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Old 02-06-2014, 16:15   #1
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The Only Official Photo-a-Day for July 2014

Look at that, we're already half way through 2014 and what do you have to show for yourself? Nothing. But it does mean we're almost at the July snap-a-rama.

If you don't know already: Take any camera and go and shoot as many photos of anyhing that takes catches your eye. Done already? Now choose one photograph out of the hundreds of almost identical blurry crap and upload it into the internet. Just one. Do it all again tomorrow and for every day of the July. If you find you miss a day or two, don't worry or stop, try and finish the month.

I'm telling you now. Taking 31 consecutive photos is not as easy.

If have two great photos (good for you, Monsieur Cartier-Bresson), you still can only choose one. Don't try and agonise over the small minutiae; try and have some fun (again) with your camera. Whether it's film, phone, point & shoot or DSLR, all formats are welcome. Try and broaden your horizons (you can fix them in Photoshop) and try something you haven't done before, like macro. There's many, many styles to choose from. Push boundries, but not doors with a "Pull" sign on them.

Shooting digital will obviously give you an almost instant orgas gratification for posting online, whereas with film (excluding instant cameras) you'll have to finish the whole roll, get the film processed, digitised 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 (a 36 roll will give you a little leeway).

Post production isn't necessarily what this event's for. It's going back to the basics of photography and to better your technique.

It is immensely advisable to put in some preparation for this, to map out / mock up ideas for photographs in advance as inspiration will not present itself every day; there is an awful lot of life that can get in the way of your valuable time. You'll also finds that towards the end of this long, long month your ideas will have all dried up and your emergency list exhausted too. But you'll 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 displayed with the free account. Create a new set and call it "Photo-a-Day July 2014", "PAD2014" or even "PAD2k14" 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.

This is year nine. Nine! I started the first event in 2005 as I'd just spunked down £700 on a Nikon D70 and yet 2 months later was doing nothing with it. We had eight people up for the challenge and it's gone on from there. Each year has produced some stunning photography from the people taking part (and it hopefully gives a better insight into your lovely (& expensive) camera gear & photography in general).

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
2012 thread is here with the 2012 flickr group and photos here
2013 thread is here with the 2013 flickr group and photos here

>> PAD2014 Flickr group here <<

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Old 02-06-2014, 17:10   #2
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In! Will add my Flickr set later.
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I'm in, now to get some inspiration

The album/set is here with a placeholder: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clocki...57645037348403

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Old 02-06-2014, 22:42   #4
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Yes, me too. A few months back I decided I would try and focus on portraits this year, as an area I want to improve on. So I'm stating it here in the hopes that I won't back out!

My album (I see they're not called sets any more; shows how long I've neglected my flickr account...) will be here.
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Ah, go on then. Haven't done it for a few years, but id like to get involved again... I just know I'll run out of ideas half way tho!
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I'm in, but I'm feeling particularly 'flat' this year so I hope I can drum up some enthusiasm...
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I'll see what I can do or muster.Will pdobaly upload once Im done and that way if I loose will for it or got nothing good to share then not a problem and no pressure either!
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Oooh Oh Oh (puts hand in air) I'll be the ever enthusiastic noob and say "Yes"

I'll also be unwittingly overoptimistic and think this'll be dead easy (I'm still at that "in love" stage with my camera, and am snapping pretty much every day anyway)

I expect no sympathy and plenty of "I told you so's" when I falter and my inspiration runs dry
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Is there a 2014 Flickr group yet?
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INcidentally I have made no preparation for this year (though as I was walking from work, I started sizing up a couple of possible (read: most likely crap) locations)
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Sounds like what I do every year! I'm really going to struggle with doing a portrait every day this time round, but I'll do my best!
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Given that I have not one, but two new cameras, I really ought to find this easier this year!
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Yup! I have a shiny new camera as well
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Given that I have not one, but two new cameras, I really ought to find this easier this year!
Its finding something to Photograph though not having a camera with you
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Had that this morning walking to the office, camera was in my bag and the moment had passed before I could react. Dammit!

Just popped out and managed to find something that will do for today.

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