This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (3-9 Jul '11)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (3-9 Jul ’11)

Weekly Assignment

We finished up our Vertical Lines assignment this week, which was the last of our assignments focusing on lines.

Our winner this week used both vertical and diagonal lines in their photo this week. devel‘s photograph of a car on a lonely road, titled “The Drive to Twilight” made good use of negative space and the inclusion of the car really helped to bring balance to the image.

Our first runner up was mshockley‘s “Soybean Rows”. The crop lines create an almost abstract pattern and while the lines aren’t exactly straight, the idea of vertical lines comes through very clearly in the way the shot has been composed.

And last, but not least was 3rdtimelucky‘s coloured pencils. This shot has great vivid colours, and the reflection real yelps to punctuate the lines rather than simply showing pencils from the top.

Well done everyone!

We also started our Independence assignment this week, celebrating Independence Day in the US, and Canada Day in, well, Canada. What does independence mean to you? Does it have to do with your country or does it have to do with a person? And keep in mind that you can use what you learned in the lines assignments in order to help add interest to your photos. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 29 June – 13 July 2011. Second, your post must include the word “Independence” 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 like camera, lens, aperture, ISO, etc.

Our next assignment will be Cinematic Widescreen. As a technical challenge, present an image with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the widescreen “letterbox” format commonly used for movies on video release; as a creative challenge, pick a scene that looks like it could have come from a film (either a “lost scene” from a known movie or one you made up) and give us the title too. Good luck!

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