If I want to take good photos of my trip I’ll need to practice my photography. I’ve been having trouble motivating myself for it, but then I found 365project. The idea is to take a picture every day, but you can do it however you want. Then other people in the community can comment on your photo and give you advice and encouragement. The discussion forum there has a critique section if you want a particular photo critiqued and a tips and tricks section, both of which look incredibly useful. The most useful to me, however, is the themes and contests forum. Here they have contests focusing on different skills, from settings to editing to a specific object you have to capture. They also have themes like macro Monday. Even if you don’t win the contests, it can allow you to get more feedback. The more you are involved in the community, whether through the contests or commenting on other people’s photos, the more feedback you can get.
Personally, I’m not editing my photos at all because I don’t want to spend the time on it during my trip. 6 hours a day of bike riding, managing this blog, and keeping up with my music and art will keep me plenty busy, and I have to remember to relax and just read a book sometimes too! I’m going to try to get a lot of landscapes since I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities for them on my trip and I want to get some of my hometown that I can make into thank you postcards. I also want to focus on portraits, which I’m bad at, and close ups of animals and plants. That said, I’m really enjoying taking some more mundane pictures as well, and it will all improve my skill.
If you have an account there or would like to join me, go to http://365project.org/hjordis/365