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November Photo A Day: Join the photo-taking fun! #FMSphotoaday

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Welcome to a new month. November is here, so get out your phone/camera and get ready to start snapping photos. Everyone is welcome to play, so check out the details below and if I’ve missed anything, or you have any questions at all – just leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.

When creating this list I thought of it as a bit of a ‘best of’ of the year, so yes there are a few repeats. I’ve had a few people let me know they didn’t like the repeats, which I’m sorry to hear. I actually love repeats. So say we’ve seen breakfast before {because we have}. We don’t always eat the same breakfast every day, or even at the same place. I want you to do things differently. Explore life. Take new photos. Take them from different angles. Think outside the box and put your creative hat on.

How to play!

Playing along with photo a day is super easy:
♥ Check out the November 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 ‘something beginning with C’. You could find anything in your day that starts with C, and snap a photo of it. For example, cushion, children, candy.
♥ Once you’ve taken the photo it’s time to share it. There are loads of places you can share it: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Tumblr, Pinterest, Flickr or where ever you like to play online. On Facebook you can share on your personal page and on my Facebook page {just upload it to my wall}. If you’re playing on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest – add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday.
♥ 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.

How do I remember the prompts?

There are a few ways you can grab the list or remember the prompts:
♥ 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 very fabulous Doug has created a calendar for us. You can have the prompts added to your phone’s calendar by clicking here. It will open your calendar program and ask if you want to add the calendar. This works on iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Mac and PC. Alternatively you can view the calendar online in your browser here.

What’s the fab four?

Each day I’ll be picking my favourite four on Instagram and Facebook, and sharing them to my Facebook and Instagram. To have your photos in the running you can just share them to my Facebook page or the #FMSphotoaday Instagram feed, or both.

What do the prompts mean?

There are no rules when playing along with photo a day, you can be creative as you like! Interpret the prompt as you please. For those that need a little help, some more details about each prompt are below:

1. Something beginning with ‘c’: Just pick anything {ANYTHING!} beginning with C and take a photo of it. It’s an easy one to start the month with.
2. Colour: Take a photo of a colour, or something colourful.
3. Breakfast: Yes. It’s time to take a photo of your breakfast. Get creative.
4. TV: Take a photo of your television, or where you watch TV. Or if you don’t have a TV – take a photo of whatever you do instead. Or someone else’s TV.
5. 5 o’clock: Take a photo of whatever you’re doing at 5am or 5pm.
6. A favourite thing: Take a photo of something you adore – a favourite book, movie, person, possession… anything.
7. Reflection: You could reflect back on life or take a photo of something reflecting, or even a reflection of yourself.
8. Something you do everyday: What’s something you do most days? Brush your teeth? Fix your hair? Write in your journal? Drive your car? Make dinner? Run? Share it.
9. Small: Take a photo of something small. Perhaps a bug, a toy or a small gesture.
10. Can’t {won’t} live without: What’s something you’d rather not live without? Is it coffee? Or something else. Shoot it and share it.
11. Night: Take a photo of something at night. Perhaps it’s your even routine, or something else?
12. Drink: Take a photo of a drink. Yours or someone else.
13. Where you slept: Take a photo of where you slept. Perhaps you took a nap somewhere odd. Or did you just sleep in your bed?
14. Man-made: There’s natural and then there’s man-made. Take a photo of something made by man.
15. In your bag: Take a photo of the inside of your bag. Or perhaps take out the contents and give us a full view of what you’re carrying around.
16. The view from your window: What do you see when you look out your window? Is it as uninspiring as a wall. Who cares? Show us.
17. The last thing you bought: Perhaps it was a car {dreaming!}, a loaf of bread, or a fancy pair of shoes. Share it!
18. Happened this weekend: Take a photo of something you did this weekend. Perhaps it was just sleeping, or was it partying? Just shoot a part of your weekend and share it.
19. Something awesome: Take a photo of something awesome in your life, or something rather awesome that you saw.
20. Work/play: You could use something like picframe to share two photos – one of what ‘work’ looks like for you, and another of what ‘play’ looks like for you.
21. What you wore: Take a photo of something you wore. Easy.
22. Grateful: In parts of the world today it’s Thanksgiving Day. Take a photo of something you’re grateful for.
23. Black: Take a photo of something black.
24. A sound you heard: What’s something you heard today? Children laughing? Birds singing? An alarm? Music? Share it.
25. Sky: Take a photo of the sky.
26. In the cupboard: Take a photo of inside a cupboard. Be creative so it’s not as boring as it could be.
27. Tree: Take a photo of a tree. Again test out your creative bones. You could lie down on the ground and take a photo looking up. You could experiment with angles and filters. Have fun.
28. Vehicle: Take a photo of a car, bus, boat, plane or another type of vehicle.
29. Big: Take a photo of some BIG!
30. On the wall: What’s on the wall? Some art? A poster? A fly. Shoot it.

Why are some prompts in colour?

Those are the weekends. I’m hoping that makes it a little bit easier for everyone.

I think that’s it. I’m excited about another month of photo-taking. This month I’ll be doing a bit of traveling, so I think it will make things interesting!

