This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Oct 16 - 22

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Oct 16 – 22

We had a pretty short ‘winners post’ last week, and I hope that I can do a little better this week! Thank you to all who entered the weekly forum assignment, the assignment is supposed to push you and help you think creatively and turn a simple subject into a dynamic photo that makes people think a little bit. We had the subject ‘Street Signs’ and to be a little bit controversial, the quality seem’s to have dropped somewhat! So, what we’re doing is adding a little tempter, a prize if you will, from our friends over at They are going to give the winner of our weekly assignment one of their memory card holders, and they’ve offered a code for dPS peeps to use if they decide to purchase a thinkTank bag, that means they get an extra free accessory. So, I hope that helps us to want to do better – though, we’re here on ‘Digital Photography School’ so that mean’s we already want to do better, right!

Enough of my jibba jabba!

The WINNER by popular vote, via the moderation team, and the first winner of a thinkTank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket is…

Who Me? By No Frada

date: 10/13/11
camera: NIKON D5100
lens: VR 18-55mm 3.5/5.6G
aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 2500
focal length: 28mm
shutter speed: 1/20s
flash: Off

Who Me Digital Photography School Assignment on DPS

Who Me? | © RC NoFrada

Here’s some insight from our judges on why they chose this image…

  • “Two points for this one as it’s funny and a good composition (ie not dead center) and good use of depth of field and nice b&w conversion”
  • “Firstly, three points for this photo, which is humorous and has a strong composition with good use of depth of field to make the intruder clear (as if any extra clues were needed… but a good photo avoids conflicting clues about the intended subject)”
  • “Two Points: I love simplicity and a shallow depth of field when it suits the subject and both work well on this”
  • “Three points- who me? – I like the fact that they took the time to think the assignment thru and then came up with something really creative. And the fact that they did a nice job on it is a HUGE plus!”

So, congratulations RC NoFrada! You’re the proud new owner of a thinkTank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket – Please contact me to arrange delivery.


Buddy in the toys by Fbroschart (Cute!! –S)

Camera Nikon D300
Exposure 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 29 mm
ISO Speed 200
Date Taken: Oct. 16, 2011

cute puppy in a pile of toys on dPS

Buddy in the toys © FBrosChart

  • But why?  “Then 2 points for this shot. A subtle palette of colours and similar scales of the puppy and surrounding soft toys mean they blend together well, requiring a second look to spot the odd one out”

Second Runner Up

Doesn’t Quite Belong © Cadira

Camera Sony DSLR-A300
Exposure 0.4
Aperture f/29.0
Focal Length 40 mm
ISO Speed 400

Lime and Kiwi by Cadira for dPS Assignment

Soda and Lime by Cadira

  • This one got the votes for ‘Creative use of light!‘ –Cadira, tell us a little more about how you lit this on the comments below?

Congratulations to all of our winners – Make sure you pop along and enter the next assignment and think outside the box!

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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