By: Mary Pat Baldauf
This month, I started playing a cool “game” with my iPhone: Photo-A-Day.
It works like this. Each month, you get a list of daily prompts. All you have to do is use any camera you have — iPhone, Smartphone, Digital, — and use the daily prompt as inspiration. You then share the photo using your favorite social media platforms, i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr.
You can Google “picture a day challenge” and find any number of challenges. I’m doing FatMumSlim’s Photo-a-Day Challenge because 1) it’s the one that a lot of my friends are using, and 2) I like her style. (Click here for a great article about FatMumSlim blogger Chantelle Elam and her Photo-A-Day challenge.)
FatMumSlim gives five ways photo-a-day will change your life for the better, but here’s why I’m doing it:
It Expands My Horizons. Seeing Photo-A-Day shots from friends gives me insight into who they are, what they are doing and how they see the world. It also exposes me to things I might not otherwise see or know about, such as a beautiful flower or a new camera app.
It’s a Great Way to Document My Life, Day by Day. I blog, but my blog isn’t really a journal in the true sense of the word. And who has time to scrapbook anymore? I have a nice camera, but I usually just use my iPhone to capture every day moments. I post a lot of them to Instagram anyway, so it’s a no-brainer. Once I post my “Photo-A-Day” picture, I also save it in a monthly “Photo-a-Day” folder I’ve created on my iPhone. I think it will be neat to go back at the end of a month, even the end of the year, and see my month in photos.
It’s Plain Out Fun. I love the challenge of illustrating the daily prompt. It helps me think outside of the box and gives me an opportunity to express myself. It also forces me to slow down from the daily grind and take time to think about something besides work and my daily to-do list.
Sound interesting? Visit FatMumSlim and get started today. You can get some practice with the remaining days in July and start your first full month in August. Let me know how you like it! Already do a monthly photo challenge? Please share your experiences!