This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (26 Jun - 2 Jul '11)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (26 Jun – 2 Jul ’11)

Weekly Assignment

We finished up the Horizontal Lines assignment this week. Horizontal lines can be used to draw the eye to the subject or just help create a stronger composition. Our winners this week all managed to use horizontal lines to create interesting and visually stimulating shots.

Our winner this week was abanakas‘ “Bird on a Wire”. It’s a simple image and there’s a strong element of a horizontal line. The negative space also works especially well here to lend it an almost graphic quality.

Our first runner up was habkb‘s “Kissing on a Misty Bridge”. In this photo the horizontal line almost seems to provide an anchor for the shot and draws your eye to the kissing couple. The human element also really just makes the shot here too. It’s good to keep in mind that just because the focus is on lines doesn’t mean that people have to be totally excluded.

And last, but not least was MOmilkman‘s shot of flowers and barbed wire. In this case, the horizontal lines transform the nature of the image bringing a different type of human element. They also serve to frame the flowers.

Well done everyone!

We also started the last of our lines assignments this week with Vertical Lines. By now you might be sick of using lines in your photography, but hopefully you see how they can help to create a stronger image. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 22 June – 6 July 2011. Second, your photo must include the words “Vertical Lines” and the date the photo was taken. Finally, it’s helpful if you can include some of the relevant EXIF such as camera, lens, aperture, ISO, etc. For the full rules don’t forget to check the first post of the assignment thread.

With both Canada Day and the 4th of July in the US, our theme for our next assignment is Independence. Think about what independence means to you. Whether it has to do with your country or you, it’s up to you to decide. And if you can work in horizontal, diagonal, or vertical lines, all the better. Good luck everyone!

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

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