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    Posted: 12 December 2020 at 10:35
Project 250 - This is an alternative - year long - shooting or blogging project I've been planning and considering for about a year.  It might be of interest for those thinking about doing a 365.  The idea here is to shoot or publish 5 photos per week for 50 weeks starting in January (5x images, 50x weeks = 250).  This is an alternative to the 365 and "52 weeks" projects.  

You can either shoot 5 days each week or only at the weekends.  With a bonus mid-week shoot when it suits you.  And you can mix-and-match your shooting day/s to fit around non-photo life.  Harder in some ways for the weekend shoots as you need to produce a portfolio of 5 images in one go rather than just one frame.  But 5 complimentary images or a 5-image photo essay can also work better than a single frame.  This may also produce better stand alone images than the 365 daily version.

It has the same overall idea of a 365 - living photography - putting photography into part of your daily routine.  And also has a focus on editing your selection rather than showing 20 photos from one day out.  Becoming your own picture editor.

Project 150 is the same idea but a commitment to 3 images per week.   

The year has 52 weeks of course, but here you can have a week or two off (even though you might forgot to pause) ... the idea is to treat 250 (or 150) as a minimum framework.  For some reason Project 260 (52 weeks) and Project 156 (3x 52) don't seem to sound so rounded?

Suggested start day would be Monday 04 January 2021 as the start of the first full week of the year.

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An example of how a Project 150 could look:
1x shot per week - an image from the archive (images must be over 1 year old)
1x shot per week - an indoor photo (perhaps a still life or macro shot)
1x shot per week - an outdoor photo (a weekly photo walk?)
You would set your own framework of three things there but still aim to produce 3x images a week
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Some example themes that can be rolled in:  Throwback Thursday (the archive day), Macro Monday, Mono Monday, Mobile Monday, Wednesday Walkabout, Film Friday, Family Friday, ((Phone Friday (?))), Caturday, and The Sunday Selfie ... I'm sure there are others (especially in other languages).  Feel free to throw in other topics that have a catchy M/T/W/T/F/S/S letter word, hopefully Facemask Friday would run out of steam in 2021?
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For those people looking to combine a blogging project with a photo project (me):  Movie Monday, Music Monday, Thursday Thoughts, Weekend Wine ... etc.
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The Oktoberfest and week50mm projects still fit in.  They both run on the idea of one image per day, you'll just over-deliver with 31 or 7 images.  

Would be good to see some alternatives and bolt-on suggestions in reply.

Edited by dCap - 28 December 2020 at 19:57
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I'm still thinking of a 365 project, but I like the more relaxed pace of these alternatives -- there are other aspects to our lives that I need to attend to, right?! I can imagine a 365, pic-a-day, becoming a giant grind.

I think the simplest variation would be Project 52, an image a week for the entire year. However Project 150 the way you have constructed it sounds right up my alley ... I get to dig into my archives, plus two fun projects per week. Not bad!

I will noodle on this, but Project 150 sounds very reasonable -- I get to continue to home my skills, but not get crushed by self-imposed pressure.
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All great ideas dCap

As mentioned in one of your other threads doing a 365 or even 250 is probably too much for me.

On the other hand your ideas have made me think about what challenges I will put on myself to keep making photo's. I find having a photographic goal makes me go out on my bicycle and explore new areas as well as new ideas for photo's.

My current thinking for 2021 is as follows:

-1- keep partcipating in "random shots" with a daily pick from the archive of previously posted images
-2- process one additional new/unposted image from the archive and post that in a "themed views" topic
-3- participate in day prime
-4- participate in the April/July/Oktober monthly challanges
-5- participate in week 50
-6- ensure at least one day prime or other challenge photo per week is suitable for a 7,11 x 3 crop
-7- in weeks without day prime and/or challenge still make sure I take at least one photo suitable for a 7,11 x 3 crop

I think that will keep me going, and -1- and -2- will only work on days that I have enough opportunity to spend a little time at home behind my computer. -6- and -7- are new because of all the ideas you've shared here, so thanks for that.


EDIT, forgot two more, which are both much more loose timing wise:

-8- I'm certain we'll do "another year with Meyer" but since those shots are usually about funky/bubbly background bokeh
      I'm not sure any of these shots are particularly relevant for a 7,11 x 3 crop.
-9- Film challenge


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A 365 is an enormous commitment, especially when you factor in some edit and post time. And this simply doesn't fit in with a lot of people's lifestyle. It can also have negative impact on your desires to shoot. Finding that balance is what I'm shooting for here.

