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Old 01-06-2012, 21:15   #1
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Cool *The* Official Photo-a-Day for July 2012

Good god, it's June already and that means we're rapidly approaching the time of year for that good old month long photographic challenge.

The idea is this: Grab any camera and point it at things. Take as many shots as you want or are able and then choose one single great photograph out of that bunch and post it up. Just one. Do the same tomorrow and the day after that. You'll be repeating this for every day of the whole month of July, no exceptions*.
*OK, if you miss a day, don't give up, you wuss. Keep going.

That's only 31 photos. Easy, eh?

If you think you have two great photos, you still can choose only one. Don't try and agonise over the small details, try and have some fun (again) with your camera. Whether it's film, digital, point & shoot or DSLR, all formats are welcome. Try out some stuff you haven't done before, like street photography, shooting from the hip, macro, wildlife, night shots, architecture, flash, infrared. If it gives you an image, it's allowed. Hell, we'll even accept HDR & Instagram!

Shooting digital will obviously give you an almost instant result for posting online, whereas with film you'll have to finish the whole roll, get the film processed, printed or scanned. This could take a few days or a couple of weeks before you get to put something online (unless you process your own film), but that's OK, you'll still have 31 photos at the end of it. Again, don't agonise over post processing, that's not what this event is for. Get back to the basics of photography and improve yourself.

It is well advisable to be prepared and to map out some idea for photographs in advance as inspiration may will not present itself every day, or time / work / ealth / family constraints will prevent you from long days of shooting. Everyone also finds that towards the end of this long, long month where inspiration doesn't materialise and your idea list is already done, but you'll probably realise this soon enough (and if you've taken part before you know it already).

To keep a chronological log of photos I have an account with flickr (the basic account is free), if you keep the uploaded photos to 800 pixels on the largest side then you'll easily get all 31 photos diplayed with the free account. Create a new set and call it "Photo-a-Day July 2012", "PAD2012" or even "PAD2k12" and I'll link it to your name below. Other people here use an online blog like www.photoblogs.org to host their photos with accompanying comments. Otherwise you can set up a free account with photobucket or even just post individual photos here using imageshack or imgur.

The first event in 2005 we had eight awesome people up for the challenge and it's been gaining popularity ever since. Each year has produced some stunning photography (and hopefully giving you people a better insight into your lovely camera gear & photography in general).
Do I have to ask if you want to take part again? Course not, so sign up below.

History:
Original 2005 thread is here
2006 threads are here and here with the 2006 flickr group and photos here
2007 threads are here and here with the 2007 flickr group and photos here
2008 threads are here and here with the 2008 flickr group and photos here
2009 thread is here with the 2009 flickr group and photos here
2010 thread is here with the 2010 flickr group and photos here
2011 thread is here with the 2011 flickr group and photos here

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Old 01-06-2012, 22:14   #2
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think i'd like to give this a go this year been ages since I last did one
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I am in again. Last two years have been a bit of a fail for me, as I took a photo every day but never got round to uploading most of them.
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Please count me in. Actually looking forward to it, this year!
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Hah this gutted me last year, trying to do something different every day.

Will give it a good think over!
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I really didn't enjoy it last year - and I spend at least 50hrs/week on this damn hobby anyway - so I'm going to pass this year
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Old 05-06-2012, 20:29   #9
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I really didn't enjoy it last year...
Tell me about it, I had probably the worst month of a **** poor year for me in 2011 and only managed 12 shots. First time I didn't complete.
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I got through last year which buys me a pass for this year. Good luck those giving it a go. Make a list with loads of spare options, you will need them.
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I'll update things tomorrow as my BT lilne has been on the fritz (using a friend's broadband and trying not to look at his internet history )
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