned about photography and myself over the past year. Having to come up with a new photo every single day, for 365 days in a row, causes you to really dig into your creative self to come up with something. My goal at the beginning of 2008 was to (obviously) complete the Project 365 but to also become more efficient at off-camera lighting.

In the last year, I have read countless books, the Strobist blog, and taken over 18,000 photos! I have to admit though, there were quite a few photos I posted to the Project 365 group that I am less than proud of. Some days, I really just didn't want to take a photo, but would buck up and come up with something. Sometimes, I felt like the Project was really tapping my creative juices, but on the flip side, it also forced me to look at things that I probably wouldn't have photographed otherwise.

It also led to me creating a new group on Flickr, Louisville Strobist. My love for strobe lit photography has expanded much more rapidly than I would have imagined. I have David Hobby of the Strobist blog to thank for this. Before discovering his blog, I was hesitant to use flash because I did not like the results I was getting. Learning how to use off camera flash has opened my eyes, and creativity to a whole new world of endless possibilities. Now my lust for photography has grown even more and I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can churn out in 2009.

Not being part of the Project 365 group now, I think, will give me more time to really concentrate on my craft and to taking more quality photographs. I will miss the Project, but man-oh-man, I am so glad to be through with it. It really took a lot of my free time to get through this, but all-in-all I think it was worth it.

If you'd like to see my Project 365 set on Flickr, you can do so by clicking any of the Project 365 links in this blog post, or you can simply sit back and watch the embedded slideshow of the last year's efforts. But be warned, its 366 photos long! Honestly, I don't know that I could sit through that!

See you in 2009!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

May the force be with you!


Anonymous said...

Congrats on your completion of your project and the new Louisville Strobist group! Happy New Year!

Jenn Lee said...

Congratulations hon! I have to say if it wasn't for your Project365, I probably wouldn't have gotten into photography to this degree myself! Thanks to you, I have found a new passion and you inspire me to reach further with my creativity on a daily basis=)