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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (23-29 Aug ’09)

Weekly Assignment

We doubled it up this week with our Two for One assignment. The goal was to take two photos and change one key element between them. Our winners this week were people who used this technique really effectively to not only demonstrate a difference, but to use that difference in a creative way.

DPS assignment- 2-4-1 (by Joey the girl)DPS assignment- 2-4-1 (by Joey the girl)

Our winner this week was Joey the girl‘s shot of the water faucet (which also goes to show that even everyday household objects can be interesting). The key element that Joey the girl changed was the white balance. In the first shot, the white balance was set to auto, while in the second, it was set to cloudy. Our first runner up was Foto Phool‘s polar shift, which was a shot of a waterfall with the polarising filter turned 90 degrees in the second shot, which really cut down the glare and showed how effective rotating your polarising filter can be. And last, but not least wasZoomZoom‘s North and South America. In this shot, the point of focus changed between the two shots, so while the first figure was in focus in the first shot, the second figure was in focus in the second. The shot not only created a bit of humour, but also showed how changing what you focus on can change the meaning of a scene.

polar shift 22 (by rich.perron)

polar shift 11 (by rich.perron)Whether the weather. As usual, an overview of the rules. If you wish to participate in the mini-contest to have your photo featured on the blog, your photo needs to have been taken between 19 August – 2 September 2009. Your post in the assignment thread must include the words “Assignment: Weather” and the date that the photo was taken. Don’t forget to include the date, we’ve had to exclude a lot of great shots that would’ve otherwise been considered. And finally your EXIF should be intact, and it’s helpful if you can include some of the main settings used to take the picture (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc).

North America (by feldmannoam)

South America (by feldmannoam)

Next week’s assignment will be “School Days”.

Hot Threads

  • How to create artificial rays of light in Photoshop: Those rays of light may not always be visible in nature, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create them if that’s your thing. bomboman provides an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to create such rays of light.
  • DPS Meetup in WV, KY, and surrounding areas: If you’re a newsletter reader or a forum member in the WV/KY area and are interested a photowalk, pop on over to this thread and state your interest. Photowalks are a great chance to meet like minded people!
  • Who would you do a photoshoot with?: If you cold pick one person/celebrity/famous person to do a photoshoot with, who would it be any why? Come share your thoughts over in the forum.
  • Why live your life through a viewfinder?: One thread brought up a lot of discussion in the forums this week and it posed the question of when is taking photos taking away from enjoying the natural beauty of a place or new experiences. But on the other hand, isn’t there something to be said for having a reminder of these things as well? Feel free to join in the discussion over on the forums.
  • What would you do?: Another weekend means it’s time for another does of our weekly post-processing thread where you get the chance to edit another member’s photo. Whether you’re a pro or just starting to learn about post-processing, this thread is a great opportunity to learn how to edit photos.

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