Project 365 with iPhone – now GA!

On May 27th 2011, I started the Project 365. An image a day, for 365 days. It’s now complete! 🙂

AND, it’s with iPhone4!

Mainly because I don’t own any other camera. But also to check how often we can get by with just a mobile camera. 🙂

All the pictures are available here. (Am planning to change the P365 blog layout to show thumbnails instead of full size pictures, for easy review of all 365 at one go. Please bear with me and browse through pages meanwhile.)

Don’t miss some interesting comments and discussions on few of those photos!

If you’re wondering, Project 365 is a self-imposed photography assignment which needs a photo be clicked/ an image be made every day, for 365 consecutive days. Of course, for feedback and motivation, upload somewhere and share it with like-minded.

Most prefer to start on New Year’s Day, but doesn’t matter really, as long as you count 365. Or, whatever number you plan to hit. 🙂

Few noteworthy points:

  • About 95% of the photos are clicked using iPhone4. Very few times I used an SLR/ other cameras (for eg., while travelling, when the iPhone has no recharging options).
  • I posted 364 pictures. One day, iShattered my iPhone and though I clicked a pic or two, didn’t consider it for the Project. The P365 camera that made this project possible needed a moment of silence when injured!
  • All the images are not photographs (of course!). Some are snapshots, a couple are screenshots, and there might be a graphic or two.
  • I used Lightroom to process about (roughly) 70% of the pictures; Photoscape for 25% of them; Photoshop for 4% may be; and the remaining 1% might be iPhone directly or could even be MS-Office.

Lessons learned:

  • You don’t need a powerful, big, SLRs all the time to capture moments and make photographs. While a mobile camera will have its own challenges, it’s just fine most of the times.
  • Keep an LED torch handy! My Eveready INR 99 torch was the lighting source for most of the photos here! 🙂
  • You don’t always need to get a perfect shot the first time. Keep clicking; practice helps you to get there and capture what you intend.
  • It’s not as easy as you might think to make an image every friggin’ day, for 365 days!
  • You make some terrible mistakes and create disasters, and that’s OK!


Thanks to everyone who took time to check out the pictures either on my P365 blog or on Facebook notes.
Thanks to everyone who added comments and ‘Like’d the pictures.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback about my work; some sugar-coated and some hit hard in the face, but thanks!
Thanks to all my models/ subjects! 😛
Thanks to all those who asked ‘Where is today’s pic?’ everytime we ran into each other. Worked as real motivation!
Thanks to my photographer friends (Bharani, Sajjad, Suresh etc.,) for lending their equipment when needed and being there to discuss ideas when needed.

Now that I’ve been very good all year and successfully completed the project, who’s going to buy me an SLR? 😛 😀

Project 365

P365 site on iPhone. Looking kool, eh?


Take a photo a day.

All year. 365 days.

Normally, such projects are started on New Year’s day; kinda New Year resolution I guess. But, what the heck?

After pondering over it for a long time, I’ve finally decided to get on now. What if it’s not Jan 1st, let me start 365 days from today!

So, there’s this setup now.

Ya, a new location just for the Project 365 stuff.

You can grab the RSS feed, subscribe to email or bookmark it and check everyday. Your preference!

You can also click “Project 365” link on this blog to get there. See on top? Along with Home, About and stuff? That’s the one!

If we are friends on facebook, you will also see my images everyday in your News Feed. Posting it there as Notes. I actually created a separate page on facebook too just for P365 but looks like it’s not working as expected. We’ll see.

Add me on facebook.

I would prefer you check out the daily image on P365 blog itself as I designed it to be clean and black. Also, on facebook Notes, image kinda looks small 🙁 And all that stuff around which I consider a little distracting. But as I said before – your preference!

Please do add comments to pass on your feedback. Because, this project is not a show off! It’s a legitimate learning technique. Either you add feedback/ comments on facebook or the P365 blog, am pulling all of them to blog for the record. Ya, that’s working now.

Oh, by the way – my camera for now is iPhone4. Most of the images you see will be from this device which also doubles as phone and many other things for me. So, it’s kinda always available for me to take pictures. If the ‘learning for the day’ is a post processing thing (for example, adding stuff in Photoshop), I might use an old picture too for that day clicked by a different camera.

All in all, let me get started with this. I’m excited!

If you got something to say, drop in a comment for me.

Update (May 26th, 2012):

Project 365 is now complete! View the pictures here.

Once in a while, let’s lock the computer!

“Looks like somebody is hardly working today!” *wink* –  a comment I overhear every once in a while at work. That is a well known sarcastic snip at the regular ‘hard-working’ style. This comment came up again when a couple of colleagues were having a friendly chat the other day. More often than not, I guess that’s the leg-pulling conversation starter to chat up with someone. And the reason for the snip? – the computer was locked and yet the individual was at the desk indulged in something that does not involve using a computer (flipping through some documentation, perhaps? or, organizing some thoughts, prioritizing the tasks for the work day ahead, or preparing for a meeting?)

Let me quote another familiar example. This one because am actively [back] in the training domain. 😛 How many of you attended training sessions where the slides were overflowing with content? And yes, I am referring to the instructor led trainings, and not the CBTs (Computer Based Trainings) or the Self-paced training modules off your corporate LMS catalogs. More often than not – in such cases – you will have an instructor available, but only to read the content off the slide. (For the benefit of doubt, on a lighter note, if there is so much content on the slide, obviously the font size will be small and you NEED someone to read it! ;)) However, what am trying to say is, if that’s all you need (slides), am sure a classroom training isn’t the ideal way. The presentation slides, or any props for that matter are to help/ enhance the experience; but that’s not ALL of it! They should be used subtly as necessary for support or emphasis but the discussion or the instruction is the actual “training”. I attended many such sessions where the slides WERE the training, and I wasn’t pleased. Use tools as tools. Dot.

And back to the usage of PCs: Aren’t those just tools to get our work done? While most of the stuff we do needs a PC (for people like us in IT, ITES etc), isn’t there anything we can do offline? Nobody uses a paper and pen these days to review notes from a training or a meeting? I do use PC all the time, not just at office, but at home too! First thing I do when I get home is switch on the computer and the last thing I do when I step out is turn the PC off. Moreover, am always either trying to automate stuff, or connect all devices (say, iPhone) in someway or the other so that they ‘talk to each other’ for information exchange, control etc. What am trying to understand is- is it possible to break this routine at least a little bit and accomplish our tasks otherwise? Let me see- I already moved a dozen books to my office pedestal. I will try not to use the PC for at least 30 mins every day and spend time either reading, researching/ learning through discussions, networking etc. (networking with people, not PCs and routers). If nothing else, let me lock the computer once in a while and take a walk!

Oh by the way- at work, personal email is not allowed through the network (I use iPhone for gmail), social networking is blocked and user permissions does not include any installation rights for fun. And am not pleased with this either. 🙁 However, all the more support to implement the ‘breaking-the-PC-routine-plan!’

How many hours do you spend in front of the computer everyday? If you got any ideas to break the routine, please let me know.

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