This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (9-15 May '10)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (9-15 May ’10)

Weekly Assignment

New Generation (by Elle Enne)It was all fun and games over in the forum this week when we worked on the ~AJ~‘s A Boy with His Toys. While showing off toys is all fine and well, there’s something about people actually enjoying playing with them that warms our hearts. While the shot might not be considered technically perfect, there is a lot of feeling and fun that comes when kids play with toys. Well done everyone!

Toy   (by phillj10)We also started our newest assignment this week, and you might be able to use some of your experience from the Toys assignment when you’re taking your shots for this one because this week we’re focusing on Still Life photos. Still life photography generally consists of a small grouping of inanimate subjects. It is a classic part of art, and it gives you an enormous amount of control over your subject. You can set it up in a pleasing composition, you can change the lighting, you can change your perspective, and generally just keep shooting until you get just the photograph that you want. Practicing still life photos can really give you an edge in your photography because it can be used by wedding photographers, stock photographers, food photographers, and more. Check out the first post in the assignment for some tips and tricks on shooting still life shots. And as always, a quick reminder of the assignment rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 5 – 19 May 2010. Second, your post must contain the date the photo was taken and the words “Assignment: Still Life”. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s helpful if you can include some of the main points like camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, etc. Next week’s assignment is Fences. Take a look around your neighborhood and show us the interesting fences that are around. Or maybe just show us a “normal” fence in a new light. Try to show us this everyday object in a new light and make it interesting. Good luck!

Hot Threads

  • Photo Stuck to Glass: Just because many of us are using digital cameras now, that doesn’t meant that that all photos are stored on an external hard drive somewhere. One forum member had a question about getting a photo out of a frame that it was stuck in. If you’ve ever experienced something like this with your printed photos, you might be interested in reading about some of the ways that you may still be able to salvage the photo.
  • How to Say “No”?: Sometimes you take photos to be nice. It may be for a family event, something for a friend, or something for an organization or charity that you want to help out. But what happens if other people get word of the fact that you’re doing the event for free and now think they’re entitled to the photos? How do you say “no” while still being polite? Come share your thoughts, advice, and stories over on the forum.
  • Digital Camera Reliability: Cameras from 20, 30, and even 50 years and older may still work fine when you pull them out of the closet. But what about the digital cameras? How reliable are they? How long will they last? Will they last as long as traditional 35mm bodies? Come share your thoughts, facts, and even your horror stories about brands and cameras that just didn’t last.
  • How Did You Break Out of Your Shell?: One question that came up in the forum this week was: what made you more confident about your photography, enough to break out of your shell. This doesn’t necessarily mean taking pictures of people or scenes you’re not comfortable in, but rather just being comfortable carrying around your camera and taking pictures when you want to. Come share your thoughts over on the forum, and read about people who may have already gone through what you’re going through now.
  • What Would You Do: If you’re looking for a fun way to pass the time over the weekend, you might be interested in our weekly post-processing challenge, titled What Would You Do. These threads are a chance to practice your post-processing skills on another person’s photo. The goal is simple, you use the photo in the first post, edit it, then come back and show your result and tell us about it. You can find out all about it, and join in the fun over in the forums.

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

Some Older Comments

  • Tannen May 19, 2010 11:23 am

    Follow the tracks!