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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (30 May – 5 Jun ’10)

Weekly Assignment

Ooo la la! (by bubbly b {Nouvelle Vie ? Photography})We spiced things up around the forums with our latest assignment, eos550d.com‘s “Spice up your day”. This shot took the idea of the assignment very literally, but it was carried out well. The lines from the blinds really add some extra spice to the lighting as well! Well done everyone!

999 (by a_brewley)This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (30 May - 5 Jun '10)This week we started our Cemeteries assignment. You may find them peaceful, somber, or creepy, but they’re a place where you can take a photograph that not only can tell a story, but can also capture all kinds of feelings and emotion. Consider whether to take a wide angle landscape, a closeup, or something else. Consider whether to keep it in colour or black and white. Consider what kind of lighting and time of day you want to take the photo. All of these things will help contribute to the mood and the story. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 26 May – 9 June 2010. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: Cemeteries” 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, such as camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, etc. Next week’s assignment is Dutch Angle Shots. If you’re wondering what that is, you may have come across it during the film noir assignment. A Dutch Angle is “a cinematic tactic often used to portray the psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed. A Dutch angle is achieved by tilting the camera off to the side so that the shot is composed with the horizon at an angle to the bottom of the frame” (from wikipedia). This assignment may be tricky since not all subjects lend themselves to this disorienting look and it is often criticized when it’s overdone. The point of the assignment is to understand how different shooting angles can create different moods, so make sure your subject matches the mood of the shot. Good luck!

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