June Photo A Day 2014: Grab your camera and come along for the ride

Hello sunshine.

How are you?

I’m good, thanks for asking.

Today I’m bringing to you the June Photo A Day list. And I’m pretty over the moon to be sharing the designer, which is the lovely Rowe Timson. Rowe is one of my best friends. We met when I was the ripe old age of nineteen and we were both nannies, and it was friendship at first sight. We share a love of photography {she’s a professional though!}, sushi and a good chat. You can read her blog to get to know her a little better.

This month Rowe created the design of the list AND most of the prompts. I think these will stretch us creatively, don’t you?

June Photo A Day list #fmsphotoaday

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 June the prompt for day 1 is ‘joy’. So find a photo of something that brings you joy {cake, little people, sunshine, buying treats for yourself, sleep… pick anything!}.
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.

HOW TO REMEMBER THE PROMPTS EASILY

I know it can be hard for people to remember to do photo-a-day each day, particularly for those just starting out. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so stick at it. Until then we have have these tips:
Come back here each day and click the button on the right-hand side to check out the list.
Right-click on the list above and save it to your desktop. Or if you’re on your phone you could take a screenshot and save it as your wallpaper. {To screenshot click the power button and home button at the same time}.
The lovely Doug has created prompts for us that we can download straight into our calendar, so we won’t forget. Just click on the below to get them in your phone. They’ll be ready soon. If you’ve subscribed to the links already, they’ll update automatically. P.S. The App is coming next month!

To subscribe on iPhone/iPad/Android/Mac:
http://bit.ly/15KFbZw

To view on the web:
http://bit.ly/16Tad4H

WHAT’S THE FAB FOUR?

Each day we spend some time scrolling through the photos shared on Instagram and Facebook, selecting four from each platform to put a bit of a spotlight on. The Fab Four isn’t a competition. There is no prize. It’s just a way to share some of the awesome photos being shared for Photo A Day.

On Instagram I’ll be sharing selecting the Fab Four with the lovely Nicole {@nicoledamario}. We’ll write ‘selected by’ with our username so you know who has selected which Fab Four for the day.

Over on Facebook the lovely admins of the Facebook group select the Fab Four each day. You can find it pinned to the top of the group. The admins are Leesa, Barbara, Sarah, Kim and Natalie.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE PROMPTS

The prompts really are up to your own interpretation. Don’t feel like you have to follow any rules. Do as you please. Some people like to know what I’m thinking when I create the prompt, so below is just a suggestion:

1. Joy
What brings you joy? Share a photo of it.
2. Doing
Take a photo a something being done. Capture it in action.
3. Family
Share your family with us. It could be creative, or a simple family portrait. Perhaps you consider your friends to be your family?
4. Ordinary
Ordinary means not very special or without distinctive features. Show us ordinary.
5. 11 o’clock
What are you doing at 11pm or 11am? Share it.
6. Adventure
Life is one daring adventure. Take a photo of adventure.
7. Pattern
It could be the pattern on a piece of clothing, or something repetitive you see while out and about. Or something else.
8. T is for…
Look high, look low… share something starting with the letter T.
9. We live here
Show the people where you live. It could be a photo of your home. Your door mat. The town you live in. You can show us where you live as creatively as you like.
10. Flying
Is it a bird or a plane? Share a photo of flying.
11. The beginning
The start of something; a book, lunch, a movie, a project, a love story… anything!
12. Pastel
Pastel is a soft or more delicate colour. Capture it.
13. Simply
Simply means straight-forward or plain manner. Show the world simply in a photo.
14. Cross
It could be two lines crossing over, or the emotion, or the action. Which will you choose.
15. Lovely
What’s lovely in your life? Show us.
16. In the shadows
Take a photo of something in the shadows.
17. Peaceful
What’s peaceful to you? Is it a place you go? Or is it a way you feel?
18. Quirky
It’s a little bit weird and slightly unusual. What will you choose today?
19. Habit
What’s something you do regularly – whether it be bad or good? What’s your habit?
20. Yay!
What are you celebrating today – little or big?
21. Here I am
Where are you today?
22. Growing
Take a photo of something that’s growing. Perhaps you could share a photo of something before and after.
23. In this moment
It could be something you’re doing now, or someone or something in the moment.
24. What June looks like
What does June look like for you? Is it a cold month? A warm month? A month filled with birthdays? Or exams? Or work? Or fun?
25. Sun flare
This is a photography lesson prompt. Check back on my blog for a lesson from Roweena on how to acheive sun flare.
26. Dreaming
What are you dreaming of? Or how can you capture dreaming?
27. Loving
Capture love, or share something you’re loving right now.
28. Bed
It’s just as you think – perhaps a good excuse to jump on the bed and take fun photos?
29. Delight
Capture sheer delight in someone’s face, or something that brings delight to your life.
30. The end
We shared the beginning, now share the end. It could make a beautiful emotive, sombre photo or something less serious.

Tell me, if you’ve played before – how do you remember the prompts? Do you print out the list? Use the reminders? Keep the list as a screensaver?

Comments

  1. Leanne says

    I load them onto my calendar via the fabulous Doug, and I also write them (old fashioned I know!) on my kitchen calendar.

  2. says

    Bless, I’ve really enjoyed the past two months having been too slack to get on board before. My photos aren’t always obvious but I love that I can think outside of the square with the prompts! I hope that’s okay.

  3. meli says

    Hello there!! First of all i just want to say i looove love love the photo a day idea!! I have just one question. I live in central america so when i post the photo is already next day at your country. So iwanna no does it count or do i have to post according to your time zone.?! Thank you very much for your help!! :) Chantelle :)

  4. liz @ Strayed Table says

    I am going to give this month’s photo a day a go. I will be a newbie but looking forward at getting my camera out each day again.

  5. Femke says

    I’ve been here since april 2012 and still loving it! I have missed a few months, but back on track again now!

  6. Cecilia Clark says

    I think this could be a load of fun. I am doing another challenge too but a few photos could brighten up my blog :) Hello and thanks for the ideas.

  7. Lisa Bailey says

    Lately to remember the prompts, I keep a link directly to the prompt page on my cell phone home screen. Sometimes I do a screen shot.

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