April 2023

You have made it through a quarter of the year taking a photo a day! 

Hopefully you are settling into a routine of daily photos.  You are discovering which subjects are drawing your attention, which skills you’d like to develop, and you are becoming more comfortable with those monthly selfies!  Most importantly, we hope that you are having fun and are looking forward to the next nine months of taking a photo day!

It seems like this time of year finally affords us the opportunity to slow down a little and take a breather.  We’ve made it through the rush of holidays and the harshest of the seasons, whether it be winter or summer where you are; nature is giving way to a time of transition.  Spring brings with it new life and a constantly changing palette of color.  Fall, on the other hand, suggests the feeling of slowing down and rest.  The stark beauty of the natural world is present in all of its glory.  Our creative minds need to experience all of the seasons.  We hope that this month’s prompts will encourage you to photograph these special time of the year wherever you are.

This month we’ll turn our cameras toward composing images with odd numbers and brightening a week by photographing lemon yellow.  We’ll also burn a few calories as we move around trying to find just the right angle for a week of food photography.  Food photography is not everyone’s favorite, but it is a great way to practice composition and lighting.  Keep in mind that food will never give you a cheesy “make it quick” smile or roll it’s eyes at you, unless you are taking a picture of a sassy potato.  And food will be still for as many shots as you need, except perhaps ice cream.  We’ll finish the month photographing the familiar in our lives.  These are the things that are often overlooked in the present; however, looking back in the years to come, these will be the photos that you’ll be glad to have because they are the story of your life.

Happy April!

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April 2023
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Explaining the Prompts

Each month is broken into 4 weekly themes: Picture Life, Picture Basic, Picture Color and Picture Style. These are meant to fuel your imagination, keep you engaged, and challenge your creativity. They give you the opportunity to see the same things in different ways. 


Picture Life is where you will be challenged to chronicle your life.  Each Picture Life week will have a theme which will give us a glimpse into your day to day life.  This is where we all will have the opportunity to get to know one another a little more.   We encourage you to show us all aspects of your life, including your beautiful self!  In Picture Life week there will be a Where I Stand prompt coupled with a time of day prompt.  Here we encourage you once a month to show us what you are doing at a certain time of the day by showing us where you are standing. 


Let’s get technical! This will challenge your creativity with a technical agenda. In these weeks of your year you will look at leading lines, flat lays, lights and shadows, (to name a few!). Don’t be shy to ask for clarification, camera settings or any tips and tricks. We aren’t magicians here, we share our secrets! 


We will focus on a specific color chosen by the Creative Team for these weeks.  This year our colour choices will be a little beyond just the basics.  You can include a little of the color, go completely monochrome or anything in between. You will likely find that this is one of your favourite weeks. 


Lifestyle, architecture, landscape, sports, golden hour, are just some of the styles you will be encouraged to play around with to try out something new. Some of these might be a little out of your comfort zone. Our hope is that by the end of the week you may have discovered something you love. You might find style in your original photo or add some style in post-processing. 


Along the way you’ll notice a few added monthly challenges sprinkled in to give you extra inspiration. 

Macro Monday 
For this prompt we encourage you to get in close. Grab your macro lens, macro filters or just crop your photo in post-processing. This is where we can focus on the little details. 

Scavenger Hunt 
A quarterly challenge where instead of one prompt, you have 4 . Take the 4 photos and make a collage. Make it work for you and your day. 

Picture My World 
This is a quarterly challenge. We are hoping you can return to the same spot 4 times on these days to document the changing seasons in your world or in your life. 

Extra Seasonal Challenge

We are introducing something new this year…. Seasonal challenges. Seasonal challenges are extra technical challenges to help you learn or practice technical skills. The challenge is separate from daily prompts and is there to give you that extra boost if you want to take it on. The extra challenge will occur 4 times a year and will come with technical instruction. Once the challenge is offered, you will have a week to think about it, practice, and then take and post your image. 

Daily Prompts

April 2023

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