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Weekly Assignment

Relax (by kairos44)Last week we had a break from the sponsored contests, so we all got a chance to zetson‘s Theory of Relaxitivity. Clever title aside, this was a very well executed shot. We really liked how the expression on the face seemed so relaxed.

Baby Angel 4 (by Sarah (sb))Theory of Relaxitivity (by zetson)Our current assignment is G-Tech Q 1TB drive as a prize for the winner of the Drive assignment. You can interpret the theme however you would like, so long as it shows us the idea of Drive. The rules are nearly the same as always. In order to be eligible for the contest to win the drive, your photo needs to have been taken between 12 November – 3 December 2008, your post must include the words “Assignment: Drive” somewhere in the post, the EXIF must be intact, and it’s helpful if you include the main points in your post (e.g. camera, lens, date taken, ISO, shutter speed, and aperture). Our next assignment is still in the works, but keep an eye out because it will have a Crumpler bag as a prize.

Hot Threads

  • Lightroom or Aperture for Mac users?: If you’re a Mac user, you have several great pieces of photography software to choose from. The question of Aperture or Lightroom almost becomes inevitable. So, which piece of software do you prefer, or which do you use if you’re a Mac user? Come share your opinion in our forum.
  • Presenting images to client / public: If you’re selling your photographs or even presenting them online, you have a choice to make. You can either show the client everything or become an editor and decide which of the photos they will see. But how do you decide how many is an ideal number? Come share your experience in this thread.
  • Facebook and MySpace: One way that you can market your photography is through social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace. But one of our forum members is wondering how well these sites work for marketing, and how you actually go about it. If you have experience with using these sites for marketing, why not share your experiences in the thread.
  • Help with Bokeh for Portraits: If you’re not familiar with the term, “bokeh” is the out of focus area usually behind the subject. Different cameras and lenses have different results. So, how do you get good bokeh? Especially if you’re using a point & shoot camera?
  • What Would You Do (#77): Every week we have a post-processing game in the forums where members get to edit the photo of another member. The challenge is open to all levels of post-processing skill, so why not come and give it a try. You’d be surprised how much you learn!

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