play photo a day with me
The other day I was browsing through some of my bookmarked web pages and I found my 2007 photo a day blog. It reminded me of how much that challenge helped me to get better both technically and creatively at photography. I hadn’t thought of that blog since I stopped posting to it but flicking through it brought back memories of that time that still make me smile. See below for a sample of January to May 2007 in my life.
Get ready for a game that is guaranteed to make you a better photographer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nothing will improve your photography more than practice.
So, introducing the Please Don’t Say Cheese photo a day
If you’ve done a photo a day challenge before, you probably know what it is and also how rewarding it can be. If not, here’s how it works: You take at least one photo a day and you post it somewhere for the world to see. Easy peasy!
how to play!
Playing along with photo a day is super easy:
~ Each day take at least one photo – if you’re like me it will be many more than just one. It can be anything. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.
~ Once you’ve taken the photo it’s time to share it. There are loads of places you can share it. See below for more details.
~ Check out other people’s photos. You can browse through them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter just search for the #PDSCplay hashtag to see them all.
~ Comment, Share, Like other people’s photos and they’ll do the same for you. Meeting new friends who share your love of photography is part of the fun.
where to play?
There are loads of places to be social and share your photos with the #PDSCplay community:
Instagram: Just upload your photo, use a fancy filter (or not), add a caption and the hashtag #PDSCplay and then share.
Pinterest: Upload to a photo a day board add a caption and the hashtag #PDSCplay
Twitter: You can share on Twitter by uploading the photo and sharing the hashtag #PDSCplay. Easy.
Simply share on your own personal page,and add the hashtag #PDSCplay when you share your photos and you’ll be able to see which of your friends are playing along too. It’s cool!
Facebook Update: Facebook hashtags don’t work very well. According to some expert Facebookers I’ve spoken to they are not always searchable and not everyone has the option to use them.
So Plan B: If you want your #PDSCplay photo a day on Facebook to be seen by me and the rest of the people playing you can add a comment to my daily photo a day post and put your photo in it. Or you can post your photo directly to the Facebook page.
If you are doing this just for yourself and don’t need us to see it that’s cool too!
what can I win?
That’s simple, the chance to be a better photographer and to learn and have some fun! This isn’t a competition and there is no prize. However, each week I will spend some time looking through the photos shared on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and select six to be featured on the Please Don’t Say Cheese Facebook page or the PDSC Pinterest Board. And you never know, your photo might even be chosen as the photo of the week and be the header image on the Facebook page for the following week.
So are you going to join us in the game of “make me a better photographer”? If so comment below and start thinking about that fist photo for 1 January 2014.