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MCP Project 12: {Month One} Resolution

MCP Project 12 banner

Our 1st MCP Project 12 theme is:

*** Resolution ***

The word resolution can mean many things.  These theme “resolution” can involve the obvious New Year’s Resolution, as shown in my sample image or something far more complex.  Look for definitions online to help you brainstorm your theme.

Here are a few of the many definitions:

  • the act of resolving
  • the measurement of detail by a sensor of a camera
  • a judgement, verdict, or outcome
  • determination

Photo disclaimer: I quickly took the photo above while preparing this post.  We hope you will take time to be far more creative and artistic than a snapshot of a scale.  We are excited to see how you interpret this theme.

A few words about MCP Project 12:

Project 12 gives photographers the opportunity to take more photos, be creative and have fun. Hobbyist and professional photographers can join us by capturing images based on our monthly themes and share with the MCP community.

At the beginning of each month, for the next 12 months, we will introduce a theme on our blog. You will have up to a month to brainstorm, develop your ideas, and take your photos. If you prefer a weekly challenge, like Project 52, challenge yourself to use the theme in multiple ways.  You may upload up to four images per month.

To learn more details about Project 12, please visit the P12 Home Page.

Check back on the last day of January to see some featured images and get even more photo inspiration.


How to participate:

  • Enter a comment on the P12 Home Page Here and let us know you will be joining in. You can participate every month or just a few.
  • On each monthly Project 12 Blog post, this being the one for January, there will be a linky tool to submit your photo. Photos can be linked back to your Blog, Flickr or other photo hosting site.
  • Please read the Guidelines before starting.
  • You can see all photos on the blog post at the first of each month on the Linky Tools. Just click on the thumbnail images. You are welcome to leave a quick note or “like” for the photographer too, but unless they ask for critique, keep it simple.
  • While you work on your images, you are welcome to post photos to the MCP Facebook Wall and ask for advice and feedback from MCP fans. Alternatively you can post to the comment section of this Blog post with your photo(s) and ask for ideas, critique, etc from participants.  The most important way to grow your photography skills is to practice, practice, practice.  Now is your chance.

<<< Learn how to add your images here. >>>

Your images will show in this grid once you upload them. See our test image, the scale, to see how it works and looks:


<<< Get a MCP Project 12 banner for your blog. >>>


If there is something we did not cover above or on the Project 12 Home Page, please leave a comment in the “comment section.”  If your question is personal, you can also send an email at: [email protected].

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We want to thank our corporate sponsors for MCP Project 12, Tamron USA and MCP Actions.


If your company wants to take part in sponsoring MCP Project 12, please contact Jodi at [email protected]



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  1. January 2, 2012 at 9:21 am — Reply

    oooo…. thats a tuffy, good thing I have a month

  2. Kelli
    January 2, 2012 at 9:53 am — Reply

    This one is tough! Off to look for definitions:)

  3. Abbey
    January 2, 2012 at 10:52 am — Reply

    I cannot wait to start this

  4. January 2, 2012 at 11:08 am — Reply

    I’m in!

  5. Kim
    January 2, 2012 at 11:27 am — Reply

    I like the challenge! I am in 🙂

  6. Lisa Thayer
    January 2, 2012 at 11:44 am — Reply

    I LOVE it….but unlike most, I truly believe we should strive everyday to resolve to BE more, to achieve more, to NOT necessarily DO more as sometimes we need to strive to DO LESS, to be our best….so, I want to make daily ones. There’s no time like the present to make goals and reach for them. Why wait for more time to pass to start, fail, start again? Today is as good as any to make a new resolution for today!! 🙂 So, I am sure my photos will be a little random for some, but important for me to see. I am a visual person…so this is GOOD!

    Thank you for todays challenge!!!

  7. Linda L
    January 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Can you participate in the challenge if you are not a dslr camera owner? I have a new Canon SX230 HS and I just purchased PSE 10. Am I too much of a newbie to participate? LOL I don’t have a blog or a website either!! E-gads!! : ) BTW, one of my resolutions is to learn how to use the camera and the software!
    Linda L

    • January 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm — Reply

      Linda…of course you can participate! That is one of the reasons for the P12, is to help you grow as a photographers, either amateur or pro.

