This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (31 Oct - 6 Nov '10)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (31 Oct – 6 Nov ’10)

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Weekly Assignment

testshoot-jpeg-5vanila ‘s woman with a rose. The lighting caused a small loss of detail, but otherwise it was an excellent shot. The model looked natural, but it definitely had a feeling of glamour. Well done everyone!

_DSC9182r_185We also started our newest assignment, and it is the Rule of Thirds. Most of us are familiar with the rule of thirds because it’s one of the first rules of composition that most of us come across. It suggests that you place your subject on one of the lines that separates the photos into thirds and helps make sure you aren’t centring all your shots. It can feel a bit awkward at first if you’re used to putting your subject in the centre of the frame, but it can really help create a much more pleasing image. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 27 October – 10 November 2010. Second, your post must include the date the photo was taken and the words “Assignment: Rule of Thirds”. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s helpful if you can post some of the main points like camera, lens, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc. Our next assignment builds on this week’s and it is Break the ‘Rule of Thirds. Yes, we’re sure you’re all dying to do this after being so constrained by this week’s assignment. So here’s your chance. Just remember, not every shot works, so keep a critical eye on your shots. Don’t just break the rules for the sake of breaking the rules, break the rules in a way that is effective and works well. Good luck!

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  • Mark Robinson

    I just saw the winning entry. I really dont know how you guys select a winner! The image is badly cropped with the hands cut off, and also when i enlarged in flickr, its of such crappy quality. DPS just baffles me at times. IMO the runner up image is way more creative, dramatic and worthy of winning here.

  • Hi

    I know this is late for consideration but still a lovely shot. Lit with a large softbox at 90 degrees, reflector opposite, black backdrop to the get stunning image of my model

    http://tinyurl.com/34wdcxt

    Cheers Erik

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  • Erik Kerstenbeck November 22, 2010 01:45 pm

    Hi

    I know this is late for consideration but still a lovely shot. Lit with a large softbox at 90 degrees, reflector opposite, black backdrop to the get stunning image of my model

    http://tinyurl.com/34wdcxt

    Cheers Erik

  • Mark Robinson November 9, 2010 04:28 pm

    I just saw the winning entry. I really dont know how you guys select a winner! The image is badly cropped with the hands cut off, and also when i enlarged in flickr, its of such crappy quality. DPS just baffles me at times. IMO the runner up image is way more creative, dramatic and worthy of winning here.

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