Document Your Life & Improve Your Photography Skills With Shuttercal

0 shuttercal intro   Document Your Life & Improve Your Photography Skills With ShuttercalTaking daily photos is a great way to create a visual history of your life. As time goes by, you can look back at some of the places you have been and experiences you have had. On top of all that, you will get more use out of your camera and improve your photography skills.

The concept of sharing daily photos is nothing new. Nancy wrote an article a few months back featuring 4 great photo websites, and we’ve covered sites like DailyBooth in our directory. However, if you are into taking daily photos and think the idea of calendar-based photography is pretty cool, you are going to love Shuttercal.


In this article, I am going to walk you through the features of Shuttercal, highlighting everything that makes this website useful.

Introducing Shuttercal

I should point out that in Nancy’s article I alluded to earlier, Shuttercal had several favorable mentions in the comments. This tells me that a lot of people are already using the service and it is doing quite well. In fact, Shuttercal’s website states that they are “the world’s leading dedicated daily-photo website.” Whether this is true or not is still unseen, but I’ll let you be the judge.

Shuttercal’s website also covers the ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ associated with using the service, which I will attempt to expand upon here.

What Is Shuttercal?

In its simplest form, Shuttercal is a calendar.

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Upon first signing up for the service, you are taken to your MyCal page, which is your personal calendar where you can begin taking on your photography project.

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To get started, you just click on a day and you are taken to the Add Photo screen. There you can upload your photo for that day and write a small caption for it. You can do this for any day you want, so you don’t have to worry about starting in the middle of a month or anything like that.

Explore The Community

If you get bored or don’t know exactly how to proceed with your calendar project, you can take a look at what others in the community are doing with their calendars.

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Click on the Explore tab to see thousands of new photos added by the community. New Photos is the default view, but you can also see New Comments, New Users, Top Faves, photos by date added, and a random calendar with Random Cal.

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Click on any photo you want to see an enlarged version of it. Once you do that you can add it to your favorites, share the URL or embed the image, leave a comment, or share the photo on Facebook, Digg, or StumbleUpon.

Discuss Projects With Others

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One feature of Shuttercal that peaked my interest was the forum. This is where you can discuss projects and learn new things with the rest of the community. Discussions cover everything from general topics to Photo Talk, Projects & Meet-ups, Cameras & Equipment, Life, and Shuttercal-related topics like new features and tips & tricks.

Conclusion

If you’re interested up to this point you might want to check out some of Shuttercal’s premium features like the ability to print your project and produce shoe boxes, postcards, and such. There is also a premium iPhone app as well.

Will you be using Shuttercal to document your life with daily photos and improve your photography skills? Is there another service you’ve been using to accomplish this?

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31 Comments -

Yousef

I’m actually already doing something like this.

I started a blog where I post one picture of my niece once a day. Started in March of this year and I’m still continuing it. I’m using Tumblr because it’s pretty easy and fast to use plus I can queue up photos easily and use a custom theme, which I modified. And theirs comments too.

Check it out:
http://rimasaday.tumblr.com

Yousef

I’m actually already doing something like this.

I started a blog where I post one picture of my niece once a day. Started in March of this year and I’m still continuing it. I’m using Tumblr because it’s pretty easy and fast to use plus I can queue up photos easily and use a custom theme, which I modified. And theirs comments too.

Check it out:
http://rimasaday.tumblr.com

Waldir Leôncio

I would use this if it were integrated with Google Calendar.

Steve Campbell

Shoot them an email and maybe they’ll add it!

Waldir Leôncio

Good idea, just did that. ;-)

Paolo

As a satisfied SC member, I would like to add that “premium features” doesn’t mean you have to pay an annual membership (Flickr Pro) or anything like that. If you want a single postcard, you just go and buy it. Same for the “shoebox” which is actually a colorful box where you can collect and keep in order your months in pictures.
Viva ShutterCal!

Steve Campbell

Good points, thanks for mentioning in the comment!

Paolo

As a satisfied SC member, I would like to add that “premium features” doesn’t mean you have to pay an annual membership (Flickr Pro) or anything like that. If you want a single postcard, you just go and buy it. Same for the “shoebox” which is actually a colorful box where you can collect and keep in order your months in pictures.
Viva ShutterCal!

Miltos

I wish I could find the same web application for personal video recordings also.

Steve Campbell

If you find it let me know!

Miltos

Sure, I search for it for a long time…

Black Friday Deals

wow! this shuttercal is very cool. I’ll have an account in here for sure. I do love taking photos. another photo sharing site is http://piclyf.com, it’s cool too!

Steve Campbell

Nice! Thanks for sharing, Will!

Black Friday Deals

wow! this shuttercal is very cool. I’ll have an account in here for sure. I do love taking photos. another photo sharing site is http://piclyf.com, it’s cool too!

Black Friday Deals

Wow! this shuttercal is awesome. Im into taking pictures most especially in the food that i eat everyday and places that i’ve been to. another cool photo sharing site is http://piclyf.com

Saikat Basu

It sounds like a great way to create a small family circle and document everything through photos…these memories really can add up over the years.

Steve Campbell

Definitely! Documenting experiences is especially beneficial to the rest of your family, including those who haven’t been born yet!

Scott Harris

Steve, I think about how cool it would have been if my parents had a ShutterCal when I was growing up. I think about that all the time!

Steve Campbell

Don’t get me started lol