      While we don’t recommend it because of privacy issues on Facebook, you can still use it to link back your photo. Just make sure that your P12 album is visible to everyone.

      Good luck!!!

    • January 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm — Reply

      Yes – you can. We welcome any images taken with intent to meet the theme and that use thought and creativity. iPhones are fine too.

    • TLHarwick
      January 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm — Reply

      Please join the fun! Project 12 is open to everyone! Young, old, experienced and not! We cannot wait to see your entries; let us know if you have any questions!

      Project 12 Team Leader

  8. Toni Combs
    January 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm — Reply

    Sounds fun and just what I need to get my mind and camera moving! I’m in!

  9. January 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    I hope to participate! Thanks for the challenge!

  10. CJ
    January 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm — Reply


  11. January 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    I’m in.

  12. January 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    Count me in:)

  13. January 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    I’m in!

  14. January 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm — Reply

    Count me in!!!!!! Am loving the time frame of a month… I found that with the project 52, I would consider the theme for too long and leave myself short on time to actually shoot! Looking forward to this….. yay!

  15. Carrie
    January 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm — Reply

    I’m looking forward to Project 12. I started project 52 on fire last year but then found I just couldn’t keep up. This is more my pace 🙂

  16. January 3, 2012 at 12:57 am — Reply

    I will be participating!

  17. Melody
    January 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    I’m in. I’ve done several assorted 365’s and was a bit burned out. I was looking for something a little less demanding. This may just be it!

  18. January 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to start this!

  19. January 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    I think I’m going to try. Sounds fun.

  20. Dana
    January 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    Hoping to participate – looks much more manageable than the more frequent ones, so I like that.

    I see the grid of submitted photos above, will you be able to scroll through them or will they all open individual links? I’d like to be able to scroll through them at a good size to have a look at the ideas and captures.


  21. Amanda Buford
    January 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    I will be participating! I am really excited to challenge myself!

  22. Lindsey
    January 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    Sounds fun! I’m in!

  23. January 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    I’m in! This should be fun!

  24. Cathy Goutierrez
    January 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm — Reply

    I can’t wait to begin. I do have one question, do I need a blog and how do I get started with a blog, or can I just download my images from my comp. files?

    • January 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm — Reply

      you can host at a place like flickr. Or on a blog. See wordpress and blogger.

    • Deborah Vivona
      January 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm — Reply

      Go to flickr and sign up for a Free account. Then upload from your home computer to flickr. Having your photo on flickr, then gives EACH of your photos each owns URL address or link to share 🙂 Flickr is easy to learn to use 🙂

  25. Katie
    January 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm — Reply

    I am definitely getting in on this project. Why shouldn’t i add more to my plate? lol

  26. Rachel
    January 4, 2012 at 3:15 am — Reply

    I’m in! I tried the Project last year but never managed to upload any photos. I did follow along and learned a lot but I am looking forward to learning even more this year by participating!
    Thanks for putting all this together!

    • January 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm — Reply


      I hope that you’ll be uploading some photos this year! You are right that this is a great way to improve your skills!

  27. January 4, 2012 at 9:28 am — Reply

    cant wait to brainstorm

  28. January 4, 2012 at 9:33 am — Reply

    How fun! I do a 365 project and love the idea of this as it gives a theme to work on- cant wait to see what everyone comes up with

  29. January 4, 2012 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I’m in! Sounds exciting!

  30. January 4, 2012 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I’m in. Excited to participate, meet others, learn and grow.

  31. January 4, 2012 at 10:01 am — Reply

    […] Each month they will post a new theme. Its up to the photographer to interpret that as they like. For the month of January the theme is Resolution. […]

  32. Jolie
    January 4, 2012 at 10:03 am — Reply

    I hate relolutions because it stresses me out if I don’t keep them! This is a great challenge for me!

  33. January 4, 2012 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Once a month is a perfect pace…gives you more time to really think and brainstorm for the perfect shot of what you want to say.

  34. April Williams
    January 4, 2012 at 11:45 am — Reply

    Very excited to think on this one and get creative

  35. January 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    I love projects! Can’t wait to start brainstorming, submit and see what everyone else comes up with 🙂

  36. Kaylene
    January 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    How do you add your Like vote on an image. Cheers

    • TLHarwick
      January 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm — Reply

      “liking” an image is easy! Simply click on the word “like” under each photo!