Are you playing along? Feel free to share where you’ll be playing below.

P.S. Here’s some other posts you might like:
How to use Instagram {a step-by-step guide}

My favourite photography apps
Instagram cheat sheet

  • helen

    I will definitely be joining in again this month!
    Every now and again someone asks me why I do it, or how do I have time (I am a working mum with a Miss 3, and I am generally pretty busy). I tell them that it is the few minutes in a day that is every day, and just for me. I get to put a bit of thought into something creative, and I generally enjoy the result.
    Thank you Chantelle!
    IG @anneliesemac

  • The calander thing isnt working for me.
    My son helps with the photos I do & loves it. Im loving the time spent finding things to photowith him.

  • LOVE that I just subscribed to the Photoaday calender on my iPhone!
    Thanks a bunch, this is great!

    • Danielle

      Okay, how did you get it to work on your iPhone? I couldn’t!

  • The calendar is fantastic 🙂

  • posie blogs Jennie McClelland

    Joining in again, now i’m on Instagram, it’s so easy!! Love Posie

  • FloAlder

    I agree with repeats! They are great! It gives us a chance to do something different with them. I wonder if this will carry on?

  • Kmrie

    Repeats are cool! It makes me stretch my imagination. I’ve been doing this since April and each month I think I’ll take a break, but then the promts come out and they are so fun. Instagram and android! 🙂

  • Lindsay O

    I’ll be playing on instagram and my own blog I’m in Japan, so my days are a bit ahead.

    • Lindsay O

      But then I pay attention and realize that you’re in the same part of the world as me.

  • I’m joining back in now that blogtoberfest is over.
    I also feel refreshed after the break and raring to go!
    I’ll be sharing on instagram as planettreasures facebook and flickr also as planettreasures – yay! let’s go…

  • Katie Vegter

    I’ll be joining in the fun on my blog

  • SnowR

    I’ll try to play on my Tumblr

  • Sarah

    I’ll be playing on Facebook, Twitter (jaleya85), and Instagram (jaleya85). I love this photo a day, I think I spend most of my day thinking about the prompt and how I’m going to photograph it. Can’t wait to see some amazing photos! Thank you for organising these prompts!

  • Heather

    I’m playing as well but I am only posting on my blog. Sad to see there’s no linky tool (or am I missing it somewhere?). Good luck to all!!

  • Can someone explain to a newbie how to get the calendar to work on my iphone! I must be doing something wrong :/

  • Davine

    Hi Chantelle, This is my second month joining in on the challenge and I am loving it. Last month I just uploaded my photos onto my facebook but this month I will also add them to my blog as well.

  • i will be taking part 🙂

    Twitter: @Kevin_graphix
    Instagram: harlequinstudio

  • My last challenge was in September and sadly, I didn’t finish it. Last month though, I had my 7th graders do it as a project for my class. 2 of them finished it flawlessly. And now, I’m ready to give it a go via my blog at:

  • daintybabymd

    Great list! I will be doing this for my blog! Check it out! 🙂

  • Nóri

    I’ll be playing on my blog: I did the last challenge too, check it out!

  • Ольга Санникова

    Привет! Очень интересный проект с большим удовольствием буду участвовать:) Мой блог

  • Sue McCarter

    Do I just take a photo a day (using the prompts) and load it to Facebook? Is there anything I am missing/need to know? Thanks.

  • Hello! It’s so interesting project =) I want to take part =) Here is my blog

  • Sue McCarter

    It’s me again! Have just left a comment on your Fat Mum Slim Facebook page but will repeat it here. I am new to this and have posted Day I’s photo to my own FB page but don’t know how to get it onto your FB page list. I tried tagging but was informed that I don’t have your permission to do so. Help please :-)) Thank you, Sue

  • M

    The calendar is also not working for me. I tried on both my phone (Android) and my computer (PC).

  • I am with you on Flickr -
    and piniterest and instargarm but I do not know if you can see me.

  • Even though I am a longtime Instagram follower of yours, I am going to attempt this challenge for the first time this month. Thank you Doug for the calendar which I already added to both computer and phone! I will most likely be sharing via blog posts hopefully on a weekly basis. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  • Theresa

    It will be my first time participating and I am very excited!!

  • majopau

    i’m gonna be more active this time. . . lets do this

  • i did a photo a day for over 1000 days starting in 2008. been away from it for some time. this month’s of shooting hit me in just the right place. I’ll be playing and am really looking forward to it. the first five days have been a blast and have made me remember all that I loved about shooting every day!

  • Hi Chantelle! I have taking part in November #fmsphotoaday but didn’t get a chance to introduce myself! I am Stef, aka The Purkinje Ninja aka PaddedPants on Instagram. I always take pics but I am new to Instagram so I am taking this as an opportunity to have a play with it, thanks!

  • ANNA B.


  • Amber I am posting my photos here! 🙂 Thanks for the challange!

  • Byy20

    hai, i’m from brunei and from instagram. we’re loving your photoaday challenge! 😉

  • lydia

    heeeey follow me lydiaaaam ! 😀