Melissa Gaston: Find The Light


YMC Photo-A-Day Challenge: April 2014

Join our challenge and enter to win a YMC prize pack!

It's almost here . . . the spring weather. I can feel it. Sort of. Maybe. At least the birds are chirping in the morning, so something has to be changing, right? In anticipation of the fact that our entryways will soon not be covered by salt and piles of snowpants, boots, and mittens, why not spring clean our creative ruts and start taking some photos?

To help you out, I've created a photo-a-day challenge. Just follow the prompts below for each day in April and take a photo that fits the theme in some way. Be creative!

You can take your pictures with ANY camera. I suspect that some days I'll be using my dSLR and on others I'll be using my iPhone. This exercise is about starting to notice the world around you in different ways, and stretching your creative muscles.

We really want to see the pictures you take, so if you'd like to share, please use the hashtag #YMCPhotoADay when uploading your photos to a social media platform. If you'd like to see what everyone else is taking, once April starts you should check out Tagboard and search #YMCPhotoADay. All the photos posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Google+ with that hashtag will be aggregated into one place. (Note: if you post your photo on your personal blog or Flickr, but then link to it on one of those social networks and use the hashtag, it will still show up on Tagboard.) Remember, if you want everyone to be able to see your photos, confirm that your Twitter or Instagram account isn't set to private, and that your Facebook or Google+ posts are set to public for that photo. Be kind and leave encouraging comments for each other on those photo posts! 

Here are the prompts for April:

To encourage you, we're giving away a YMC Prize Pack: a YMC community mug, a USB key, and a YMC t-shirt! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below with the permalink or direct URL to the photo (or status update) to one of your photos that you posted using the #YMCPhotoADay hashtag. Remember that it will need to be set to "public" so we can see it! You have until May 1, 2014 to enter. You must be a YMC member, and please be sure you've registered your email address in our commenting system so we can contact you if you win.

Not sure how to find the direct URL for your status update? Check out this information for Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook.

Yummy Rules and Regs: You must be a member to win. Click to sign up! It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until May 1, 2014. Contest open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Winners will be picked using www.random.orgSee full contest rules.

Looking for some photography help? Check out my Photography 101 posts.