Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

On Monday, November 3, WordPress.com’s Blogging U. launches a free month-long photo-a-day course. Sign up today!

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On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals.

Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course

Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be someone who wants to participate in the daily posting madness of November, alongside NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo enthusiasts, in a more visual way. Self-hosted bloggers and photographers on other platforms are also welcome to join us.

The basics:

  • A month-long course, starting November 3 and ending November 28. Weekend participation is optional.
  • No prerequisites, other than your camera.
  • We love all devices! Use your cameraphone, compact point-and-shoot, dSLR, or other equipment. (You can shoot with a film camera, but note the suggested goal is to publish an image on your blog each day. Alternatively, film photographers are welcome to use the themes as inspiration, and all are free to participate in a way that works for you.)
  • The course tag is photo101, which you can use to connect with fellow participants and see their submissions in the Reader.
  • If you shoot mainly from your iOS or Android phone or tablet, download the WordPress app (for iOS | for Android) if you don’t already use it. We’ll also watch the wponthego tag for images you post from the app — we want to see your photography on the go!

What to expect each day:

  • New assignments are published on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT.
  • Each assignment includes a daily theme and tip to inspire you to take a picture and publish it on your blog. Browse our past Weekly Photo Challenges for the types of themes to expect.
  • The daily tip consists of basic shooting and editing advice: we might share tips on composition, working with different types of light, or cropping and rotating an image. Each tip complements the daily theme, but you don’t have to incorporate it into your shooting or posting process.
  • Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.
  • This course will remain separate from our Weekly Photo Challenges on Fridays. You can focus on this course, or participate in both.

Interested in joining Photography 101? Register now! If this course doesn’t sound right for you but you’re itching to join a Blogging U. course, consider Blogging 101, which focuses on the nuts and bolts of blogging. You can register for either course — or both — below.

You won’t receive an automated confirmation, but you’ll get a more detailed welcome email before the courses begin.

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  1. basiga

    I use the WP APP exclusively for all my posts and have been for over a year, since I started my blog. Can I tag my posts wponthego? I also love to post my email and audio and have come up with my own tags, but if there is a common threats, I would appreciate those tags as well. I use it all and am loving it.

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  2. sarahleelopez4377

    As an amateur in love with photography I am so excited about this! I cannot wait to participate!

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  3. PopNowlin

    Do we have to take the photos on the day we post them, or can we post photos we already have? Either way is fine, but some days the weather is better than others, and we don’t all live in California🙂

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    • Cheri Lucas Rowlands

      No, you don’t have to publish images on the day you take them — you’re free to interpret/use this course in a way that works for you.

      We really encourage you to go out and take *new* photographs, rather than flip through old albums of photos. But ultimately, you’re free to use these daily themes as you’d like, and if we simply inspire you to publish daily on your blog, that works🙂

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  4. emilievardaman

    I’d like to participate in the Photography 101 course.

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  5. dwaycrafts

    I’d like to join!

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  6. Dee

    Hi Cheri
    I’ve tried to complete the form but get a message that its not safe and my server throws me out. Can you advise how to register please?
    Thank you
    Dee

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  7. Charlotte Ortega

    This sounds great. Is there a cost and who is the kind course director?

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  8. dwaycrafts

    The link doesn’t work {Take our survey).

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  9. Galois

    Cheri: my blog is in Spanish. ¿I can participate?

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  10. epiclondonfood

    I would love to add a silhouette photo to my blog!

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  11. ...the Island Girl!

    I will be on travel for two of those weeks but able to check in daily. The posting of photos may come as a challenge since I currently do not have a mobile device to down/upload photos through while on travel. That COULD change though….I’m looking to resolve that issue. Currently, while I’m travelling, I just collect the photos and download them when I get home to process on my computer before uploading and posting. It’s a little archaic but it’s what it is for right now.

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  12. tenzin wangden

    How can I register to this challenge?

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  13. cattan2011

    Great ideas and concepts which unfortunately I won’t be able to join this challenge as it is daily basis theme. Will I able to read the post from the blog without joining it.

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  14. Saksham Mehrotra

    If anyone is unable to participate for some reason, then when will this and a course similar to BloggingU be held in the near future? Or does it occur every November?
    Thanks.

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    • Cheri Lucas Rowlands

      This is the first time this photo course will run, so we’ll see how it goes. From there, we’d likely run it again in the future, but I can’t say when just yet.

      Since November is a big month for daily writing, blogging, and posting, I suspect this course could run again next November. I also suspect it’d run again sooner than that🙂

      You’ll always learn about new Blogging U. courses and launches on The Daily Post: http://dailypost.wordpress.com.

      Thanks!

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      • Saksham Mehrotra

        Thanks a ton for the reply!🙂
        I was not able to make up my mind, whether to join right now or not, due to my studies. But I hope to not miss the opportunity the next time…🙂
        Thank you once again..🙂

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  15. handajohnson

    So glad I stumbled upon this! I just launched my blog yesterday so any information is greatly appreciated. Can’t wait for next week!

