A Good Calendar
Don’t wait until January to order a calendar like I did last year. By the time the Day Designer had arrived I was already 9 weeks into the project.Also I ended up never using it, required way too much time for me.
Consider the size of your calendar, I suggest one you can stash in your bag so you can jot notes on the go. I ended up using my trusty Gallery Leather (Large Monthly) Planner and added Life In Session week numbers circled every Sunday. Also, get your weeks straight (turns out I was a week behind last year) you can use this 2015 numbered weekly calendar and then transfers those weeks to you paper calendar.
Favorite Editing Apps
When I take my photos I try to edit them on the spot, if I don’t have time I will make time Saturday morning. I typically stick with 2 apps, sometimes 3.
- Afterlight the new Wander pack is cool for people who want to push the editing further.
- VSCO CAM (I buy all the presets, the C “Chrome” set and A (Analogs) are my most used.
- Google’s SnapSeed they haven’t been adding improvements so its falling from fav but its still THE BEST for spot editing.
- One more .. PICFX for playing around with vintage looks.
- oh and Hisptamatic how could I forget my all time fav. app for food – use LOFTUS lens with DC film (below)
Afterlight (Rainier filter)
When I edit the photos I upload them to DropBox. Some apps you can save directly from the app to DropBox, like Afterlight. Under Save & Share TAP >> Other Apps >> Scroll for the one you want. Tip: tap and hold the app, that releases it from its current position, drag and drop in the order you want it to appear (image 3.) You can also save the small version 800×800, this is perfect for blogs, helps reduce image load time which can significantly affect your site.
Here is my DropBox filing system for my Life In Session project last year (tap on photo to enlarge) ..
This way I can access my photos from any device that is synced with my Dropbox account. This is the only way I can easily transition from working at an office to home, I store EVERYTHING in the cloud. For 9.99 (or $99 a year) you get 1 TB with the Pro account – more info here about Dropbox (referral link) 😀
From there I can easily access all my photos in one click on WordPress.
Evernote – I bought the Evernote Moleskine it comes with 3 months premium membership, so I am determined to start using that again to keep me organized. The cool thing with the paper journal is that I can take a photo with my phone, make a digital copy which is automatically uploaded and added to one of my notebooks.
Another nice thing to have are memo books and or a small accordion folder like these
to save bits and pieces, I call them memory jaunters. I find that these thing, like movie theater stubs for Interstellar help jaunt the ol’ noddle and bring me back to that space should time lapse and I postpone publishing. Which brings me to my last tidbit. You will fall off the wagon at some point so don’t beat yourself up about it just get back to business of getting it done. When I took a month long break, I didn’t try to back post I just picked up where I left off and carried on, adding the missed weeks in when I could. Trust me no will notice but you, that’s an internal battle you are going to have to fight with yourself. Take it from me, its better, creatively if you keep moving forward allowing for pauses along the way.
Keep it simple
The one piece of advice that I didn’t adhere to. I let myself just type away when it came to the weekly recaps. Some weeks I had lots to unload others I just filled space with photos, but for the most part I just purged as I usually do. Like the tagline says, a rough draft of my thoughts. I know many people do a photo and a comment and that works well. You could even do something as simple as a grid gallery. I add those when there are too many photos pilling into one post. Picmonkey web app is great for that.
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