This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (2-8 Jan '11)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (2-8 Jan ’11)

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Weekly Assignment

Pastry BoxAfter an extra long chance for people to submit their entries, we finished up the duna‘s chilli Christmas. It was a simple shot, and the colours were great. It was kind of a twist on the usual sort of thing you see at Christmas time, using chilli peppers instead of ornaments, a great way to use food in a photograph. Well done everyone!

DPS Assignment: Holiday Foodcheckerboard cookiesIt’s that time of the year again where we look back on all that we’ve done and all that we’ve photographed. And that’s why we have our current assignment, assignment thread must include both the date the photo was taken and the words “Assignment: Best of the Year – 2010”. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can post some of the main points, such as camera, lens, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc. Our next assignment is Brand New. We want you to show us what Brand New means to you. It’s a new year, and a new start, so what better way to kick off the new year.

Hot Threads

  • Tips for Older Lenses: Whether you’re a fan of older lenses or not, sometimes older lenses can be a real bargain. But they don’t always have all the features that we’re used to on newer lenses, like auto focus. So, how do you get the best out of old manual lenses on today’s cameras? Come share your tips and read other people’s tips over on the forum.
  • Shaped Bokeh: Have you ever seen those photographs where the out of focus areas are shaped like something else, and then wondered how that was done? Christmas time seems to bring a lot of these sort of photographs out because the Christmas lights are helpful in creating the look. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s done or if you’ve done it yourself and want to share, why not drop by this thread over on the forums.
  • 365’s and Other Projects: Finally, the new year also tends to get a lot of people starting on a Photo a Day project, otherwise known as a “365”. If you’ve started a 365 or if you’re working on another project you might be interested in heading over to the forum that we have that’s dedicated to 365’s and other photography projects. It’s a great place to share your project!

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