This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (11-17 Apr ’10)

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Weekly Assignment

Nature 2 (1 of 1) (by phillj10)For our first week of Black and White April, our assignment was kristin28630‘s azaleas. We liked the lighting in this, and how the black and white treatment made the details stand out. The flowers really suited this sort of treatment.

Transparency BW (by luv my pups)Black and White Leaf (by N3squick)We are continuing our month of black and white assignments with this week’s assignment with this article on the DPS Blog. If you’re looking for more general tips on black and white photos, check out the first post of this week’s assignment. As usual, a quick rundown of the rules for participating in the mini-contest. First, your photo must have been taken between 7-21 April 2010. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: High Contrast Black and White” and the date that the photo was taken. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main points, and possibly some information about the post-processing, especially in an assignment like this. Next week’s assignment will be B&W – 10 Minutes From Home. If you look back, about 2 years ago we had a 10 minutes from home assignment. This is the black and white version of it. For this assignment, we want you to go exactly 10 minutes from home (regardless of how you travel), and shoot what’s there. Not 9 minutes, not 11 minutes, just 10 minutes, regardless of whether there’s a better shot a few feet down the road.

Hot Threads

  • Searching For My Inner Photographer: Whether you’re coming back to photography after a break, new to photography after switching from film, or just new to photography altogether, you might sympathize with this thread. In this thread, a forum member wants to know how you can reconnect with the inner photographer and whether or not you feel like you’re starting all over again when you make the transition to digital. Come share your thoughts and experiences in the thread.
  • Best Method to Get Better: Whether you’ve reconnected with your inner photographer or you’re just getting started, you might be wondering how to get better. This question was posed in the forum recently. Come share your thoughts on the best ways to improve your skill with a camera.
  • Do You Ever?: One way that you can get better with your camera is to practice with it. So, do you ever just sit around with your camera, turning the dials or flipping through the menus, and generally just practicing without taking pictures? If not, maybe it’s worth a try, and for those who feel they’re confident with their cameras, why not come share how you got to there.
  • What Pro Photographer Do You Look Up To?: So, once you start getting to know your camera and reconnecting (or connecting) with that inner photographer, you may start looking to others for inspiration. This is the kind of question the comes up every once in a while, but it never really gets old as our skills and aspirations change. So come join us over in the forums and tell us which photographers you look up to.
  • Let’s Count to Ten: While WWYD is on break this week due to lack of photos, there are plenty of other games / challenges to highlight. This particular game challenges you to find photos of items that have the right number of subjects in them. The photos go from 1 to 10, and then start back over at 1. Check the thread to see what number we’re up to and try to find a shot of your own to keep the thread going.

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  • reham

    excellent site and amazing photos. thank you.

  • Fantastic way for me to see textures differently. I try to do each lesson I see.

  • Hey, thanks for listing my post as one of the Hot Threads!

  • Black and white photos are timeless they are classic and have a depth that often seems lost in color photos.

  • I feel this is great digital camera reviews site.

  • Bill

    All of these photos are great. The first and third place photos are certainly open to much interpretation. With great credit to the photographer, the second place photo just doesn’t meet the B&W standard for the subject. The aperture was great, but ISO 400 was too high. This photo would’ve been better at a much lower ISO, hence slower shutter speed, a tripod should’ve been used to capture the detail in the leaf. I’m not an expert a B&W photography, but I did a lot of reading (most from the links provided by DPS) and this photo doesn’t match up.

  • Jane

    But photography is about breaking the rules! And it may’ve been too windy for a longer shutter

Some Older Comments

  • Jane June 17, 2010 05:28 am

    But photography is about breaking the rules! And it may've been too windy for a longer shutter

  • Bill April 20, 2010 04:15 am

    All of these photos are great. The first and third place photos are certainly open to much interpretation. With great credit to the photographer, the second place photo just doesn't meet the B&W standard for the subject. The aperture was great, but ISO 400 was too high. This photo would've been better at a much lower ISO, hence slower shutter speed, a tripod should've been used to capture the detail in the leaf. I'm not an expert a B&W photography, but I did a lot of reading (most from the links provided by DPS) and this photo doesn't match up.

  • Digital Desires April 19, 2010 11:14 pm

    I feel this is great digital camera reviews site.

  • Horse Gifts April 18, 2010 10:55 pm

    Black and white photos are timeless they are classic and have a depth that often seems lost in color photos.

  • Barbara April 18, 2010 07:42 am

    Hey, thanks for listing my post as one of the Hot Threads!

  • Dee Wells April 18, 2010 02:27 am

    Fantastic way for me to see textures differently. I try to do each lesson I see.

  • reham April 18, 2010 01:48 am

    excellent site and amazing photos. thank you.

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