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As the month of April finished, we also finished our series of black and white assignments with Adriana_G‘s Fishnets and a FooFoo dog. This photo had good, strong side lighting, but it didn’t overpower the detail that you could see in the fishnets. Not to mention, the addition of the dog just adds so much to the story (and make sure you read the description over on Flickr for a bit of flash fiction!). Well done everyone! This was a tough assignment, and there were some really stand out entries.
After such a dark assignment, we lightened the mood up this week with our newest assignment, Toys. Whether it’s your toys or your child’s toys, we want you to show us the lighter side of life and tap into your inner child. Although this assignment is easier, remember to consider things like lighting, composition, and backgrounds in your shots (along with the other things we’ve learned so far this year), to create something more than just a snapshot of a toy. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 28 April – 12 May 2010. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: Toys” 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, aperture, ISO, etc. Next week’s assignment will be Still Life. Still life photos are photos with a small group of inanimate subjects. In classic art, a still life gives you a lot of creative control over your subject because you have time to set up your subjects in a pleasing composition and plan your lighting. Learning how to take good still life shots can really improve your skills (and sales) in almost any area of photography including weddings, stock photos, and food photography. So give it a try and start photographing those still life shots.