Tomorrow is January 1st. That means it’s time for my monthly reminder about Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-A-Day. The beginning of a new month is always a great time to join in or give this another try. The beginning of a new year is an excellent time! This is really a lot of fun and quite addictive. I posted my 655th daily photo yesterday. I’m at the point where I’m in countdown mode to two full years of daily photo taking

January 2014 Photo a Day
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Every month I do a reminder and review post about Photo a Day. There are two parts to this monthly post. One is to recruit more of my friends to participate and the other is to share my favorites of my photos from the previous month. The Photo a Day Challenge is hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I’ve been doing this daily photo thing since the middle of March of 2012. I like that more of my online and in person friends seem to join in every month. It’s a lot of fun to see everyone’s photos and how creative folks can be with the daily prompts.

It’s really not that hard and you can participate in so many ways. The flexibility is what makes this so great. Now that I’ve done this for nearly two years it’s become a bit of photo journal and scrolling through my photos is a fun reminder of something that happened or caught my eye at some point each day.

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

Here is the short version of Chantelle’s instructions:

HOW TO PLAY PHOTO A DAY

Playing photo-a-day couldn’t be easier. It really couldn’t. Here’s how to play:
♥ Grab your camera or phone or photo-taking-device.
♥ Look at the monthly list to find the prompt for the day. {The number corresponds to the date of the month}.
♥ Take a photo using the prompt as inspiration. So for January the prompt for day 1 is ‘lunch’. So take a photo of your lunch, or people having lunch, or whatever you’re doing at lunchtime {which might possibly be lying on the couch recovering from the night before!}.
♥ Now you’ve taken a picture, it’s time to share it. This is the fun part. You can share to whichever social media platform you like, for me I like Facebook and Instagram best, oh and Twitter too. Make sure you add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday to your caption so people can find you, and others know what you’re doing.

If you’re sharing on Facebook, you might like to join our Facebook group. It’s a big, lovable community of photo-taking-people. Click here to find it.
♥ Now you’ve shared, check out other people’s photos. You can check out the #FMSphotoaday hashtag on Instagram or Twitter to find them all. OR look at the Facebook group. It’s nice to comment and get to know other photo-takers too. We’re a friendly bunch.

WHERE TO PLAY

I’ve touched on this above, but there are loads of places for you to upload your photo-a-day photos. Here’s a bit more details:

♥ Instagram: Just upload your photo, and 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 to the FMS Photo A Day Facebook group. You can join it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FMSphotoaday/ Now that Facebook has hashtags, simply add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday when you share your photos and you’ll be able to see which of your friends are playing along too. It’s cool!
♥ 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: You can get their app 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 keep this easy and low stress. I only use my phone for taking the photos. Between Instagram and a few other photo applications I have plenty of options for editing photos on my phone. It’s been a lot of 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 enjoy using ShutterCal too. It gives me several ways to review my daily photos. Monthly collages or scrolling through them all. It’s a bit of a visual journal. 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. 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 work to hard and make this difficult by overthinking 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 prompts 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. Honestly some days I just don’t get that inspired but other days I spend a lot of time playing to get a photo I’m happy with.

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.

I had fun with the December prompts and was and ended up with several photos I was quite happy with. I picked six favorites to feature today. If you want to see the whole month check the month view on Shuttercal.

where I stood
December 2nd – where I stood
shadow
December 6th – shadow
r is for . . .  Rubik's Cube
December 10th – r is for . . . Rubik’s Cube
green
December 11th – green
joy is . . .
December 12th – joy is . . .
something awesome
December 28th – something awesome
Just a reminder – click on any of the photos to see a larger version