January CY365 Photo Challenge List | 2014

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Are you ready to start your 2014 365 Project? Here we go!

January CY365 Photo Challenge List 2014

There are many reasons to complete a 365 project and many ways to go about it. There isn’t a right way or a wrong way, simply your way.

You can point your camera toward the everyday moments of your life or create a theme for your daily photos. You might only use your phone or stick to a dSLR.  You could take a photo of the same thing everyday if you are up for EXTREME challenge.

Are you here to improve your photography? You will.

Are you here to document the beauty of your life? You will.

Are you here to slow down and notice the details? You will.

You will have days that are filled with inspiration and days when you struggle to create a photo. You will have days with amazing light and days where you struggle to take a photo in the diminishing light before the clock strikes midnight.

You may miss a day. Or two. And it will be okay.

There are no 365 police. No one will judge you or kick you out of the 365 club if you don’t do it perfectly.

At the end of the year you will have a collection of amazing photos of your life. A treasure of memories of YOUR LIFE as ONLY YOU can see it. AND THAT, is amazing.

Read more about the 365 process and how to be successful.  You can also join me for a FREE Scrapinar with Lain Ehmann where I’ll share steps for creating a successful daily photography project. Register here.

I’m excited to see what you create this year and invite you to share it with the CY365 Community. You’ll find an amazing group of supportive, kind, and helpful people documenting their real lives, just like you!


What will you do with your 2014? Share in the comments below.


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


Get The List-CY365

Download the January 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.

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




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!


Did you notice the blue words on the list? This year we are adding a more repeating prompts to provide an extra challenge.


Create A Self Portrait  | January 4 – A Little Bit

Create A Macro Photo | January 6 – Unique

Capture Where You Stand | January 9

Photograph A Number | January 22 – Eight

Practice Portraiture | January 25 – Caring

Create A Photo With Your Phone | January 26 – Vivid


We’ve got a few fun bonuses for everyone on the daily email list too! 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 can:

You’ve got options!



In the comments below, share what you would like to do with your 2014 365 project!



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  2. I have started a 365 day challenge. Today will be my 42nd day that I have taken a photo.(I started Jan. 10th/14) Some days are difficult to get inspired, so this email will help me to keep thinking of new and excting ideas. Happy Shooting!

  3. I just want to improve my photography and collect a lot of photos of my life 😉

    Jessica from Germany

  4. I have some training, college level, dark room back in the dark ages, have had a couple of 2nd and 3rd places in photo contests and I have begun doing paid work as a portrait photographer as well as a volunteer photo booth. I now have a Canon Rebel T3 and love it. I take my camera almost everywhere I go even though I feel like a total camera geek. AP is my regular setting but I use manual as well. My plan is to improve my shots and to use manual for all of my CY365 working on light and exposure settings. I will truly appreciate any feedback I can get…

  5. I always intend to start using more DSLR more, but mostly rely on “snapshots” from my iPhone… This year I won’t do any formal DSLR training, but instead go with the theory that practice makes perfect.

    Bring it on!

  6. Here is a timely suggestion. I was just shopping at Wal-Mart and naturally they had Christmas ornaments for sale for a reduced price so I bought a few. I am going to hold on to them and maybe make an interesting macro shot when I am stuck for an idea. I do this all year whenever I go to the dollar store I look for interesting items tha might be good for shots

  7. Hello!
    Just a suggestion, maybe you could put the extra challenges in the pdf as a subhead for the corresponding day, so that everything is in the same file?

  8. I’d love for my girls to be involved! Not just IN the pictures, but them taking pictures of their own. Ages 6, 8 and 13.

  9. I’m here to capture everyday moments and improve my photography. I’m an absolute beginner and shooting with a Canon Powershot S5. I figure I can learn to use this well then upgrade to a DSLR. Any tips I can get to help me improve will be appreciated.

  10. So this year I decided to use my camera more. I love to take pictures, but sometimes I get too busy to remember to bring my camera. My goal is to complete the 365 project, learn to use my camera better and improve my photography.

  11. I’ve been wanting to tackle this for a while but timing was never right – until now. I saw your Scrapinar with Lain yesterday and decided to go for it! I’m looking forward to the end result – a photo book of the big and small of one year in my life. Thank you for this opportunity 🙂

  12. One of my goals for 2014 is to stick to a 365 day challenge. I tried one once before when I was a teen and I got grounded a few times… made taking pictures a bit tricky so I gave up.

  13. I started participating in Katrina’s 365 in November 2013. It started out as a dare from a friend, and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I guess you could say I’m hooked…
    Looking at the January list, I find it really hard to come up with ideas, but I know as I go along something will transpire. That’s the beauty of this challenge to me, you grow with each prompt, and at the end of the month – even if not every picture is perfect – you’ve got something to look back at that you can be proud of, and you’ve learned something!

