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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (13-19 Jun ’10)

Weekly Assignment

Steady (by ktsdz)This week was we finished up the first of a series of more composition-based assignments with our hawthorne17‘s little girls. This shot is an example of how a dutch angle can be used to create a feeling of whimsy and fantasy rather than seriousness and tension. Great colours and a fun composition really made this one stand out to us. Well done everyone!

Dutch Angle (by businessdog)Fantasy Shoot (by DanielleHuddlestonPhoto graphy)We also started another composition-based assignment this week. We want you to get down low for our this blog post.

Hot Threads

  • Continuous Shooting or Anticipation?: When you’re taking action shots of people or animals moving, it can be hard to get the right shot, the right focus, and the right timing. So how do you get these things? Do you try to anticipate the action or do you just spray and pray? Come share your tips for getting good action shots and accomplishing the balance between continuous shooting and anticipation.
  • 10 Couples Photography Tips: Have you ever been asked to take photos of a couple? What happens if you’re not a portrait photographer? You might say “no” or you might decide to try it anyway. But if you’re looking for some tips, why not start out over in this thread where there are 10 tips for taking photos of couples. Why not add a few more if you have some?
  • Underexposed Indicator Blinking in Manual Mode: When you start learning external lighting, there are a lot of new things to learn about. One of those things is figuring out how to meter your shots. You might find that your camera’s meter tells you that your shot is underexposed when in reality, with the lights it’s not. But then how do you compensate for that when your camera’s meter tells you one thing and the shot tells you something else? Come read the advice and add your own over in the forums.
  • 5 Steps to Better Composition: One of the main things you want to consider (especially when you’re just starting out) is how to compose your shot. There are a number of different things you can do when you’re composing a shot to get a “pleasing” shot. But don’t forget, just because there are various rules of composition doesn’t mean that there aren’t situations when it’s helpful to break the rules. In order to do this effectively though, you’ll probably want to know what rules you’re breaking since it will make it even easier to learn why and how it works.
  • How to Ask Someone to Model for You: If you’re trying to get into portrait photography, one of the difficult parts might be getting people to actually model for you. After all, you don’t want to be creepy, and it can be kind of nerve wracking, so how in the world do you get people to agree to let you photograph them? Come read the hints in this thread and add your own to help people who are struggling to get models.

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