This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (1-7 Aug ’10)
We started a set of motion assignments last week, and this week we finished up the first one, Water in Motion. As was to be expected, we saw a lot of waterfalls, a lot of water moving in sinks, but there were a few that really stood out, mainly because there was something different about them. Our winner this week was edrunyon‘s Self Portrait (a.k.a. Washing the Day Away). There are rare times where selective colour can work, and this is one of them. The idea that the grey is being washed away was conveyed really well. The water was exposed well, and the expression was great. It was something different from the usual. Our first runner up was Kathy G‘s Detergent. The play of the red and green along with the motion of the bubbles and water flowing out really work well. This shot made an ordinary item look very eye catching. And last, but not least was AlliBear17‘s Streams of Water. This night shot was quite interesting, and the silky streams of water really looked great. We know it was a tough subject, so well done everyone.
We started the second of our two motion assignments this week as well, and this week we’re looking at Motion Blur: People or Animals. We want you to show us people or animals moving in the shot this week. And that can sound pretty easy, since, well… sometimes our subjects move when we don’t want them too… but how do you make your subject moving really work for the photo while keeping the background sharp and in focus? It’s a tricky one to get right. And as always, a quick reminder of the assignment rules whether you’re new or old to participating. First, your photo must have been taken between 28 July – 11 August 2010. Second, your photo must be posted in the Motion Blur: People or Animals thread. Third, you must include the words “Assignment: Motion Blur: People or Animals” and the date that the photo was taken if it is eligible and you want it included in the contest. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main points, such as camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. Next week’s assignment is Celebrate! Whether you’ve just had a birthday, want to celebrate cleaning out a closet, or losing albs, show us what you have to celebrate about and show us how you celebrate. We want to see shots that shout celebration!
- How do I get a Blue Sky with Clouds?: Sometimes it can seem like the holy grail, actually getting the sky and your subject exposed right. It seems that it’s either the sky with a dark subject or the subject with a white sky. So, how do you get both of them exposed right? Come read some hints, see some tips, and of course, share your own if you have them.
- Workflow: What Do You Do?: Having a good workflow is often considered quite important in digital photography. So important, in fact, that there are multiple books on there about managing your workflow and all your digital files. Come over to the forum and share your workflow, how you manage your files, and how you work through them all.
- The Secret Cult of M – Manual Mode: Sometimes it seems like if you don’t shoot in manual mode, you’re not a real photographer. Now, of course, we all know that’s not really the case. But what is it that makes people act like if you’re not in the Cult of M, you aren’t a real photographer? Come share your thoughts over in the forum.
- Crop Factor and Perspective: It’s pretty common to hear about the crop factor and how it relates to your field of view and the apparent focal length of the lens, but how does it relate to perspective? Or does it even relate to perspective? If you’ve ever wondered, you might want to head on over to this thread.
- What Do You Do With Your Personal Photos?: This is a question for all the professional photographers out there, but it an just as easily apply to anyone. One forum member wants to know what you do with the photos that you take for fun? Do they stay on your computer? Do you print them? Do you scrapbook? Come share what you do with your photos that are just for you.