6 – daily practice with a 365 project


Practice, practice, practice, it does help. Some thoughts about doing a 365 project… do it with some friendly folks and notice how you see the world differently, how taking pictures becomes a habit, how your hands get muscle memory for your camera.

The wonderful Flickr group of TWIP Family listeners who I’m doing my 365 project with:


Jenny Stein made me do it. Her TWIP Family podcast:


Update! In November 2016 Jenny moved from TWIP to publish her own podcast “The Family Photographer” here:



Author: pauline

photog, dog lover, language nerd, lifelong learner, teacher, aged athlete, foreigner

2 thoughts on “6 – daily practice with a 365 project”

  1. Hi Pauline, I’m imageo from OZ.

    Apologies for not finding your podcast sooner. (and I’m working backwards through the episode). Thoughy you might like a couple of my thought (sorry if they sound like rants). The 10,000 hours or repeats is a bit of a myth. That many repeats might just give 10,000 crappy photos. You have to be able to see which ones are mistakes, and figure out how to fix or avoid them. Other can help you here (as long as they are not too nnegative). So the progression should be the first few thousand crappy but the next few thousand good and the final few thousands having some great photos. And I did hear you say that in slightly different way (rant one over)

    I totally agree good photos are really good seeing. You actually don’t need a camera to see better but spending time regularly walking around look at things and trying to see the good photos, is a great use of those 10,000 hours. I have really enjoyed being in the TWIP family 365 project (despite not be allowed to share family photos). I think it was been a wonderful supportive group. Importantly I have been noticing a lot of folk are “seeing” much better (rant two)

    The thing you noticed about HDR (and post processing RAW) are kind of still big secrets in the digital photography world. As great as digital camera are they are not as good as our eyes and we can see a broader tonal range than even the most expensive camera can capture (but even cheaper cameras or smart phones aren’t far behind these days). What happens is the automatic exposure will generally try to get the average of that range and you so often end up with a very flat looking photo (especially an unprocessed RAW photo can look very disappointing and often the jpeg will look better). Trying to get the photo to represent what you saw can be a challenge that involves you seeing (and remember) how the light appears, then different camera settings and perhaps post processing might be able to better represent the light. HDR (which I use a lot) is just one of the tools to help in high contrast situations. However getting the tonal balance is the right starting point but being happy that the final photo captures what you saw the secene is the “holy grail”.(third and final rant over).

    Enjoying these podcats, regards


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