1 Second Everyday

I’ve tried several times to do ‘one photo a day for a year’ projects and could never do it, it was exhausting to try shooting something fresh every day. When I saw the 1 Second Everyday app in the movie Chef and then again as the inspiration for the Disney short The Feast, I knew I should give video a try.

I captured 1 second everyday of our family life for a full year! That’s 365 days! You guys, it’s such a cool way to remember and look back at your life. I didn’t bother waiting until Jan 1 – I started on July 23, 2014 the day I first heard about 1 Second Everyday – 1SE app (.99) on itunes. 1 Second Everyday is a video diary app that’s better known for helping you watch your babies grow up. You just select a video for each day, trim it to a one-second clip, and the app gives you.

The team behind 1 Second Everyday. At 1 Second Everyday, your story is our passion. We're a small distributed team across the world who want to help you live life to its fullest. There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life - how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of. 1 Second Everyday actually has made my life better and it’s done so without really having to do much of anything at all. The idea is just as the name implies: one second of video, every day.

It was difficult to remember, there are so many times I kicked myself that I forgot to get a second in an amazing moment or with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, but it really made me appreciate those moments even more whether I filmed them or not.

Try to remember what you did last Tuesday, or the first Tuesday of last month. Chances are you can’t. My memory isn’t great and this is a wonderful way to journal a year. I missed some days every now and then or had to use a photo as a substitute for video, but on the whole I feel like I was successful and it was a fulfilling project I would highly recommend. I’m going to start another one, right now!

1. Seeking the good

Recording one second every day required me to always be on the look out for something good to film. Similarly to the exercises described at the 11 minute mark in this TED talk, 1 second every day was a way to show gratitude for moments throughout the day and actively seek them.

2. People

Favor recording the people you’re with, not just places or things. There are better photos of wherever you are with a quick Google image search, but the people you’re with on that day are the most important and unique aspect of where you are. It’s a great conversation starter and a way to show appreciation for being in their company.

3. Sound

Sound is just as important as the video. A lot can be said or heard in one second, so think about it if you’re with a group of people give them something to say or do to add to the experience. I recorded several minutes just to capture the moment Die Antwoord says ‘Chattanooga!’ at 3:18, then just select that one second from that video.

4. Lock it in

I can’t tell you how many times I told myself, now’s not a good time, I’ll wait and get the second in a minute. It never happened when I did that. If you remember to take the second, then do it right then! Interrupt everything and get it otherwise you’ll forget!

5. Light

To re-emphasize the last point, try to record your second early in the day as a safety. The video on most smart phones is terrible in low light so late at night isn’t a good time to try and record. If it is at night, find somewhere with the most light to record it.

6. Play

I think it would be interesting to do weekly themes, like what you ate for breakfast, only film red things, but just have fun with it and experiment within this format.

7. Backup

Get a Dropbox account, or use Airdrop (for Mac/iPhone) to transfer a compilation. DON’T email yourself the video. It compresses it and the quality is terrible. At least monthly, export a compilation and save it! Also, the 1SE app does save clips of the video you choose inside the app so you can delete video from your ‘camera roll’ after you choose it within the app, but make sure you have a backup first!

8. Small Moments

One of my favorite clips is the lady bug wings sound. Many small moments like that is what fills most days and it’s always fun to capture them, take inspiration from the beginning of the movie Amelie.

9. Camera Work

Don’t do it. Keep the camera as steady as possible, I tried a camera move in the first couple of days and knew a compilation of one second camera moves was not going to be clear. Keep it simple, frame subjects as clearly as possible so it’s a quick read for the viewer and move the camera sparingly.

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We hear it all the time: “I don’t know what to record” or “My life is too boring.” We know the idea of recording snippets of your day-to-day life can feel daunting, but we want to assure you, it takes one second at a time to build a habit and at the end of the year you’ll have time capsule, a snapshot of where you were during this time.

So we put together a list of 100 things that you can capture. Use this for inspiration, follow along exactly, or come back here when you’re in a “second slump.” Not every second needs to be Instagram or wow-worthy. What feels mundane today could be precious to you in the future. And at the end of 365 days, we believe you’ll be glad you stuck with it. Future you will thank you.

Around the House

Whether you’re stuck in quarantine or hiding out from the weather in your jammies, here’s a list of things you can capture without leaving the comfort of your home.

  • The calendar
  • Making a cup of coffee or tea
  • Cooking a meal
  • A finished meal, ready to eat
  • Making your bed
  • Your front door
  • Your bedroom door
  • The view out every window
  • Sitting in your favorite chair
  • Watching Netflix or other streaming service
  • Lighting your favorite candle
  • Your closet
  • Your desk
  • Chores
  • Playing video games
  • Biting something crunchy
  • Opening up the mail
  • Doing a popular dance move
  • Putting on glasses or sunglasses
  • Puzzles and board games

Outdoor Activities

When you do venture out into the world, here are a few things you do or capture while you’re out.

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Campfires
  • Bicycling
  • Pedestrians
  • Traffic passing by
  • Gardening
  • Outdoor chores like raking the leaves or shoveling snow
  • Running
  • Your own feet as you walk
  • Picnics


Whether you’ve got a new puppy or you’ve just come across the old neighborhood tomcat, pets provide many folks who use 1SE with some of their most precious moments.

  • Walking your pet
  • Giving a pet a treat
  • A pet doing a trick
  • A quiet moment petting or cuddling your pet
  • A pet running toward the camera
  • Giving your pet a bath
  • Remember, pets can also be fish, birds, mice, or a whole host of other animals!


Self-care is important! Don’t under-appreciate the time you take to make your own life better, healthier, and happier.

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  • Styling your hair
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Doing homework
  • Makeup
  • Nails
  • Your favorite outfit
  • Working out or exercising
  • Closeups
  • Measuring your height
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Selfies!

Loved Ones


Whether you live with them, or are far apart, there are plenty of ways to capture special moments with the people you love.

  • Family being family
  • Laughter
  • Video calls
  • Saying “hello!”
  • Telling someone you love them
  • Giving a hug
  • High fives, fist bumps, elbow bumps
  • Holding hands
  • Silly faces
  • Family traditions
  • Smiles
  • Someone seen through a drinking glass
  • Hidden talents (yours or someone else’s!)
  • Kids saying something funny
  • Kids playing
  • A child’s growth chart


Want to really get away from it all? Get out into nature and keep an eye out for these things.

  • Sunrise
  • Sunset
  • Clouds
  • The moon
  • Birds
  • Bugs
  • Other wild animals
  • Trees
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • The weather

Media and Technology

We’re all part of the giant web of humanity – capture a glimpse of it next time you dive in.

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  • A news article
  • Listening to your favorite song
  • Buying something online
  • Popular memes or social media posts
  • A Tiktok or other video you loved
  • Typing something on the computer
  • Screenshot a funny or meaningful text
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Get artsy with it!

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We’re all surrounded by so many things we don’t usually take the time to notice. If we are able look at ordinary things around us in a new way, those things can become really extraordinary.

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  • Shadows
  • Doodles
  • Power lines
  • Wheels
  • Writing your own name
  • A scar
  • Cars, trucks, or motorcycles
  • Zoom in or out on something
  • Pan the camera left or right
  • Move the camera up or down
  • Dance!
  • Show off a skill
  • Record your own artwork
  • Record a personal project
  • Do some journaling
  • Last but not least, try creating a series over the course of several days. Write down the colors of the spectrum, and try to record something from each of those colors each day. In a few days, you’ll have your own rainbow of experiences!

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