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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (7-13 Aug ’11)

Weekly Assignment

We’re back again with this week’s weekly assignment winners from the forum.

Over the last week we finished up our Zoom While Shooting assignment. Zooming while shooting is a great way to create an interesting effect without using post-processing. Our winners this week all used the effect to create interesting images.

Our winner this week was Corey Thompson‘s “Zoom Zoom”. As he said, we never said that you couldn’t get the effect by moving the camera (and in fact, that is one technique that can be used!) So he got the zoom by mounting his camera to his car’s side view mirror using a Gorillapod. Talk about brave! This shot has really strong composition and the complementary colour palette really works well. And all of that is highlight by exploiting the light and movement within the shot. Well done!

Zoom Zoom

Our first runner up was Kayday88‘s dinosaur vs truck. In this case, the use of zoom almost makes you feel like the car is coming in from another time and heading back to the land that time forgot!

Zoom Assignment

And last, but not least was phillj‘s “Street Zoom”. In this case, there was just enough shift to enhance the scene without loosing too many details. And it’s also an example of a scene that works even with the subject centred.

Street Zoom

Well done everyone!

We also started our newest assignment this week, which is Silhouettes. A silhouette is a darkened, featureless person or object in a photo. With the proper use of light, this can make a very striking image. If you’re looking for tips on how to shoot silhouettes, check out the first post in the start of the thread linked to above. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 3 – 17 August 2011. Second, your post must include the word “Silhouette” and the date the photo was taken. Finally, it’s helpful if you can include some of the main EXIF data such as camera, lens, aperture, ISO, etc.

Our next assignment will be The Joys of Childhood. Think back on your childhood. What were the simple things that delighted you? Watch your own children. What little discoveries are they making while they play? Mudpies or stickball, tea parties or playgrounds, try to capture those childhood pleasures we forgot as we grew up. You can use this as a chance to practice children’s portrait photography or use objects and/or places if there are no children available to you.

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