April CY365 Photo Challenge List | 2014

Do you feel your motivation to capture a photo a day ebb and flow throughout the year?

April CY365 Photo Challenge List 2014

I know I do. This year has been especially difficult.

I take a photo everyday, but somedays they are just a sad effort to check the box off my to do list. I have to remind myself, it’s not always like that.  Like all things in life, motivation changes.

To get motivation back for the project I know I have to do something.

To kick start my motivation I’ll take on a new personal challenge. This month I’m planning on carrying my dSLR more often.  I want the satisfaction of adjusting the settings before I press the shutter. I want the weight in my hand the versatility of multiple lenses.

I’m going to get outside with my camera more often. I’m going to walk through my neighborhood to see how many of the prompts I can find. I’m going to walk through my neighborhood just to see what I notice.

I’ll use the list to generate ideas. I’ll use the list to motivate me to pick up the camera. Because this matters.

And I’ll be easy on myself. Things change. And that’s okay. Even if my photos are imperfect they are still valuable memories of my life. And for me, that’s what’s most important about this project.



What do you do to kick start your motivation?


How can you use the list? Follow three quick steps!





Download the April Challenge List to your favorite device or print it for quick reference. I post mine right next to my desk and carry it on my phone.





Go sequential if that’s your thing or pick one that inspires you. Go out on your own if you need to. There is no wrong way to use the prompts!

And really…if you need to skip a prompt…then skip it! It’s your project. Make it your own!

And here are this month’s repeating prompts (the purple words). Not sure what a repeating prompt is? We talk about them on the CY365 Podcast.

  • Create A Self Portrait  | April  5 – Imperfect
  • Create A Macro Photo | April 7 – Fill The Frame
  • Practice Portraiture | April 19 – Come In
  • Capture Where You Stand | April 16
  • Photograph A Number | April 28 – The Number 4
  • Create A Photo With Your Phone | April 27 – Square

Subscribe to the free daily emails for a prompt reminder and tips for each day’s prompts.

Join the free daily prompt updates here.

Create your image with whatever camera you have! Phone, dSLR, point and shoot.





Shoot what you can. Share what you can. No pressure.  Sharing helps keep you motivated all year long.

You have options!

Pick the one that is right for you.
Want a little something extra for your memory keeping? Grab the Captured Journaling Cards.

And then…


In the comments below, share what you do to kickstart your motivation.

1 Comment

  1. Deirdre

    I just switch it up. If I’ve been using my phone a lot, I make myself use the DSLR. If I’ve had to shoot a ton of shots for the kids’ school or teams, I switch to my phone and play with art apps. My basic thing to kick a slump is just change what I’m doing, make it different, get out of the rut.

    Sometimes, just looking in the gallery helps. Seeing how others interpret the prompts can be inspiring. Or maybe it’s not even the prompt – sometimes I see a photo there and say, “Oh, I want to try something like that.”


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