I did it. Well, almost. I missed a few days here and there, but I’m proud of myself to have 342 of the last 366 days of Kennedy’s life. Sometimes it was rather tedious. But, I am very happy with the finished product. One year ago I never would have imagined that my little baby who couldn’t even sit would be this walking, talking, stubborn, curly red haired big girl. I’m truly happy to have this project to look back on.
As a photographer it made me think outside the box. It made me get creative with limited resources. My iPhonetography has improved 100% in the past year. There were times I was sad I didn’t have my big camera on hand to capture a lot of those everyday moments. And there are amazing photographers out there that do a Project 365 with their big cameras. But, that’s just not for me. I feel so tied down by my big camera sometimes. My iPhone is always on hand so it’s easy. And when something is easy I follow through.
For those of you who are thinking about starting a 365 Project here are some tips:
1) You don’t have to start a 365 Project on New Years Day. You can start it whenever you want. Starting it on New Years Day is convenient, but don’t feel limited to starting it at the beginning of the year.
2) Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. There were days when I simply didn’t feel like taking a picture. Or I was out of town and couldn’t take a picture. If you miss a day move on and keep going. Don’t fake it with a picture that isn’t from that day. Stay authentic.
3) Make sure you use a hashtag for your images. Search the hashtag you’d like to use first to make sure someone else isn’t using it. This will come in handy later and will also allow people who follow you to look back on all the images. My hashtag for Kennedy was “366daysofKennedy” (it was a leap year).
4) I found that I put less pressure on myself if I took the daily picture in the morning. Most of the time I would wait to Instagram it until later in the day so if I took a better picture I could use that one. I just liked knowing that I had something and didn’t feel pressured to get a shot all day.
Now, what am I going to do with all of those images? First, I’m making a book through Artifact Uprising. I’ve never used them before, but they have Instagram specific book, price is right and I love their site. It’s an easy to use interface and I don’t have to design it in Photoshop. Yeah! A 60 page book with all of my images cost less than $50 (with shipping) and took about 30 minutes to make. I’m excited to get the final product (and will be sure to write a review on it when I do!).
Second, I’m making a 40×40 collage. This one I am doing in Photoshop. I was originally going to print a poster through one of the Instagram printing companies, but I wasn’t able to put the images in the order that I wanted and I know that would drive me crazy. And making a collage in Photoshop really isn’t that hard. It’s as simple as making a contact sheet! Here are the easy steps:
1) You will want to have all of the images you want to use in one folder. I used Instaport to import my Instagram images. This is where having a hashtag comes in handy. I can import all the images with a certain hashtag (look under the ‘advanced’ settings) and they will save them in the order that they were taken in. SO much easier than importing them through iPhoto!
2) In Photoshop go to “File”, “Automate” and “Contact Sheet”
3) Under “Source Images” you’ll want to find that folder where all of your images are.
4) Decide what size you want your print to be. I did a 20 x 20. If you are going to print it make sure you have the resolution at 300.
5) Then you need to decide how many columns and rows you want. I went with 18 columns and 19 rows because that was the closest to a square I could get with the amount of images I had.
6) Click off the “font” option under “Use Filename as Caption”. If you don’t do that the file name will be under each image!
7) When you use the contact images to make a collage with this many images it’s going to take a lot of power from your computer. Make sure you close all other applications before starting this and just let your computer be while it creates the collage. Hit “ok” and walk away for a few minutes.
8) Once the collage is done I created another 20 x 20 document. I wanted a little room around the edges (just personal preference). I simply drag and dropped the collage onto the new document.
9) I then resized the collage to allow for a little room around the edges.
10) I added the year and then sent it to print!
For 2013 I am going to attempt to do a Project 365 with Brayden. I contemplated not posting the first picture yesterday because it’s going to be much harder than Kennedy. He’s the hard one to photograph. But, I am going to try. We’ll see if I’m successful!
PS If you’d like to follow me on Instagram my username is drewbphoto.
PPS If you’d like to know what apps I use to take pictures with my iPhone please read this post.