It's that time again: a new Photo Assignment. You had enough time to rest and digest the results of your last efforts. It's time to break out the camera again, but please allow me to remind you of these simple rules:
- Photos must be shot between Fri. 04/04/08 and Sun. 04/13/08--10 days.
- You must provide the EXIF information if asked (we'll help you, if you'd like to know how to get it).
- No photoshop alteration (we're looking to improve your skills with your camera, not software).
- Your photograph must adhere to the theme, which will be described below.
- Post only one photo per post, so that commentary can be easily provided for that photo. You may post more than one photo, but try to keep it to a handful.
- Title your photo so it can be referred to later.
- Post two or three of your best photos in this thread. Please post series, experiments, and photos for comment and criticism in the PHOTO COMMENTARY thread.
- And, the most important rule: have fun! We're looking to spread the joy that many of us derive from taking pictures, particularly ones that tell a story of some kind.
This week's theme: "Old School"
Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect: music, clothing, language, or anything really. Refers to a previous generation of a subject, idea, or object. Typically, "old school" refers to something highly regarded and sometimes the very thing that started it all. A school (in the sense of old school) is a grouping of people who share common characteristics of opinion or outlooks of philosophy, craft, or belief. It is in this sense that people refer to schools of thought, or schools of belief or practice. Schools are oftenÔÇöparticularly in the field of popular musicÔÇöcharacterized by their currency, and thus classified into "new" and "old" schools. Often there is a defining event or work which comes to be seen as separating old from new.
This assignment lends itself equally to portraits or still lifes. Although it is wide-open to subjects, it is specific in interpretation. Please do not submit a picture of an old school unless it is truly old school.
Remember Ansel Adam's admonition, "You don't take a photograph, you make it."
As you search for something old school, remember some of the principles we've been working on:
- Rule of thirds
- Think foregrounds
- Shooting during the "golden hours"
- Look for a focal point
- Consider a high or lower vantage point
- Seek diagonal lines
- Frame your subject
NOTE: Please use the COMMENTARY THREAD to post multiple efforts and to discuss techniques, ask questions, make comments, etc. Please reserve this thread no more than three of your final efforts, the photos you're really proud of and want feedback on. Thanks!
Now get out there and find "old school"!