Last year I wrote an article in the newsletter about the 365 project that a number of us had started on. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, you set a personal challenge to take at least one photo a day for a whole year.

While initial interest was high, so was the attrition rate, and by the end of 2011 only Brian, Helen (who has just joined the club) and myself were still shooting.

Through the benefit of Facebook this little group was also expanded to include several other shooters from other clubs around the region. We have met twice for dinner to discuss how we are tackling the project. Last month we met and several of us have converted our photos into photo books. It was amazing to see the diversity of the images that had been taken.

When I wrote the original article I said that one of the advantages of the project was that it forced you to try out different types of photography and particularly that it will stretch you in areas where perhaps you do not consider you have a knack.

That was certainly the case for me. I would freely admit that I mainly like shooting people and events but when I broke down the images I had taken I discovered that the range was much wider. In fact I shot xx landscape shots when I don’t particularly like landscapes.

For me the major advantage is the fact that by forcing yourself to think of taking something each day, you actually challenge yourself to get better with the photos. What they say “that practise makes perfect “is absolutely true. The images below clearly show this. It is essentially the same subject shot a year apart. The image of the left was shot on 26 January 2011 while the one of the right was shot on 10 January 2012.

So I urge anyone to give it a go. And for anyone who says that they don’t carry a camera all the time I would challenge you on that. Most people have a camera on them at all times in the form of there cellphone. Five of the images in my 2011 set were shot with my phone and I very much doubt any of you could pick them out.