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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (18-24 Sep ’11)

Weekly Assignment

This week’s assignment over in the forums focused on Horizons. We saw all kinds of horizons this week, but a few stood out. In particular we were looking for shots where the horizon was the main subject. There were a number of lovely landscapes that had a horizon, but the focus was really on the foreground to make the shot more interesting. Our winners made sure to focus on the horizon.

Our winner this week was dulceylima‘s Orchard Lake. This was one of the reflection shots that really let us focus on the horizon. It had a very nice reflection and the muted colours were very soothing.

Crab Orchard Lake September.jpg

Our first runner up was’s FlyingKiwiGirl‘s stormy sky. Although this shot used water, it didn’t focus on reflections to create interest at the horizon. The way the light created a line along the horizon made it really stand out.

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (18-24 Sep '11)

And last, but not least was devel‘s grassy field. Although the colour palette seems almost surreal, the low horizon really worked well here.

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (18-24 Sep '11)

We also started our Interior Photography: Rooms assignment this week. Perhaps you are taking a shot of a room in your home to show off a recent change or maybe you are interested in real estate photography. If you’ve tried it, you know there is more to making a room look it’s best than a simple snapshot. Lighting, lens choice, perspective, and reflections are all things to keep in mind. Look at your room carefully, check to see if you need to rearrange furniture or add some textural interest. Accessories work, too, but don’t overdo it. Colorful accents (fruit, flowers, pillows) or an open book, for example. Should the windows be covered or will the natural light add something to your shot? Do you have a focal point you want to emphasize: a fireplace, a large window, an inviting chair? Don’t forget to remove distracting clutter. Think about the feeling you want to give the room: warm and inviting, artistic, cozy, sleek and modern, among others. Try looking at it from the view of trying to sell this place. As always though, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 14 and 24 September 2011. Second, your post must include the words “Interior Photography: Rooms” 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.

Our next assignment will be Stressed. Sometimes it just feels like there’s too much to do and not nearly enough time. So next week, grab your camera and show us what stress looks like to you.

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