Some additional thoughts:
- one photo per a week from a smartphone (but edited on the phone too?)
- weekly wallpaper (vertical composition with a phone)
- posting archive images on the day they were shot

I also like the idea of a non-January start (but still once a week) title but cannot think up a catchy name. I know I'll take more than a year to finish my archive. Trying to picture a series of weekly projects that start and stop through the year once complete. Example - I have a coin collection and that would naturally stop in about 70-80 weeks I think. I would then want to start another weekly series. Perhaps hunting for a name/label for the project isn't useful?
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I know I'm struggling to get back to my editing/sharing mojo - have the time and enjoy shooting - but I 'need' projects to put some wrapping around it.

Project 250 is pretty much the summary of what I'll be doing with a couple of website ideas. I love the catchy 'Wednesday Walkabout' tags, but perhaps 'Weekly Walkabout' is smarter. Mono Tuesday doesn't work in my brain - but having the shot done on Tue/Thu and then posting on Monday does [mono Monday].

Same with Macro Monday. Dropping an image into the socials or a theme thread on the day is a lot easier than shooting/editing on a set day. When your online buddies are also doing the same thing works well for feeding off each others ideas and inspiration.

My 366x was fueled by a bunch of people all doing the same, and we had 'flickr group roulette' which is as bonkers as it sounds (one new person would get to nominate a theme for the day ahead, participation was optional but it sparked MANY ideas, especially as we got just one day's notice of tomorrow's topic).
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Great ideas, but I am hesitant to pick up 'obligations'.
What I like about Dyxum is that you can join the club when you want and when it suits you. That's why I joined here and not al local photoclub.
Nevertheless I see myself shooting and posting frequently, and also developing and exploring new things in that way (Meyers, Projection lenses, IR etc). So I am looking forward to your contributions, but won't step in (yet?)
To be honest I have considered 'a year with Rokkor' after some acquisitions last year.
 



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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Great ideas, but I am hesitant to pick up 'obligations'.
What I like about Dyxum is that you can join the club when you want and when it suits you. That's why I joined here and not al local photoclub.
Nevertheless I see myself shooting and posting frequently, and also developing and exploring new things in that way (Meyers, Projection lenses, IR etc). So I am looking forward to your contributions, but won't step in (yet?)
To be honest I have considered 'a year with Rokkor' after some acquisitions last year.


This is probably more on point than you may realize. While I find the vulgar nature of the socials (IG/twitter/etc.) to be quite a put-off. With effort and tailoring and time they can be fun places. But I DO miss the social engagement that I got in here and on flickr.

I was active on flickr in its prime time (2007-2009?). I was there 2008-2010/ish when people began to flock to this new thing called the face something or other (which I've never joined). Before that I was active here 2005-2008.

I have been dipping into the photo theme threads in here and like what I see. It is a select group. I saw a viewed of threads today that gave me ideas and places I could post pictures to.

And Dyxum is a part of my next camera buying decision. It is still my home forum even though I'm currently only pretending with an RX100.

I also love the fact that week50mm and Oktoberfest still run in here (and the April fool-ishness and prime days and other such things I've not been here for) ... I gots to go get some an alpha-something and play with y'all.
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Fred, I totally agree about adding obligations ... our photography should be fun, not drudgery.

For me, a Project 150 flavor sounds great since one of the variations that dCap outlines includes a weekly archive shot. I have been meaning to organize my Lightroom catalog -- adding keywords and ratings, etc -- maybe I can fold this into my routine, like healthy eating and exercise! My LR catalog is a mess. And, I think I can add a couple of more new shots a week, on average.
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hi @ADub - yes the set of concurrent 'project 50s' or weekly things (which I'd still like a jazzy name for) are a super similar alternative to the 365.

I have some non-photo blog projects that fit into this 'once a week' idea well too. Can still provide the 'challenge' of a 'must shoot my project'. But it is 'at some point this week' rather than TODAY (everyday)!!

I'm working on a non-software approach to my tagging too. I've never used LR to tag images, which is good since I stopped using it. But I do like the idea of finding stuff via tags. So, my archive project (2005-2020) is all about them tags.

