This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (5-11 Jun '11)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (5-11 Jun ’11)

Weekly Assignment

During the last week we finished up our Framing assignment. We were looking for natural parts of the image that framed the subject to bring it into greater focus.

Our winner this week did an excellent job with framing the subject. Congratulations to Photoboothguy for his “Crazy Kid” shot. He used the play gym as a frame for the subject, and we all agreed that his son really popped from the frame. In fact, it almost seems like it’s creating an out of bounds image. The strong colours really work well along with the expression to create a real sense of happiness and fun.

Crazy Kid

Our first runner up was tmelo1968‘s boy with a swing. The swing provides a nice frame for the shot. Although it’s a partial frame it works really well for this image, and the fact that he’s involved with the frame also works really well.

And last but not least was docxnoel‘s “Colored Bottles”. Selective colouring can be a little hit and miss, but sometimes it suits a subject really well. This was an instance where we found selective colouring really helped draw your eye to the shot. The use of the selective colouring to draw the eye to the frame created a lot of interest and it was a shot we really liked.

COLORED BOTTLE

Our most recent assignment is Symmetry. Symmetry can provide balance to an image and create a pleasing harmony in the composition. You will find symmetry everywhere: architecture, nature, people, reflections, or even in your own set ups. So this week we want you to focus on images that show symmetry to create and interesting composition. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 1 – 15 June 2011. Second, your post must include the word “Symmetry” 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, aperture, ISO, etc.

Next week our newest assignment will be posted, and it is all about Diagonal Lines. Diagonal lines are another basic compositional technique you can use in your photos to draw the eye through the frame. Good luck everyone!

Hot Threads

  • What do you do with your photos?: So, you go out, you take thousands of shots every year, but what do you do with them? Print them? Leave them on the computer? Post them online? Come share what you do with your photos over in the forums.
  • Can you see the big edit?: Sometimes threads pop up in the critique area that really make you try to figure out what was changed, and sometimes you wind up really impressed. Here’s one example of it. See if you can pick out the big edit.
  • How I took these candid portraits on the street.: If you’re into street photography you might have your own tips and tricks, but if you’re just getting started it can be daunting. One forum member has provided an example of some of their street photography and gives some suggestions for how to get your own good street shots.
  • Noise or no noise?: One of the things that many people tend to do is reduce the amount of noise in their photos. Sometimes that means that they loose sharpness. Other times it simply removes a bit of the noise. But what do you prefer? Do you leave the noise or remove it? Come see what other people do over on the forums.

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Some Older Comments

  • Dewan Demmer June 13, 2011 09:02 pm

    The winning shot is brilliant, it probably more to do with the kid that looks so happy right there.

  • rlopez June 13, 2011 03:09 pm

    well first time on the blog there is amazing talent on this web community

  • toomanytribbles June 12, 2011 09:04 pm

    @erik -- thanks!

  • Erik Kerstenbeck June 12, 2011 02:58 am

    @toomanytribbles

    That shot is astounding! Well done!

  • toomanytribbles June 12, 2011 01:38 am

    how about my battlestar syntagmatica? i've posted it on flickr... EXIF available under the actions button!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/toomanytribbles/5795768695/

  • Erik Kerstenbeck June 12, 2011 12:48 am

    Hi

    Lots of Diagonals in this architectural image of the Brooklyn Bridge

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/across-the-huson/