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

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Weekly Assignment

This week we asked you to put away your usual camera (unless your cell phone is your usual camera), for our Cameraphone Shots assignment. Camera phones can provide results that range from being crisp as a normal camera to having a distinctively lo-fi effect. And when it comes down to it, all of these types of images can be interesting in the right situation. Our winners this week really used their gear to the fullest, and this week we have one of my favourite sort of results: none of the winners had more than 100 posts. The reason I really like these kind of results is that it goes to show that you don’t have to be a frequent contributor to the forums to have a chance to have your photo featured. In fact, our runner-up this week has only 1 post! But before we get to that, this week’s winner was Dr_Drill.

Dr_Drill‘s lovely landscape of Rawson Lake in Canada, taken with an iPhone. This is a big picture for a little phone. And wow, what a landscape it is. The low clouds, the snow, the texture of the hills, and to top it all off, the reflection in the lake. It seems almost the quintessential image of Canada. Overall, it’s a wonderful shot that many people would struggle to capture even with a DSLR. Nicely done!

Our first runner up was mryakima. With their first post on the forum, they posted this lovely sunflower image, taken with a Samsung Galaxy S. The vibrant colours and a pleasing composition really made this one stand out. The golden tones in the flowers are lovely, and you can really tell that it’s sunrise with the colours in the sky. It all really comes together nicely.

Now, a camera phone assignment wouldn’t be complete without at least one photo that makes use of the Lo-Fi trend made popular by apps such as Hipstamatic. ebojorq‘s birthday shot does just that. Even with the Lo-Fi processing, the photo still captures the joy of the moment, and in fact, the processing adds some really interesting colour to the scene as well.

Nicely done everyone!

This week also marked the start of our Horizons assignment. We want you to take a landscape shot with a particular emphasis on the horizon, making it the focus of your image. Cityscapes, mountains, lakes, oceans and tree lines can all make for interest at the horizon. Try using the lighting to your advantage as well and consider shooting at different times of day. And of course, make sure those horizons are horizontal. As always, a quick reminder of the rules though. First, your photo must have been taken between 7 and 21 September 2011. Second, your post must include the word “Horizons” and the date the photo was taken. 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, and aperture.

Next week we will start our Interior Photography: Rooms assignment. Whether you are taking a shot of a room in your house to show off a change or to sell, with real estate photography you may find that there is a lot more to taking a good shot than just a simple snapshot. Lighting, lens choice, perspective, and reflections are al things to keep in mind. You may even find yourself rearranging furniture or adding additional accessories to create interest. For more information and suggestions for reading, make sure to check the description in this thread

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Nicole

is a DPS Forum moderator and keen photographer from New Zealand. See her Flickr account.

  • Britt

    Wow those are so much better than I’ve ever taken on my phone! Really wonderful examples that prove its the photographer not the camera that makes the shot.

  • http://tweed360.com.au/2011/09/13/mash/

    mobography lends itself to couchogrophy

  • DrDrill

    Thank you for choosing my photo! It is an absolute honour and I appreciate it! DPS is a fantastic resource for an amateur photographer and I have learned so much from the articles and the forum. Thanks again!

  • Efrain

    Hey!!! I went offline for a week and this ia the first I read from DPS. What a thrill!! Thanks for choosing my pic as a runner up!! It surely motivates me!!

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  • Efrain September 26, 2011 12:59 am

    Hey!!! I went offline for a week and this ia the first I read from DPS. What a thrill!! Thanks for choosing my pic as a runner up!! It surely motivates me!!

  • DrDrill September 19, 2011 09:10 am

    Thank you for choosing my photo! It is an absolute honour and I appreciate it! DPS is a fantastic resource for an amateur photographer and I have learned so much from the articles and the forum. Thanks again!

  • Scott MC September 18, 2011 06:08 am

    http://tweed360.com.au/2011/09/13/mash/

    mobography lends itself to couchogrophy

  • Britt September 18, 2011 05:13 am

    Wow those are so much better than I've ever taken on my phone! Really wonderful examples that prove its the photographer not the camera that makes the shot.

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