February Photo a Day Challenge

>> Thursday, January 31, 2013

February starts tomorrow. That means it time to talk about Photo A Day.

Every month I post a reminder and try to recruit more of my friends to participate in rhe Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I've been doing this daily photo thing since the middle of March and today will be my 322nd day of posting a daily photo. That one full year milestone is just around the corner. It seems like every month more and more of my online and in person friends join in. I love seeing everyone's photos and how creative folks can be with the daily prompts.

Any day is a perfect time to start. Heck, I started on March 16th, It's not hard and you can participate in so many ways. Looking back through my photos after a few months is fun and it's turning out to be 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 February's list includes some extra explanation and ideas just in case any of the prompts have you stumped.

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

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How to play!

Playing along with photo a day is super easy:
♥ Check out the February 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 FORK. Now… forks are boring right. Well, it’s a great opportunity to get creative. Go out to a cafe for lunch and take a photo of the table there. Or take a snap inside your cutlery drawer. Be inspired by a little creativity and see what you come up with. You could even take a photo of a fork in the road… let your imagination take you away!
♥ 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.

To keep this simple I only use 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.

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

I'm also really enjoy 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 don't overthink it. 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.

movement
January 5th - movement
street
January 7th - street
water
January 11th - water
two things
January 16th - two things
stripes
January 24th - stripes
through
January 28th - through

2 comments:

Bookfool 2/01/2013 2:24 PM  

I would really love to return to doing the Photo a Day challenge but I think I'd better focus on my night photography lessons, for now. Well, that and bird photography. We've started feeding birds on our deck. Ohmygosh! What crazy fun!!! We started out with just a few birds and it's like they called all their friends, relatives and enemies. Fights are even occasionally breaking out. It's a hoot.

Anyway, have fun with the challenge! I love seeing your photos.

SuziQoregon 2/19/2013 9:08 PM  

Bookfool - I hope you do get back to doing the Photo a Day thing sometime. I really have a lot of fun and most of it is from seeing what my friends photos look like.

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