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October photo a day challenge: Everything you need to know!

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How to play

1. Look at the list each day, and discover the daily prompt.
2. Grab your camera – your phone or another camera – and take a photo using the daily prompt as inspiration.
3. Upload your photo to where ever you like: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, your blog or anywhere you please. {If sharing on Twitter or Instagram add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday}

Where to share

Once you’ve taken your photos the fun is in sharing them. So you can share them in one place, or a few – it’s up to you. Here’s how share them:

There are a few ways you could share on Facebook. You could create an album on your personal page, upload the list and share the photos every day. It’s a fun way to share with your friends. You can also upload to my wall on my Facebook page. Other options are creating a group with your friends, uploading to your own page {if you have one} or joining the October photo a day event.

Upload your photo to Twitter and share a bit about it along with the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. Get social and tweet with the other photo a day players.

This is my favourite place to share. Take your photo, add a filter, write a little about in the caption and add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. Best of all, when you publish your photo, you can also publish to your Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. So all the work is done for you. I’m @fatmumslim on Instagram.

You can share your photos in the Photo A Day Flickr group. Join it here.

Tumblr + Blogs
Upload and share on your Tumblr and Blogs as you please. I’ll upload to my blog in one looooong post at the end of the month.

The Prompts

1. Where you stood: Take a photo of where you’re standing.
2. Lunchtime: Take a photo of your lunch, or around you at lunchtime.
3. This happened today: What’s something that happened today? Shoot it and share it.
4. What you read: Did you read a sign? Are you reading a book? A blog? Shoot and share.
5. Shadow: Take a photo of your shadow or any shadow.
6. I’m thankful for…: What are you thankful for today? It can be simple or BIG. Share it.
7. Light: You can shoot sunflare, a streetlight, light from the sun… any kind of light.
8. Angle: Look at angles in buildings, structures, books, anything. Find an angle and take a photo.
9. Red: Take a photo of something red.
10. Emotion: Happy. Sad. Angry. Overjoyed and so on and so forth. Be creative.
11. Something close-up: These photos might be a little mysterious. Take a photo of something really close-up.
12. On the table: Last month we did table, but this month let’s do ON the table. What’s on your table?
13. Landscape: Take a photo of the skyline, a landscape you see.
14. Makes you laugh: What’s something funny that makes you laugh. Share it.
15. Dinnertime: Just like lunchtime, only later. Take a picture of what dinnertime is like on this day for you.
16. Something you wrote: Take a photo of something you wrote or drew.
17. Fruit: Take a photo of a piece of fruit, or a few.
18. Made you smile today: What made you smile today? Find it. Shoot it. Share it.
19. Letters: Take a photo of letters. They might make up a poster, or something bigger. Or even be mail?
20. 4 o’clock: Take a photo a 4am or 4pm – whatever you’re doing at that time.
21. Calm: Take a photo of something that makes you feel calm, or represents calm.
22. In your town: Take a photo of something from where you live. It might be a building, people, park or something else.
23. The view from here: Take a photo of your view from where you are. It might be your office, your home, traveling. The everyday can sometimes be very interesting.
24. Weather: Take a photo of the weather today. Let’s travel around the world with everyone’s weather photos.
25. People: It might be people you know or people you don’t. Take a photo of people.
26. Listening to: What are you listening to? Music? Children laughing? Share it.
27. Morning: Take a photo of your morning.
28. Looking back: Take a photo of something from your past, or from just behind you. Look back and take a photo.
29. Moon: The moon is just about full tonight. Take a photo.
30. Clothes: Take a photo of clothes. Perhaps what you’re wearing, or in your wardrobe, on a mannequin or otherwise.
31. Whatever you please: Are you celebrating Halloween tonight? Perhaps take a photo of that. Today is free choice – take a photo of ANYTHING you like.

Other posts you might like:
How to not fail photo a day
5 ways photo a day will change your life for the better
A beginners guide to using Instagram
My favourite iPhone apps
How to create beautiful iPhone photos: lighting
How to create beautiful iPhone photos: rule of thirds
Instagram cheat sheet

So without futher ado – Get snapping! October photo a day has begun!

If you have any questions at all, leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.

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  • vicky vicky

    I have played before and i am going to play again. Good month.

  • Alicia O’Brien

    I’m a few days behind, I have to finish September first! I’ve come this far all year, and I’m finding myself waning, help. I’m determined to do this ALL year. You are going to have to make a button for me to put on my blog to brag when I do 😀

  • I always wanted to do a photo a day challenge but always failed to come up with what to take photo’s of !!

    I am going to do this with you =D thanks for the inspiration !

    • Can I use your challenge criteria on my own blog giving all credit to your blog with a link so that people can see where i’m doing the challenge from ??

  • Shelley McLean

    Sounds great, may I ask do you follow the order? So today is “Where I stood”?


    Yey! Will definitely join this 🙂 love the list! :3

  • rhinestic

    This sounds cool! Would love to join too =)


    I will be joining as well.

  • Jenna

    I’m definitely doing this on my blog!

  • Joan Olk

    Even though I don’t have Instagram… this sounds like fun so I am giving this a try with just a plain old camera.

  • I don’t take pictures with my phone…I use a digital SLR so I can’t post with instagram. Glad there are other options for participation. 🙂

  • thelovebump

    Yay! I’ve entered my first photo on my blog tonight 🙂

  • I’ve always wanted to do one of these! I think I will post every Sunday!

  • Balot

    i’m also joining, hope i can complete October challenge 😀

  • Chereen

    Such a fantastic concept! I’m a day late (and I’ve JUST finished my lunch!), but I’m definitely going to give this a go, starting tomorrow!

  • ArtZest is my photography blog where I am posting my pictures. Thank you so much Chantelle for challenging me, I need the kick in the arse.

  • Rentukka is my photogaphy blog. I started today at day 3. I.m sorry I wrote in Finnish today, but I´ll write in English from now on.

  • Little Ladybird

    Hi Chantelle,
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog post ‘A Picture Tells a 1000 words’. I appreciate you stopping by!! Tash

  • I’m SO loving this photoaday Chan, and wish that I had been doing this all year! Hoping you continue this next year 😉

  • Balot

    Hi, I hope you don’t mind me joining the fun. I’m on my almost half-way to finishing it and I tell you its a blast… I so much enjoying it, it helps develop my creativity and I’m sure challenge in it. Hope you will continue this. More Power!

  • vailie

    Hi there!!!

    I’m Vailie and I would like to participate!

    Actually I have left a comment from the first days of the contest but I cannot see it anywhere…

    Anyway…this is my blog and you can find some photographs for your contest about October!

    Many kisses from Greece xxxx