      Project 12 Team Leader

  37. Rebekah
    January 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm — Reply

    I’m in! As long as I remember!

  38. Blancheska
    January 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm — Reply

    I’m in! Phooey for me! 🙂

  39. January 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Great project to get me focused again after the holidays!

  40. Lisa
    January 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm — Reply

    I’m in!!!!! yay

  41. StephanieB
    January 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to the challenge & seeing all the creativity from everyone!

  42. Jaymie
    January 5, 2012 at 1:36 am — Reply

    I’m in – looking forward to it!

  43. January 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    I have been wanting to do a photo challenge for quite some time. Nows the time! Excited!!!

    • January 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm — Reply


      We are looking forward to your participation!

      Melinda Harvey
      MCP Project 12 Team Leader

  44. January 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm — Reply

    I am so in! Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge.

  45. channy watts
    January 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm — Reply

    im in too!!

  46. January 6, 2012 at 2:13 am — Reply

    I’m going to give it a try!

  47. Cathy Rosemann
    January 6, 2012 at 5:56 am — Reply

    I am excited to take on this challange. One of my New Years Resolutions is to improve my picture taking stills. This sounds like a lot of fun!

  48. Jodi Jakeway
    January 6, 2012 at 10:30 am — Reply

    I’m in!

  49. Jules
    January 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    I’m in. Thanks for the challenge!!

  50. Ingrid
    January 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to it!

  51. Dixie Kelly
    January 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    I’m excited about developing new skills. Great time to begin.

  52. January 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    Okay, so I linked my photo/ collage incorrectly the first time I put it on (to my blog, but not he original post), but I have NO idea how to delete it. So I went ahead and added the pic again. If you would like to delete the original (or tell me how to delete it) please do, it’s #84. Thanks, and sorry! :~)

    • TLHarwick
      January 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm — Reply

      No worries Heather! We’ve got it covered!

  53. January 7, 2012 at 4:56 am — Reply

    awesome projest! i’m in!

  54. January 7, 2012 at 6:34 am — Reply

    What a great idea, a monthly challenge sounds just perfect!!!

  55. Jason Foto
    January 7, 2012 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Great idea!

  56. Carrie
    January 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    This is a great way to start 2012!

  57. Nancy
    January 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    I am a beginning photographer and would love to participate. There is so much for me to learn.

  58. Leanne
    January 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm — Reply

    Gonna give it a try 🙂

  59. Tammy Bilodeau
    January 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    Can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

  60. shelma lewis
    January 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm — Reply

    Being a new to photography I need structure. MCP Project 12 should do the trick. Stay focused – stay focused – practice – practice – practice! Looking forward to having fun with my camera.

  61. Crystal
    January 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    I’m a complete newbie. This is a challenge for me. I’m in!

  62. Kimelayne
    January 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    I’m joining ! So excited about this…….

  63. January 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm — Reply

    I’m in!! I may not be able to keep up with it but am thankful it’s only monthly so I have a shot at it 🙂

  64. Suzanne
    January 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    This is a great challenge! Count me in.

  65. January 9, 2012 at 1:08 am — Reply

    I am finding it more difficult/time consuming to look at other people’s pictures to give feedback. Since we are not using Flicker as a group for the contest, I have to enter and exit different people’s web site, block, or flicker photostream to see the picture. This takes much more time to do. It was more straight forward and practical during the MCP 52 project. What are your thoughts on this new way of organizing the contest? I don’t mean to be critical, just wanted to give feedback as a member of the contest. I’m not as likely to give feedback in this kind of process. Live the challenge of the contest though. It holds me accountable to be creative with my photography.

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am — Reply

      We welcome feedback. I am sorry you are not finding it as easy. For those hosting on flickr – you would be able to click on their image and it takes you to flickr. We had many last year who did not have or want flickr so they could not participate. This opened up more options for all to join in.

      Also, flickr has strict guidelines. You cannot link to your website or blog if you sell a product or service. So our flickr group was very disconnected from our site/blog. We wanted to bridge those connections so we can do some future giveaways and other fun stuff related to MCP Project 12.

