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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (28 Mar – 3 Apr ’10)

Weekly Assignment

there and back again (by mitchflickr)We finished an assignment this week that we really hope made people think, both about the shots they were seeing and the shots they were taking. We wanted you to Sweedon‘s story about finding a box of her biological mom’s photos that were kept by a friend just in case her child ever sought answers. As Sweedon said in her story: “I can not thank this wonderful lady enough for holding onto this box of photos for me. I have been able to get to know my mother through her photos. I see so much of myself in her. Everything I am now makes sense.” Again, this was another one that we really liked the staging on, and it was nice how it feels not only like your eye is traveling across the picture, but it’s also traveling across the life of a woman. Well done everyone, and thank you for sharing your stories and photos with us.

Day 357 - U for Untold Story (by GwenWeber)The Box of Secrets (by BitsFromSweedon)As Easter comes upon us, we’re reminded that once again, it’s Spring/Fall. So whether it’s just starting to warm up, or you’re seeing the slow end of summer, we want you to focus your shots on showing us the change of seasons this week. For bonus points, why not show us something other than the leaves and flowers that typically exemplify these seasons. As usual, a quick rundown of the rules for the assignment. First, your photo must have been taken between 24 March – 8 April 2010. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: Spring/Fall” and the date that the photo was taken. And last, but not least, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s helpful if you can include some of the main points (e.g. camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, etc.). We’re starting another month of themes this week, and month’s theme is Black and White. You can do black and white photography in your camera (most of the time) or you can do it in post-processing and have more control over the process. You’re welcome to use whatever method for black and white photography that you’re most comfortable with. Next week’s assignment will be Black and White Nature. When photographing nature, we have a tendency to look at all the colours that make it so eye-catching. Using black and white gives you a chance to focus on the lines, contrast, and forms that exist in nature and take away the potential for distracting colour. But that being said, capturing the beauty of nature in black and white can be difficult! Remember to pay attention to what you’ve learned in the past, and also check out the first post of the assignment thread for some links to useful articles.

Hot Threads

  • Balancing Different Exposures: One of the difficult parts about landscape photography can be balancing the light. Sometimes, in order to get the sky right, you wind up underexposing the foreground. And if you want to get the foreground right, the sky goes white. So, what are the best techniques for getting a balanced exposure throughout the shot? Come share your hints, tips, tricks, and suggestions over in the forums.
  • Format for Archiving: When you get involved in digital photography you know you’re going to have to store those photos. But how do you store them in a way that will ensure that you have access to them in years to come? Especially when we all know how file formats and programs can become obsolete. Come share your hints and suggestions with us for how you make sure that your photos are in a format that can still be opened in 10 or 20 years time.
  • Straight Out of Camera Challenge: Some people think that post-processing is a required part of photography, others think that pure, straight out of camera shots are the only way to go. Regardless of which side of the camp you’re on, why not try showing us what you can do without the help of additional software, cropping or other edits? Come share your shots with us over in this thread.
  • Music While Editing?: We’ve had the discussion about music while photographing, but what about music while editing? Do you listen to it while you’re editing your photos? What do you listen to? And do you think it has any impact on how you edit your photos? Come share your thoughts over in the forums.
  • What Would You Do: Just in time for the long Easter weekend, there’s another challenge for you over in our Games & Challenges forum. It’s our weekly what would you do challenge where you get to take on the challenge of improving another forum member’s shot. Come see this week’s shot and have a try over in the forums.

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