After completing my 365 Project, I set myself a new challenge…
I started my rather daunting 100 Jumps Project, which I felt would push my creativity to its limits to really make each jump individual.
Jump #5 in 20 Minutes
I am having a lot of fun with this 100 Jumps Project and I am loving the challenge of composition, creativity and all the other photographic challenges which come with photography…
Today, we did Jump #5 in 20 minutes… not intentional, but pretty cool.
We made a quick decision to go out to this flax field (which is on its way to harvest “stage” as it is now very brown).
We left at 9.40AM, drove to the flax field, walked to the particular spot I had in mind, positioned ourselves and did the jump etc… we got back at 10.03AM
Total Time + Ratio of Photographs
Total time: 23 minutes start to finish (including journey, aprox 5 minutes).
Total amount of photographs: 80
Total worthy of processing/uploading: 6
Total to be uploaded: 1
For my Jump Project I am typically using the Canon EOS 1D Mark III due to its fantastic ability to take 10 frames per second.
My rough estimate is that a jump is about 1 second long, so for every “jump” I take roughly 10 frames (photographs). Sometimes 12 depending on how long I hold down the trigger.
So today I almost got 1 photograph for every jump attempt.
Working with Time
One of the many important things with photography is time.
I think 80% of photography is time sensitive. One of the hardest things is learning not to let time pressure you, while still being able to work under time-pressure.
Although we did have more free time than just 20 minutes, why prolong a photo-shoot when you know you’ve got the photograph you set out to get?
Something I got very good at during my 365 Project was working my 365 photograph, into my day, without taking up too much time. As the 365 project was every day, I couldn’t let it take up my entire morning, afternoon etc – this would make it entirely too difficult.
Although there were days when it did take a lot more time than usual, but those days were out of choice.
One of the questions I regularly get is:-
“How do (did) you find time to do your photograph every day?”
The more you do the more skilled you become at photography, and the less time it takes.
But you have to put in the time, to be able to minimise your time, like I did today.
How do I get “good”?
Although a 365 Project is difficult, and many find, hard to commit to, it pays off.
My 365 Project completely transformed my photographic knowledge and skill, and I don’t believe I would know what I know if I had not done it.
I could learn what I have learnt, but it definitely would have taken me longer than 1 year.
That doesn’t mean to say you have to do a 365 Project to be good. But it is definitely a quick way to do that.
I say quick, because a 1 year is really a short amount of time to drastically improve your skill, you also create a huge portfolio in a short space of time. I know many 365 Projects have also been the beginning of bigger things. Another bonus!
The biggest bonus is that you get hugely better at photography. I don’t think I know, or have seen any 365 project that has not improved during the year.
So it really is something to consider if you want to get serious about photography.
If a 365 Project is just far too overwhelming, then a short “full on” project is a great idea.
For example, if it’s summer you could very easily do a “My Summer Days” project which could mean taking a photograph every day from the first day of Summer to the first day of Autumn.
Just because a project hasn’t been created and done by others, doesn’t mean you can’t do it!
Your new Motto
Whatever you do, the most important thing is: commitment.
Without commitment, you won’t get very far.
With commitment, you will go a long way, any athlete will tell you that, because that is essentially their motto and it most certainly applies everything in life – including photography.
Get to know “Manual Mode” on your DSLR
This is another one of the things I really recommend doing.
“Manual Mode” gives you ultimate control over the result of your photograph and will quickly improve your photography.
If you don’t know where to begin, read my Photography Tips eBook.
Photography Tips eBook is a beginner and amateur guide to photography, your DSLR and more importantly “Manual Mode”.
Inside Photography Tips eBook you will find me. I talk you through everything I know and have learnt, as if you were standing beside me and I was teaching you.
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The last thing I need to mention is the start.
Have you ever celebrated a new year, and set yourself a New Years resolution?
Many do… but 95% of people give up a few weeks into January. Some don’t even start their new goal (resolution).
Are you part of the other 5%? Are you going to start, and complete your goal to improve your photography?
I don’t start anything I can’t finish – and I set myself pretty big goals.
How do I complete my goals? Well the first thing I do is start.
Then I take baby-steps.
No matter how difficult my goal is, I keep taking small steps. I won’t stop trying, if I do that, the goal becomes 10x harder.
If I don’t know what step to take I ask someone who is more knowledgeable than I am.
So if you are trying to improve your photography, make sure you
start your goal, then take baby-steps… and if you get stuck and don’t know what to do, email me.
Starting is the hardest bit. Once you’ve done that, the next step is easier, and the next step… and the next step.
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I look forward to hearing how you go, and receiving your emails and questions!
Until next time… Happy Snapping!
– Olivia Bell