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Weekly Assignment

St. Paul's Carnival- DPS Night Photography Assignment (by orlyscis)This week we finished our NicholasBrian for his picture of a closed fair gate, which has a great reflection and mood. Fairs are just one of those things that seem to cry out for night photography, with summer coming up in the Northern Hemisphere, maybe these shots will provide some inspiration for people.

Self Portrait (by gblock)Fair (by Nichoas)This week we also started the Five Senses Assignment. Even though photography is a 2D medium, it can still evoke senses and feelings. So, taste, touch, sound, smell, or sight, how would you make us feel those in a photograph? Maybe it’s a strong cup of coffee or the softness of a blanket, but whatever it is, make us sense it. In order to be eligible for the mini-contest, your picture must have been taken between 15 – 28 May 2008, your EXIF must still be intact, and you must include “Assignment: The Five Senses” somewhere in your post so that we know you want it to be included. Next week’s assignment is Shot from the Hip, so see if you can come up with a great shot without actually looking through the viewfinder.

Weekly Poll

CameraBagLast week we asked forum members whether they mostly used a backpack or shoulder bag to carry around their gear, and the results were pretty close! Feel free to keep telling us about the bag you use or the bag you want in this thread.

Of course, if you’re like daft_biker, then maybe you don’t even need a camera bag “Most of the time I don’t take a bag as it just gets in the way and slows me down. I usually just hang the camera with lens and flash attached from my left shoulder and walk a mile or two to get where I want to go then put the strap round my neck and we’re good to go. Tripod can hang from the other shoulder if I take it.”

This week, come tell us if you store your camera with or without the lens on?

Hot Threads

  • Spam Messages send in PM??: This has been a hot topic this week, and serves as a bit of a reminder about what to do when things seem to be not quite right. If you notice that you got a spam PM or you see someone spamming the forum, the best thing to do is to drop a PM to a Mod / Admin or report the post and we’ll get on to taking care of it ASAP. And as always, don’t click links you don’t trust or that seem suspicious.
  • Is there any way to fix a double-chin in Photoshop?: A slightly older but still good post-processing thread that asks how you can remove a double chin without getting obvious or bad results. Sometimes people want just a little help on this, so here are a few tips about how to fix a picture up in the post-processing stage.
  • Extension Tube – Sample Pics?: There are several ways to do macro photography on a DSLR: a dedicated macro lens, closeup filters, or extension tubes are some of the ones that come to mind. This thread asks for recommendations for extension tubes and also shows some great examples of what you can do with them.
  • Camera Insurance Suggestions?: Matthias099 asks an important question about getting insurance that will cover your gear while on the road or otherwise and asks if you need to get specific camera insurance. Since cameras are a big expense, do you insure yours? Do you have any suggestions for Matthias?
  • How do you define photography?: Now for a much more theoretical discussion, how do you define photography? This thread asks when is a photograph a photograph, and when is it no longer a photograph? If you have your own opinions or ideas on the matter, why not come share them in this thread.

Other Threads to Note

Can you believe that it’s been one year of Classic Rock Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to interpret a song title or the album title from the week’s selected album. This week’s challenge is “The Mamas & The Papas” and their self-titled album.

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