This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (9-15 Jan ’11)

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Weekly Assignment

As we started a new year, our first assignment was GoranMarich‘s “Teky & Mihaela”, his wife and 2 month old daughter. This one was just sweet, the emotion that is captured here is heartwarming, and while we’re sure that this is a photo that will stand out to GoranMarich for years to come, it stood out in our picks of 2010 as well. Great job everyone, and great job to those who didn’t win as well. Keep trying in the new year!

Teky&Mihaela 720 Train To LeanderWe also started another assignment this week, and continuing our new year theme, we want you to show us what Brand New means to you. As a new year rolls around, many of us start new things. New diets, new goals, new parts of our lives, so we want to see what brand new means to you. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 5-19 January 2011. Second, your post in the assignment thread must include the words “Assignment: Brand New” 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 data like camera, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Next week we will start our Spot of Colour assignment. Colour really impacts where we look in a photo. Bright colours tend to draw our eyes to them first, and that tends to become the most important part of the image. This week is about using colour to bring attention to an area. It is important to note that this assignment is not about selective colour where an image is black and white with one part left in colour. This assignment is about having something that is colourful that draws your eye.

Hot Threads

  • Have You Ever Doubted Your Photography Skills?: Sometimes it seems like the best photographers (or at least the photographers whose photos we really like) don’t struggle at all. They seems like they’re always great and they’ve always been great. But, what happens then when you’re doubting yourself and your skill? Do you ever? Come share your thoughts over in the forums.
  • Enough Gear?: There’s always one more lens or maybe a new body, or another piece of gear that would improve our photos, isn’t there? Maybe not. This thread is about reaching a point where you have all the gear that you need. Have you reached that point? Do you think you ever will reach that point? Join in the discussion in the forums.
  • Thoughts on the Most Common Mistakes: A new year also means that many people are considering going into a new business. But what are the most common mistakes that new photographers going into business make? If you’ve started your own business, why not share your experiences in the forum. And if you’re just starting out, check out this thread for some advice from those who have been there before.
  • What Are You Proud You Learned in the Past Year?: Last week we asked what your goals were for 2011. But let’s look back a little bit. What are the goals that you set in 2009 that you finally realised in 2010? Come share your accomplishments for the last year.
  • To IS or not to IS?: IS (for Canon users) or VR (for Nikon users) is a feature that is coming on more and more lenses, but is it worth the extra cost? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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  • Congrat’s on the win Crockny, it is truly a beautiful image!

  • Love the bird photo. An absolute winner 🙂

  • Is that really the best shots you found ?
    crockny’s shot looks nice but cannot be accessed on Flickr… too bad.
    — Woods

  • Yes! Really the BEST! Congrats Crockny!

  • crockny

    Thanks so much DPS and thank you all for your comments! I can’t tell you how helpful these forums have been to me … from other members sharing their photographic expertise, their favorite gear (and how to use it!) to detailed wildlife techniques and the exercise of trying new things in the assignments … what a great learning environment and what great company to be in!

  • Mark

    I sure wish I could see Crockny’s photo on flicker. The small image here is to small to tell the details and just sort of looks average here. It must be more impressive in a larger size to win this honor, but I just cannot tell since Flickr blocked me.

Some Older Comments

  • Mark January 21, 2011 07:38 am

    I sure wish I could see Crockny's photo on flicker. The small image here is to small to tell the details and just sort of looks average here. It must be more impressive in a larger size to win this honor, but I just cannot tell since Flickr blocked me.

  • crockny January 20, 2011 02:46 pm

    Thanks so much DPS and thank you all for your comments! I can't tell you how helpful these forums have been to me ... from other members sharing their photographic expertise, their favorite gear (and how to use it!) to detailed wildlife techniques and the exercise of trying new things in the assignments ... what a great learning environment and what great company to be in!

  • Leo Mangubat January 16, 2011 12:50 pm

    Yes! Really the BEST! Congrats Crockny!

  • Woods January 16, 2011 03:39 am

    Is that really the best shots you found ?
    crockny's shot looks nice but cannot be accessed on Flickr... too bad.
    -- Woods

  • Kiran January 16, 2011 01:50 am

    Love the bird photo. An absolute winner :)

  • Gary Paakkonen January 15, 2011 11:39 pm

    Congrat's on the win Crockny, it is truly a beautiful image!

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