This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (27 Mar – 2 Apr ’11)


Weekly Assignment

Last week you showed us The Marketplace and the places that you shop, whether they are Wal-Marts, tiny corer stores or open air markets. One of the important things with these assignments is that the challenge is to take your shots beyond snapshots and to show your subject in an interesting way. There were a few people who really did that this week, starting with our winner, lisapenzone Coffee at Whole Foods. The repetition of the coffee barrels catches the eye, and it makes it clear that it’s part of a market of some sort. Then we had a tie for second and third place, so in no particular order, let’s start with lowanglealta. This was a very nice composition that made good use of how the two fruits were set up next to each other. It might not be as clear that it’s a market, but the shot still catches your eye, and the sheer number of lemons and limes indicate that it’s likely to be a store rather than someone’s home. And last, but not least, Draycat‘s Tokyo Marketplace. This shot really does capture the hustle and bustle of an open marketplace. It also tells a bit of a story because we weren’t quite sure if he was tossing someone something or telling someone a price. Overall, this shot worked well because it was clear exactly who was the subject of the photo. Well done everyone! If you didn’t see your photo up here, keep trying, there’s always next week!

lemonlime We saw the places that you shop last week, this week we want to see the places you work with our latest assignment, The Workplace. Do you spend your days at a desk or outdoors? Do you work from home or are you at an office or somewhere else? How do you get there? Give us a peek into your life and let us see what you do. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 23 March – 6 April 2011. Second, your post in the assignment thread must include the words “The Workplace” and the date the photo was taken. If either of these is missing your photo won’t be included in the mini-contest judging. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main points such as camera, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Our next assignment focuses on home with Homelife: Chores. Sometimes our work is never done, so we move from our workplace to our home and the household chores we all have to do. They may be messy, boring, or even enjoyable, but they need to be done, so why not photograph the mundane parts of life? You can start shooting now, but check the forums next week in order to post in the assignment.

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

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