December Photo A Day

>> Friday, November 30, 2012

Yikes! Tomorrow is December!!!
Well that means it's time for my regular monthly reminder and recruitment post about rhe Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I've been participating in this daily photo challenge for eight and a half months now and today will be my 260th day of posting a daily photo. It's been fun to have so many of my online and in person friends join in to participate in this. I love seeing everyone's photos and how creative folks can be with the daily prompts.

If you haven't tried it yet, December is as good a time as any to start. It's a good chance to try it out and see if you want to try giving the full year of 2013 daily photos a try.

Every month Chantelle posts a list of subjects or prompts for each day of the month. Chantelle's post about December's list includes some extra explanation and ideas just in case any of the prompts have you stumped.

This is the list for November and Chantelle's instructions:

December Photo a Day
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Joining the photo a day challenges is super easy and just as much fun! The first rule is, there are no rules. It’s all about being creative and just getting involved. Everyone is welcome to play along. Yes, even you Aunty Nancy.

Questions previously asked by photo-a-day photo-takers

What on earth is this photo a day?
Each month I reveal a list of daily prompts. All you have to do is use any camera you have {iPhone, Smartphone, Digital, DSLR, Polaroid … seriously anything that captures photos} and use the daily prompt as inspiration. For example if the day one prompt is ‘peace’, just take a photo of something that represents peace to you.

Why would I want to play?
Did I mention it’s fun? It is. It really is. It makes you take a little time each day to stop and take notice of what’s around you, as well as be a little creative. There’s also a rockin’ community of photo-sharers that like and comment on each other’s photos. Oh, and Pink {the singer, not the colour} played along in June. All the cool kids are doing it.

How do I share my photos?
This is the fun part. If you’re into sharing, then you have a few options. Just share to whichever social media platforms you like. The photo a day community is shared across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Blogs, Tumblr and more.

If you’re sharing on Instagram or Twitter – make sure you use the monthly hashtag {ie #photoadayjuly} so that people can find your photos.

If you’re sharing on Facebook, you can share on your personal page, on your business page {if you have one} and/or over on my blog’s Facebook page. You can find it here.

I like to be nosey. How can I see other people’s photos? Please.
Once you’ve shared your own photo, why not check out everyone else’s pics? Check them out on the social media platforms mentioned above. Like them, love them, leave comments and enjoy being part of the photo-a-day community.

My dog was sick. I lost my iPhone charger. And I forgot to take a photo yesterday. What do I do now? Am I failure?
Never. Photo a day is all about having fun. So you skipped a day, so what? It doesn’t mean you have to fall off the photo-a-day bandwagon completely. You can either just pretend yesterday didn’t happen, or you can take two photos in one day. If you skipped a whole week, then just decide whether you want to make up some days or just start on the current day. Remember, there are no rules. By the way, I hope your dog gets better.

I choose to participate in this challenge using only photos from my phone. Between Instagram and a few other photo applications I have plenty of options for editing photos on my phone. It's fun for me to see what I can do using just my phone and apps. I highly recommend Snapseed. It's a bit more than I usually pay for an app but it's got some amazing editing options.

If you’d like to check out my previous photos they’re on my Tumblr blog at at Whimpulsiveness

I'm also now using ShutterCal too. You can see all 260 of my Photo A Day photos in a calendar format.

The most important thing to remember about this is the flexibility. For me, using only photos from my phone makes it low pressure so I don't feel like I ahve to have a perfect shot. That helps me to just relax and have fun with it.

I have created a Google Calendar for those who would like to have the daily prompts in their google calendar. Here is a link to the Instructions for subscribing to that.

If you've been participating I hope you'll continue or give it another try if you've gotten out of the habit. Please let me know where you are sharing your photos so that I can find them.

Here are a few of my favorites from the November Photo a Day Challenge. Click on the individual photos if you want to see a larger version.

a favourite thing
November 6th - a favourite thing
reflection
November 7th - reflection
the view from your window
November 16th -
the view from your window
work/play
November 19th - work/play

sky
November 25th - sky
big
November 29th - big

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