My solution will be two-fold: spreadsheet (file name, date, five rows of tags) ... and i just search 'flower' until I find the shot I was thinking of.

Part 2 is that I'm gonna delete the majority of my old files. I don't shoot family memories, so my cut will be: good enough to go onto my website (yes = keep), (no = delete it then). My website will be a quicker way to navigate my tags and will replace any off-line or rented catalog app. Designing in html too (rather than the easier/better Wordpress) so i can switch to mac or linux if I feel like it and not be baked into any company program (when I was mac they dumped one app I used with zero exit strategy, and on PC I've used 3 web design apps which has also all been abandoned ... helps me go olde school and HTML is pretty simple).

Edited by dCap - 15 December 2020 at 13:35
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@dCap ... I'm locked into Lightroom for now, worried that they will dump the Classic version one day. I'm not necessarily a fan of Adobe's subscription model. I just use the most basic editing features and an old version of Lightroom would probably be fine for me. But the $10/month I spend is less than than cost of film and processing back in the old days.

I agree with you about all of the orphaned software out there! Google bought and then later dumped my favorite photo organizer, Picasa. Apple dumped Aperture ... I never tried to use their standard Photo app ... maybe I should, but I want the flexibility to be able to switch to Windows (which Lightroom allows!). Yes, Apple left the Aperture folks hanging!!

I put images into folders using a "YYYY-MM-DD Event" naming convention, but that's not enough for me to find stuff quickly. So, for now, Project 150 will include an organizing element to my project. Like you, I should probably dump a lot of my outtakes/bad shots.

I have a couple of weeks to narrow the scope of things -- but, I will make sure the Dyxum Postcard Exchange and Week 50mm stay on the table!
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I've already signed-up for the 2021 postcard challenge

I'm gonna go through the pain of re-editing my images. Which to some might sound awful, but I only really slide a few things and all my LR edits were global to the whole image. I'm a fan of very light editing (although I do drain almost all of the color at times). I'd like to develop my processing skillz and while I've deleted a lot already I have a mountain to re-check. My target is to live with 3x 256GB externals when external SSDs fit my price point. I'm 1.2-1.3 TB today (lucky I don't shoot video).

Part of the reason to re-do is that I've got no online portfolio today (deleted flickr this year). Flickr and Abode have been good warning signs - I do not believe either of them should be free. But I don't like either company's approach. I started with LR v1 but stopped upgrading after version 4.something I think, nothing they added was something I wanted or needed.

The other part of my edit do-over is that I now do not like 3:2. I'm sure a lot will stay as 3:2 as I compose to the viewfinder. But I spent so much time on m43 that 4:3 is me now. And Jan 2020 I switched to square, then half-a-365 on my RX100 from Jun-Dec was all square. I want to review my archive with flexibility in mind and while my 2005-2018 were all shot to fit the viewfinder (3:2 and 4:3) I'm aiming to make 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, and 16:9 edits.

Plus some 21:9 specific shooting for 2021 (there is a thread about that).
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

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This is probably more on point than you may realize. While I find the vulgar nature of the socials (IG/twitter/etc.) to be quite a put-off. With effort and tailoring and time they can be fun places. But I DO miss the social engagement that I got in here and on flick.


Agree completely, this is the most social platform for photography. On IG all I get is some likes and some comments that it's "a good photo".

Here, people are more social, and some very wonderful people, prepared to make deeper comments. Or just chat about photography interests.

I think that more than the lens database is the draw.
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I couldn't have said it better! That's why Dyxum is my home for photography
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Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

Fred, I totally agree about adding obligations ... our photography should be fun, not drudgery.

For me, a Project 150 flavor sounds great since one of the variations that dCap outlines includes a weekly archive shot. I have been meaning to organize my Lightroom catalog -- adding keywords and ratings, etc -- maybe I can fold this into my routine, like healthy eating and exercise! My LR catalog is a mess. And, I think I can add a couple of more new shots a week, on average.


Exactly, and this is what makes a Project 150 appealing. One of my past problems has been simply the demand of the international projects, which requires a big chunk of traveling time (because NZ is so far away from most places). And when I'm in these spots, there's often too much going on to take photos. Or it's really risky. Nonetheless, the hangover from Covid19 means no international travel next year. 3 pics a week sound doable.
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