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  16. orples

    Please tell me you can post spontaneously in this contest. I’ve just now begun blogging again, and I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew, falling back into ‘overload’. Thus, I hesitate to commit to an endeavor I may not be able to finish. Too, my little Orple buddies keep sticking their noses into my photographs, so I have to ‘wait’ for them to catch up with me. Sometimes, their presence distorts the view due to editing. So tell, me, can we jump in here and there without penalty?

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  17. Camille

    I’m looking forward to participating in this course.

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  18. Khürt Williams

    Interestngly, the registration form does not display in the latest version of Google Chrome for Windows 7 but works fine in Internet Explorer 10 on the same computer.

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  19. ebinnion

    Reblogged this on Eric Binnion and commented:

    Excited that WordPress.com is hosting a photo a day course for the month of November. Sounds like the push I need to dust off the SLR that we bought and rarely ever use!

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  20. urpj01

    Just created a site and signed up for this course never done a blog before this will be the first time, but will also mean I will start to use my camera rather than being sat in cupboard and Hardly used. Thanks

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  21. florencestone

    Cool challenge

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  22. Victoria C. Slotto

    I signed up a while back and am really looking forward to participating. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  23. Ray Laskowitz

    This might be fun if I didn’t already do it. See laskowitzpictures. org. BTW, I’ve been shooting a picture a day for six years. It fills the gaps in between assignments, commissions and travel. Have fun with it. I always tell people that you’ll learn a lot about yourself.

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  24. Anna

    Looking forward to this course! I signed up for Blogging 101 as well…does that start at the same time? Thanks!

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  25. theworldisgoingnuts

    i will definitely like to participate in this course..what i have to do for this?

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    • Cheri Lucas Rowlands

      Hello there — if you’d like to participate, there’s a form at the bottom of the post. You can register, and just before the course begins, we’ll send a welcome email with more details on how it works. The daily assignments will be posted on this page on The Daily Post. (The benefit of registering is getting access to the private discussion site, where any feedback, comments, and interaction with other participants will happen.)

      Thanks for your interest!

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  26. Industrial / Organizational Dynamics

    Thanks for the insight.

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  27. hyperspacelogic

    I am a shutterbug, semi-pro status and am very excited about participating, especially since it begins on my birthday! Nice to see other enterprising individuals taking both Blogging and Photography 101. Can’t wait to see the photos this session will bring. Good luck!

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  28. lovekoanawangin

    I’m sure my wife will be happy for this one.

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  29. LifewithJazzy

    And how do you participate in the Photography 101 course?

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  30. Dennis

    Always nice to see more photography related challenges and courses. I’m always open for new inspiration🙂

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  31. Vlain

    This will be my first time doing this and I know nothing about photography but I just wanted to try it out and see happens…

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  32. MariaAndreson

    Interested in joining Photography 101. I want to learn some new expertise in photo designing.

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    • Cheri Lucas Rowlands

      Thanks for your interest! Not sure what you mean by “photo designing” — so, just to clarify, the course is intro-level, primarily focused on using daily themes and inspiration words to prompt you to take new and different kinds of photos. Along the way, there are basic tips on composition/framing, light, etc. — and some days later in the course focused on editing images with online tools/software.

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  33. onlyonebecky

    Can’t wait!

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  34. dyule2014

    Look like this is a course you need to sign up for.

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  35. Edible Reflections

    I’m so excited about this course. I love photography and really want to enhance my blog with amazing pictures……Is it 11/3 yet?🙂

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  36. mrsmrobinson2014

    I’m okay in taking pics, but I can always improve. Blogging is something new to me,so I’m curious about about what to learn.🙂

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  37. donavon

    Seems like a pretty cool course – can’t wait to try something exciting and new… Are there stipulations to this course?

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  38. Jennifer Nichole Wells

    Super excited about this!

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  39. sytei

    How to sign up

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  40. lifenspired

    I love taking pictures! I’m excited to give this a try!!

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  41. Anna

    This sounds wonderful, I’m really looking forward to seeing what pictures people will share.

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  42. Rambling Rose

    Hi … joining more as an observer/learner than participant – hoping to learn a bit as am not Saxby on photography:(

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  43. Robi

    Hi there. I tried signing up last week and again today but haven’t received an email.:/

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  44. Ralph @ TrainStorm

    The camera doesn’t love me – whether I’m in front or behind it! Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s efforts though.

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  45. dreamandflutter

    I signed up last week, but haven’t been added to the commons. I’ve signed up again via the form if that helps?

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  46. brassyblondie

    Just signed up for my very first blog. I am excited, confused and a lit bit scared. I appreciate all and any help I can get. Guess my first step is to provide a profile pic.

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  47. Morph.Queen

    I love to take snapshots.. I’m interested to join and learn how to take great photos..🙂

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  48. rasheed34

    Stunning photograph. I like it. Rasheed

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  49. {KK}

    My blog, keepingkadence, does not have access to the Commons? Can someone help?

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