July Photo A Day 2014 challenge list and details on how to play

Hello you

I’m pretty excited about this month of photo-taking. The App, Little Moments, is now out and has been so well received. I’m going to enjoy playing it with the App helping me along. You can see how the App makes playing Photo A Day a little bit easier here. BUT you can also play photo a day, just as we always have, without the App. All the details are below.

As with any App launch, we’ve had a few teething problems that we couldn’t have predicted. This is particularly with, but limited to, iPhone 4 users. You see the problems and temporary solutions here. Feel free to email me with any issues and I’ll report them and help find a solution.

App aside, it’s time to talk about an inspiring month of photo-taking ahead. Thanks to the team at Down That Little Lane for designing the list. And here that list is…

July Photo A Day 2014


Playing photo-a-day is easy! 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 July the prompt for day 1 is ‘red + white’. So take a photo of something red and white. Colour prompts are my favourite, it’s fun to see all the photos in the hashtag turn red and white.
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.

If you’re playing using my App, it will add the hashtag and prompt automatically to your caption when sharing to Instagram.


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.


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:
The Little Moments App is the easiest way to remember how to play. It can send little daily reminders to your phone at the time of your choice. Or you can just open the App and get all the details in one click.

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.

To subscribe on iPhone/iPad/Android/Mac:

To view on the web:

Otherwise, without the App try these:
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}.


Each day I 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. The Instagram Fab Four will be shared in my Instagram feed daily, and will also be showcased in my App too. {You might notice in the App it has a blank screen where the Fab Four should be. This will be resolved within a week}.

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.


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. red + white
It’s Canada Day so share a photo of something red and white.
2. something beginning with k
Find something beginning with the letter K and share a photo of it.
3. match
Find a match, be it the fire kind or something that matches.
4. stars
Share a photo of stars {a nod to America’s Independence Day}
5. on the table
What’s on the table? Share a photo. Get creative; shoot from above or down below. Have fun with it.
6. view
What can you see from where you are? Share it.
7. first
Are you the first to wake up? The first in line? What can you see that is the first of something. Anything.
8. i’ve never…
What have you never done? Share it in a photo.
9. alive
Share a photo of something that is alive. Or something that makes you feel alive.
10. sharp
Be careful! But also take a photo of something sharp. It doesn’t have to be a knife. It could be the corner of a building perhaps.
11. gold
Find something gold and share a photo of it.
12. interior
Share a photo of the interior of something – could be your home, a car or something smaller.
13. look up
Look up. What do you see? Take a photo.
14. old school
Think retro, old school. Find something.
15. torn
Are you feeling torn? Do you own something torn? Do you wanna just tear something up for the fun of it?
16. listening to…
What can you hear? Share a photo.
17. sunshine
Head outside and capture yourself some sunshine.
18. admire
What or who do you admire? Share a photo.
19. curly
Hair, pasta, ribbon… what can you find that’s curly?
20. moment
Steal a moment today, and take a photo of it. {Like a coffee break, or a special moment between two people…}
21. basic
Get back to basics and take a photo. It could be a simplistic photo, or a basic subject matter.
22. i wore this!
Take a photo of something you wore today, or perhaps a day in the past.
23. macro
This is a fun photographic technique. Head over to my blog to find out how to capture it.
24. water
It’s as easy at it sounds. Find a way to be creative with capturing water today.
25. home
Share a photo of home. It could be your home, or something that represents home.
26. fun
How can you share a photo of fun? Is it lots of bright colours? Kids laughing? People dancing? Share it.
27. ten
It could be a $10 note/bill. Or ten items. Or the number 10. Up to you, my friend.
28. cool
What will you share today? Something cool {as in ‘rad’} or something chilly?
29. repeat
Repeat is something that happens more than once, like something in part of a pattern. Share it.
30. lost
Are you missing something? Or have you found something that is lost? Share it.
31. rise
You could share a sunrise, or something rising {sounds like a good reason to bake bread to me!}.

So there we go. Are you ready for some photo-taking fun?

12 thoughts on “July Photo A Day 2014 challenge list and details on how to play”

  1. Is there still going to be the option to add it to my iCloud calendar? That was the best way for me to remember to do it every day and I definitely loved it when you started going that.

  2. I’m getting to know this challenge only today, But I hope I can participate! Nice choice of themes. Loved it!! 🙂

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