  14. I hope this will help me stick to the photo-a-day challenge I’m setting for myself in 2014.

  15. I would like to get to New Year’s Eve 2014 and be able to look back on my year and remember the little thing that happened as well as the big.

  16. Madison Zienkiewicz

    I just want to photograph more, I receive compliments at craft shows with my mother about the talent that I have but I don’t shoot enough to really see it and enjoy it. With some kind of dream in the oven about getting a photography diploma I want to know that I’m doing it right and that I enjoy it.

  17. I am just finishing up my first 365 Photo a Day. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I have a flash drive full of 2013 family events, work events, every day happenings that reflect our past year. Thank you for the ideas and photo tips to help make that happen. I will be doing this again in 2014. Thanks.

  18. In lieu of my usual New Year’s resolution to become the next great Supermodel, I’m going to go with 365!

  19. I am just looking forward to focusing on improving my photography for 2014. I have been stalking and watching the 365 projects last few years – It’s time to get involved.
    (yay – I am so excited :))

  20. I’d love to get them printed up in a photo book at year’s end actually. 🙂

  21. Kylee Rulason

    I am new to CY365. I am so excited to try this! I have a Nikon D5100 and my goal is to improve my photography and learn more about manual mode! I am looking forward to joining you all on this adventure!

  22. Getting excited for the 2014 365 Challenge. I have my website ready to go for when I start taking pictures. I have attempted my own 365 Challenge last year, but I ran out of ideas and stopped about half way through. So my goal is to snap/post a picture each day.

  23. I attempted the 365 this year, but family illnesses I slacked :(. Looking forward to starting the 365 and staying with it in 2014. I also want to learn to shoot indoors with it on manual, I have the canon rebel t3i….haven’t gotten to mess with it a lot until the last month and I’ve learned a lot but looking forward to learning more ;).

  24. I started Katrina’s cy365 in August, and absolutely adore it! The prompts are so motivating. Just by taking a a photo a day, it has pushed me and I am improving. At this time, I use all iPhone 5 – I always have it with me, and it just makes it easy. And… I am addicted to Instagram and photo apps! I am amazed at some of the very cool pics I get and how great my phone does. My goals are to continue with cy365 each day and to focus on the little things that bring me joy.

  25. 2014 will be my 3rd 365. At the end of each year I make a photo yearbook on Shutterfly and the results are so amazing, I’m so proud I took all those photos myself. I got a macro lens for Xmas and my goals for 2014 are to learn to use it and also finally get off auto. I need a class for sure. Canon Rebel.

  26. Theresa M.

    This is my first attempt at a 365, a goal for 2014 is to get back into my scrapbooking and telling our family story.

  27. Heather D

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and creativity! I’ve never done 365 before, but you have inspired me to try in 2014. My goal is to actually read the manual for my point and shoot 🙂 and try to learn the different things it can do. Obviously not as much as a dSLR, but more than I am currently using it for. Way back in the dark ages, I took a photography class that was required for my journalism degree. We had hand-held light meters and everything, but I don’t remember a thing from that class because I didn’t continue to practice! In a related goal, I’d like to learn to use my new Photoshop Elements 12 program to start digi scrapping. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge.

  28. I don’t ever want to use the auto setting! I, too, want to learn to use my camera indoors without the flash without all of my subjects looking like ghosts! I’m shooting with a canon rebel xsi.

  29. I am just looking to improve my photography. to see things with a new eye. to learn about my Dslr, and what I can do with it. I love being behind my camera, and sharing my passion with others. thank you for this new mission I am about to embark on for 2014.

  30. I work every night, so I am looking to fill my daytime hours with things that I can be creative with and get my juices flowing. I live in a beautiful area in Minnesota, and will not have a problem finding something to photograph. I did print of January’s list and making plans on how and where to get these shots, I am a big pre-planner.

  31. My photography goal for 2014 is to learn to shoot on manual for my indoor photos. No matter how I adjust the ISO, shutter speed, and so on, every shot comes out entirely too dark. I’m great on manual mode outdoors, but clearly I’m missing something when it comes to shooting indoors. I’ve taught myself so much since getting my D90 in May and participating in CY365 has really helped expand my knowledge, but maybe a photography class is in store for this year!

    • That’s a great goal for 2014 Jessica! I hope you are able to fit in that class this year too! In the meantime, you may want to read these two posts!



    • Shannon

      I am so glad that i am not the only one with exact same struggle!!

    • Crystal

      Wow! I am in the exact same boat!! I also have a D90 and have the same challenges with indoor photography. as I am just trying to learn everything on my own, I thought it was just me :). I would love to come out of 2014 with the knowledge of how to effortlessly adjust those settings indoor to capture the moment way I see it.

    • Adam D.

      Hey, Jessica – I have had similar issues, A trick I have used is changing the Metering so its only reading the light from the center, or Just switch to Aperture priority, their is no shame in letting the camera do some of the work for you especially if you don’t have time to change all your settings for a shot.


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