Whether you are looking into wedding/engagement photography or just want a nice shot of your parents on their anniversary, shooting a couple is a little more difficult than single portraiture. And that’s why our assignment for this week was Draycat;s “Pregnant Couple”. This was a shot that really seemed to capture the couple’s personalities. And the black and white was really nice and clean with a good balance of tones.
Our newest assignment is Bridges. The first thing that comes to mind is probably architectural structures crossing rivers and roads, but you can also think about bridges in a more abstract way. The word bridge comes up in music, on ships, anatomy, even in dentistry. There are also phrases- “burning one’s bridges”- that might get you thinking creatively. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 15-29 September 2010. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: Bridges” and the date the photo was taken to show that it is eligible to be included in the mini-contest. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main pouts like camera, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. Next week we’ll be starting our Street Photography assignment.
Photography Books: One way to learn about photography is through the use of books. Whether they’re technique and skill books, coffee table books for inspiration, or even magazines, all of them can be helpful for learning. What books and magazines would you recommend for the new photographer? Come give your suggestions over in the forums.
How Do You Shoot (Auto, Manual, Program, etc): Sometimes it seems like everyone only shoots manual. But is that really true? We’ve had a few discussions about this before, but maybe you’ve changed your shooting style or maybe you just want to know that there are others out there who don’t always shoot in manual. Come share your shooting mode and see how others shoot over in the forums.
Do You Consider Post-Processing to be Part of the “Art”?: It’s probably a question as old as time, but that doesn’t make the discussion less valid, because although many of us have come to our own conclusions of the matter that doesn’t mean that others aren’t still struggling with it. So do you think it’s part of the art or is it an art of it’s own? Come share your thoughts.
Jpg Is Better Quality than RAW?: Well, this thread is related in a way to the one above it. But, do you find sometimes that shooting Jpg give you better picture quality than when you’re shooting RAW? There are benefits to both RAW and Jpg, but are Jpgs inherently going to be of better quality or is it just a matter of learning what works for you and how to work with a new format?
Print Packaging Questions: Not to focus entirely on the new photographer this week, we have a question for those starting out selling photos and how you package them. What is the best way to package photos to send and where do you get the supplies? Come share your knowledge over on the forum.