January Photo a Day Challenge

>> Sunday, December 30, 2012

January is a perfect time to join the Photo a Day Challenge!!

Yes, this is 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 since the middle of March and today will be my 290th day of posting a daily photo. I'm getting a little excited about reaching the full year mark. 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, January is a perfect time to start. It's not hard and you can participate in so many ways. Looking back through my photos after a few months is fun and turns into a bit of photo journal with all the little daily memories both small and significant that end up being included.

Every month Chantelle posts a list of subjects or prompts for each day of the month. Chantelle's post about January'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:

January Photo a Day
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How to play!

Playing along with photo a day is super easy:
♥ Check out the January photo a day list.
♥ Each day look at the daily prompt and take a photo according to whatever the prompt is. For example for day 1 the prompt is TODAY. As it’s New Year’s Day some might be sleeping off a hangover, others might be fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions. Take a photo of what it is you chose to do on the first day of 2013.
♥ Once you’ve taken the photo it’s time to share it. There are loads of places you can share it. See below for more details.
♥ Check out other people’s photos. You can browse through them on my Facebook page. Or on Instagram or Twitter just search for the #FMSphotoaday hashtag to see them all.

Where to play?

There are loads of places to be social and share your photos with the #FMSphotoaday community:

♥ Instagram: Just upload your photo, use a fancy filter, add a caption and the hashtag #FMSphotoaday and then share.
♥ Facebook: There are a few options here. You can simply share on your own personal page, among your own friends. Or you can upload to my page’s wall, or I’ve created a Facebook group for 2013. You can join it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FMSphotoaday/
♥ Blog: If you have a blog, you could share each day or do a wrap up of all the photos at the end of the month.
♥ Tumblr: Add your daily photos to your Tumblr feed.
♥ Flickr: I’ll be playing around more with Flickr in the New Year. You can get their app {for free if I remember correctly} and share your photos there, or upload on their web version. We also have a photo a day group here.
♥ Twitter: You can share on Twitter by uploading the photo and sharing the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. Easy.


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 of my Photo A Day photos in a calendar format. I think this is my favorite way to scan through my past photos and this is the format that ends up feeling like a bit of a journal of my year in photos. If you decide to use Shuttercal, be sure to let me know or link up with me there.

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 have to have a perfect shot. That helps me to just relax and have fun with it. Even with the photo promts that are repeated it's fun to try to come up with something different. Sometimes a prompt that was used a couple of months ago can spark a totally different meaning depending on my mood or circumstances that day.

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 Dedember Photo a Day Challenge. Click on the individual photos if you want to see a larger version.

something you held
December 3rd - something you held
looking up
December 5th - looking up
stars
December 7th - stars
outdoors
December 15th - outdoors
makes you feel merry
December 18th - makes you feel merry
something that begins with
December 19th - something that begins with "s"

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