      Does that make sense? If you have ideas centered around this, We welcome them.

      Thanks – Jodi

    • Cindy W
      January 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm — Reply

      I very much agree with you, Terry. However, I do understand Jodi’s point of view; I’m sure it makes more sense business-wise. I am finding it frustrating to try to view photos from all over and needing to move in and out of websites. I sure appreciate anyone that hosts something like this. . .it has to be time-consuming. I will keep checking back to view photos as I can, but realistically won’t be able to view and comment as before. I realize what’s harder for me may be easier for others, so that’s great! You can’t please them all, and just the effort put forth to do this is to be highly commended. Keep up the great work, Jodi. You are a true asset to the photography community.

  66. January 9, 2012 at 6:45 am — Reply

    Hi, my entry is #135, I think I did something *goofy* when I approved the crop? The photo is showing as a red ex on this blog. Do I need to re-do it? Sorry for the hassle.

    • TLHarwick
      January 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm — Reply

      I will take a look at it!

      Project 12 Team Leader

  67. Christa
    January 9, 2012 at 9:46 am — Reply

    Hi! I am excited about this project and it’s a great way to improve my photography skills! My husband got me a great new camera for Christmas and I am so excited to develop my skills!

  68. January 9, 2012 at 11:50 am — Reply

    One picture every month should be manageable.

    At least, I will give it a try 🙂

  69. January 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    I’m up for it.

  70. January 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm — Reply

    So excited to be joining this year! Didn’t have time last year due to working on launching my photography business. Now that things are more settled looking forward to the challenge and being a part of MCP Project 12.

  71. Becky
    January 11, 2012 at 8:19 am — Reply

    Oh this will be fun. I’m in!

  72. January 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    Watched Project52 from the side lines. Looking forward to participating in Project12!

  73. Jennifer
    January 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm — Reply

    Ok, I am having SUCH a HARD time uploading my picture. That’s me, #’s 201, 202 & 203.

    What am I doing wrong??????



  74. January 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm — Reply

    I’m in! I’m #207 and more to come in the next few days)!
    Looking forward to learning, being inspired, and inspiring others! Thanks!

  75. sabin photography
    January 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    im in

  76. Deborah Vivona
    January 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    You saw my progress all 52 weeks in 2011… you haven’t lost me yet! 🙂 I’m in, again, with photos from Gram and her G.kids, my free range hens, the cat and now a new puppy!!! See what CATCHES MY EYE this year! It will be fun! Thanks!

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm — Reply

      Welcome back! I hope you have a good year with the project and we look forward to seeing your pictures.

      Melinda Green Harvey
      MCP Project 12 Team Leader

  77. Jill Byrd
    January 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I am a late for this month but very interested in doing this!!! Thanks so much

  78. Deborah Vivona
    January 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    As I posted “I’m in” , I’m not! 🙁 I have read everything for 2 hours…I tried to copy & paste my flickr link of my post photo as well as my blog (just the photo link on my blog)… and I keep getting in RED:
    “A valid internet address is required.”
    WHAT am I doing wrong????

  79. Amber Wilson
    January 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm — Reply

    I will be participating monthly! =)

  80. January 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm — Reply

    I am sorry the site and blog has been down. I hope everyone can start adding their photos again today. Thanks for participating.


  81. Sunshine Collums
    January 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    I am going to give this a try.. Hope I do well.

  82. Tammy
    January 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    I think I’m going to do this?

  83. January 19, 2012 at 10:23 am — Reply

    I’d like to participate in MCP-12

  84. Paula
    January 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    Going to give it a try! Took a while to figure out how to upload the photo, as I do not blog, and am new to this! But it is up, so I am diving in,…

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm — Reply

      Welcome to the project! I hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to seeing your photographs.

      Melinda Green Harvey
      MCP Project 12 Team Leader

  85. January 20, 2012 at 10:53 am — Reply

    In attempting to add my photo, there was a repeated error… I’m so sorry for the duplicate entries, I could not determine how to remove those, my bad 🙁

  86. January 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    I’m in!

  87. January 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    Will the picture show up in the grid right away after it is uploaded, or is there a delay? I think I loaded my image but I’m not seeing it. I didn’t want to try again and end of loading a duplicate if it’s just a matter of waiting. Thanks!

