Tomorrow is August 1st so that means it’s time to talk about the Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I started this daily photo challenge back in the middle of March. Since then I’ve seen many of my online and face to face friends join me in the fun. This is my montly reminder about the challenge and chance to encourage you to give it a try if you haven’t. It really is a lot of fun and even more fun with people you know,

Every month Chantelle posts a list of subjects or prompts for each day of the month. This month Chantelle’s post includes some extra ideas if any of the prompts have you stumped.

This is the list for August and Chantelle’s instructions:

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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 #photoadayaug} 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.

My choice is to participate in this challenge using only photos from my phone. Between Instagram and a few other photo appilications I have lots of options for editing photos on my phone. I have enjoyed seeing 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 now using ShutterCal too. You can see all my Photo A Day photos in a calendar format.

One of the great things about this is the flexibility. For me, using only photos from my phone takes a lot of pressure off for the photos to be perfect. 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. 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 July Photo a Day Challenge. Click on the individual photos if you want to see a larger version.

July 1st – self-portrait
July 12th – texture
your addiction
July 17th – your addiction
July 18th – plate
July 20th – eyes
July 23rd – mirror