This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums

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Weekly Assignment

beam (by snixie)Last week we started our “Back to Basics” theme with an assignment on the onomatopoeia‘s sleepy roses. We liked how the focus was on the main rose, but how each of the other roses was sitting on other parts of the Rule of Thirds grid. Well done everyone!

double (by dustinj)Sleepy Roses (by ? watch how i soar ?)This week we’re continuing our “Back to Basics” theme with our Balance assignment. As always there are a few simple rules to follow to participate in the mini-contest to have your photo featured on the blog. First, your photo must have been taken between 11 – 25 February 2009. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment : Balance” to show that you want it included in the contest. And last, but not least, your EXIF should be intact and it helps if you include the main points in your post. Next week’s assignment will be Rhythm. We are aware of rhythmic patterns in music and they exist visually as well. It can be pleasing and soothing or somewhat erratic, but it keeps our eye moving in a repeating pattern. Fence posts, ripples in water, as well as shapes that echo each other such as circular patterns of different objects, are all examples of rhythm in composition. These elements should compliment each other, creating a flow that is pleasing to the eye.

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Nicole is a DPS Forum moderator and keen photographer from New Zealand. See her Flickr account.

  • Rachel

    Okay, I’m new to this site, but would like to participate in the “contests” and such, can you tell me how to do that? Where would I post my photo?

  • I really like SarahN’s shot, looks like a painting 🙂

  • vlad

    all of them are ‘This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums’!!!
    what week??
    i think it should help have a ‘yymmdd’, or similar, date stamp
    the same applies to articles

    otherwise, great job on this site.

  • That shot of the balance beam really shows why the rule of the thirds works! Great shot! using two of the “rule of thirds” lines both vertical and horizontal looks magnificent! This is a great rule!

  • Hi Rachel, you can find the weekly assignment / contests here: https://digital-photography-school.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=22

  • What a great exercise for those that are new to photography. As an experienced wedding photographer in Phoenix, I use these principles all the time.

  • Taylor

    Thanks for sharing! Love the article. http://lifewondersphotography.com/

Some Older Comments

  • Phoenix Wedding Photographer March 5, 2010 04:58 pm

    What a great exercise for those that are new to photography. As an experienced wedding photographer in Phoenix, I use these principles all the time.

  • Nicole February 23, 2009 06:03 am

    Hi Rachel, you can find the weekly assignment / contests here: https://digital-photography-school.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=22

  • Cancun Wedding Photographer February 22, 2009 12:19 pm

    That shot of the balance beam really shows why the rule of the thirds works! Great shot! using two of the "rule of thirds" lines both vertical and horizontal looks magnificent! This is a great rule!

  • vlad February 22, 2009 09:26 am

    all of them are 'This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums'!!!
    what week??
    i think it should help have a 'yymmdd', or similar, date stamp
    the same applies to articles

    otherwise, great job on this site.

  • manilenio February 22, 2009 08:47 am

    I really like SarahN's shot, looks like a painting :)

  • Rachel February 22, 2009 07:54 am

    Okay, I'm new to this site, but would like to participate in the "contests" and such, can you tell me how to do that? Where would I post my photo?

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