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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (18-24 Apr ’10)

Weekly Assignment

Day 103-Riders (by tthw)We finished another one of our assignments in our month of black and white, jase_9‘s “Autumn Leaf”. Although this one does feature a lot of grey, there is still a lot of contrast in the shot. Another benefit of high contrast shots is that it can actually bring out a lot of detail, as you can see here. Well done everyone!

Autumn Leaf (by Jase_9)

92/365 Royal Flush (by pontydoc)

B&W (by shmelly50)

We also started another black and white assignment and this week is Black and White: 10 Minutes from Home. Like our previous 10 minutes from home assignment, we want you to go exactly 10 minutes from home using your chosen mode of transportation (bike, car, feet, whatever), then take a shot. It doesn’t matter if a better shot is just a minute further down the road, we want you to be 10 minutes from home. As usual, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 14-28 April 2010. Second, your photo must include the words “B&W-Ten Minutes from Home” 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, such as camera, lens, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and white balance. Next week, will be our final week in Black and White April, and as such, the assignment is Film Noir. Film Noir is french for “black film” and this is an assignment that probably requires a little more preparation than your typical assignment shot. Both mood and lighting are important aspects of this assignment, as is creating a story. Check out the top post in the assignment for some helpful links about creating film noir shots. Good luck!!

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