    • January 22, 2012 at 8:41 am — Reply

      Took a little while, but I see it now. Thanks!

      • MCP Project 12
        January 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm — Reply

        I am glad it worked. It does seem like it takes a minute or two to show up after the upload!


  88. January 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Will give it a try, 3 other projects as well but I want to stretch myself because I was very lazy last year.

  89. Mia
    January 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    maybe I will do this

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm — Reply

      I’d like to encourage you to participate! It’s easy to upload your images, and it’s a good way to work on your photography skills!

      Melinda Green Harvey
      MCP Project 12 Team Leader

  90. January 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    Never joined in on things like this, but it’s a great way to make our minds think! Looking forward to joining in!

  91. Prettyprincessjen
    January 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    I’m in!

  92. Jenni Richey
    January 24, 2012 at 1:10 am — Reply

    I am so in! I have lots of thinking to do!!

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm — Reply

      We look forward to seeing your photos!

      Melinda Green Harvey
      MCP Project 12 Team Leader

  93. January 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm — Reply

    In… First time for anything like this – Bravery and Confidence to the list of resolutions too I suppose.

  94. January 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    OK here we go, This is my first time doing something like this I hope to gain some experience and insight through the year with this project 🙂

  95. January 28, 2012 at 9:53 am — Reply

    It looks like several photos that were entered during the month are missing, including mine. Is there a time period for them to display or did something happen that removed them?

  96. January 28, 2012 at 9:56 am — Reply

    Never mind. I found the other photos. LOL

  97. January 28, 2012 at 10:32 am — Reply

    My apologies for the double entry. My thumbnail didn’t load properly the first time. 🙂

  98. Jayne
    January 28, 2012 at 11:50 am — Reply

    So sorry – I mistakenly put three copies of my picture. It was giving me error messages – and I didn’t know it was actually adding it each time. Won’t happen again 🙂

    • TLHarwick
      January 29, 2012 at 10:08 am — Reply

      No worries Jayne!
      We’ve got you covered!

      Trish Harwick
      Project 12 Team Leader

  99. January 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    I’m in 🙂

  100. January 29, 2012 at 1:19 am — Reply

    I would like to give it a go!

  101. PhotoClaire
    January 29, 2012 at 9:50 am — Reply

    I went through the submission process and nothing seems to be showing up!! :/

    • TLHarwick
      January 29, 2012 at 10:06 am — Reply

      I am sorry you are having difficulty! I believe I did see a photo submitted by you though. It will take a few minutes for the photo to show up on the Linky “roll” here on the blog after you submit it. Let me know if you need additional help.


  102. Ruth Young
    January 29, 2012 at 10:57 am — Reply

    I am having touble submitting a photo. Nothing happens when I click on either of the 3 links 🙁 Do I have to have a website?

  103. Ann Marie Hubbard
    January 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm — Reply

    #378 “Laying It Down”
    enough said

  104. January 30, 2012 at 7:17 am — Reply

    it seems that I didn’t include a comment here, but I want to be in!!! It is so fun!
    I can’t wait for next month!

  105. Tricia
    January 30, 2012 at 9:20 am — Reply

    #385 – I’m not sure why my image isn’t showing up (linked to my blog), but I clicked on the X and it took me to my blog with the submission.

  106. Tricia
    January 30, 2012 at 9:20 am — Reply

    #385 – I’m not sure why my image isn’t showing up (linked to my blog), but I clicked on the X and it took me to my blog with the submission.

  107. January 31, 2012 at 2:04 am — Reply

    Last minute submission, but glad I made it 🙂

  108. January 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm — Reply

    #426 and #427 I am finally posting my images on the very last day of the month. I happy to be a part of MCP Project 12 I am looking forward to greatly improving my photography skills with this project.
    426 image of my daughter for my resolution to smile and laugh more, and 427 Resolution to wear my favorite pink shoes more.

  109. February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Yikes…..I didn’t get mine posted in time but I will next month. My resolution is to learn my camera’s manual modes so that I DON’T have to pack my book with me when I want to change my settings. This month I learned to “bracket” so I can do a little HDR.

  110. February 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    Here’s one:

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