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Weekly Assignment

This week we don’t have any assignment winners for you because we are in the middle of our most recent assignment, 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).

CrashBurn (by skersting66)Clock Works (by clockdoc_i)7/30/52 (by *laurie)

To get you inspired, here are a few shots from the assignment. Remember, you still have another week to take your shot and be in to win the 1TB drive. Our next assignment is still in the works, but keep an eye out because it will have a Crumpler bag as a prize.

Images by starrylaurie, Clockdoc_I, and sk66

Hot Threads

  • How do you find good locations?: No matter what kind of photo you’re taking, the location is important. Even studio portraits since you may want a particular light source. However, when you’re leaving the house to try to take some pictures, how do you find good locations for your photos? Google Maps have been suggested, but come share your own advice in the forum thread!
  • To sharpen or not to sharpen?: That is the question, isn’t it? Well, the actual question comes from one forum member who wants to know how much sharpening is the right amount when you’re presenting an image on the internet. And of course, not only how much do you sharpen, but do you have a favourite way to sharpen and favourite settings? Come join in the discussion thread.
  • Aurora Borealis: Not often do I mention Share Your Shots threads in the weekend update, but this shot by zetson had me feeling like it really needed to be shared with everyone who hasn’t seen it. The Northern Lights are something to behold, and this shot definitely isn’t a let down. Come check it out!
  • How do you step up to the next level?: It’s almost a guarantee that at some point you will hit a brick wall in your photography, if only because your skills are growing and you’re not sure how to move beyond what you’ve always done. So what do you do to cross over that line from what you’ve already done to keep advancing?

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