What is a Project 365? Why You Should Participate! (+ Apps to Help)

This past week I told you about the Project 365 Talk at The Motherhood, but I never really explained what a Project 365 is all about. We discussed the Project 365 at the Talk and The Motherhood posted a recap for those who were unable to attend

What Is A Project 365?

You may have heard the term, Project 365 and wondered what you need to do every day for a year?

Take pictures of course!

A Project 365 involves taking one picture every day for an entire year. I first heard about a Project 365 from the Photojojo website.

 Photojojo! We find the best photo shiz anywhere

Why A Project 365?

Now you know what it is, but now the why.

It started as a way to improve your photography skills by practicing every day. The more pictures you take, the better you will become.

Photos of my daily life!

I always see it as an opportunity to document the little things in our lives. When taking a picture every day, you become more creative with your subjects. Instead of always photographing the big events like birthdays and holidays, you begin to capture the small things like your pantry and dinner.

Project 365 january
Taking one photo a day for 365 days.

In 20 years, those shoes that your kids always leave in the back hall that drive you crazy, will bring you to tears. Don’t forget to document those daily moments.

My Project 365

I have participated in a Project 365 for over 5 years. I am not fanatical about it. If I miss a day or two, that’s ok. It has become such a natural part of my life now that I don’t really think about it anymore. My family doesn’t see me taking pictures of everything anymore.

project 365 digital scrapbooking layout
Week 4 digital scrapbooking layout of my 2012 Project 365.

When I started, my biggest problem was remembering to take a photo every day. I tried sticky notes, but they just started to blend in with the space and I didn’t notice anymore. Then I discovered a Project 365 app for my iPhone that sent me a daily reminder.

Project 365 Apps

There are so many tools available to make participating in a Project 365 a bit easier.

photo-365 ipad iphone project 365 app

Photo-365 for iPhone & iPad –  Send you daily reminders and shows the pictures on a calendar each month. ($ 0.99)

daily mugshot android iphone project 365 app

Daily Mugshot – Daily Mugshot is great if you want to take a picture of a person every day. You can set up reminders so you don’t forget. (Android, iPhone, Free)

photo365 windows 7 phone project 365 app

Photo365 for Windows 7 – Shows pictures on a calendar and share directly with Facebook. ($1.49)

daily photo android phone project 365 app

Daily Photo for Android – Shows the calendar, but no reminder. (Free)

Why Use Phones?

Our phones have become awesome tools for the Project 365 because we have the phone with us so much of the time. Now that the camera on our phones are getting better, it is one of the best tools available.

Let’s Talk About Project 365!

Have you heard of a Project 365 before today? Ever take part in one? Plan to in the future?

Big Picture Classes

About Michele

A 40-something geek trying to juggle 4 kids, digital lifestyle blog, husband, running, living a healthy lifestyle and still find time for digital scrapbooking. Love Lifestyle Technology, Social Media, Fitness Gaming, Diet Coke, Running, PC & Mac Geek, Reading, Beach and anything with Glitter or Bling! I am addicted to learning and self-help books.

6 thoughts on “What is a Project 365? Why You Should Participate! (+ Apps to Help)

  1. It didn’t cross my mind that Project 365 can improve photography skills, I only thought about gathering memories. 😀 What can I say – I’m a family type of guy

    1. It’s like with anything, the more you do it, the better you get. Plus I find that when I’m taking pictures every day, I start experimenting more with the different settings on my camera and different lighting.

      1. Oh, we’re on the same page, Michele! 🙂 I like to try different settings/things too. It’s boring to do the same thing over and over again.

  2. I didn’t jump in to do a 365, but they’ve always intrigued me. And back in July, I started clicking daily, using @FatMumSlim’s photoaday challenge lists with themes for each day. It’s turned out to be a lot of fun! :>

    Thanks for the app headsup…didn’t have any idea they existed!

  3. Hi Michelle
    I I will be honest I came to this post as I hadn’t heard of a project 365. I think this could be such a good idea for parents with new burns as this would take the right through to the trying to walk or crawl and would take in so much when things are changing so quickly. Then it is something you can give to your child once they have grown up.

    Great heads up thanks lee

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