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    Photo Assignment: Weekend of 9/8/07

    OK, folks. There was some discussion of photography in another thread and I thought it might be fun to start a sort of clinic, where interested folks could submit their photos for critique by a couple folks who seem to know a thing or two about photography.

    These aren't meant to be public lashings, humiliation or anything of the like, but rather, an opportunity for all of us to improve our photographic skills. I don't know about you folks, but I've learned a ton about photography by having someone that actually knows what good composition and exposure are provide me with comments on my shots.

    SNC1923 (Tom) and Knary (Scott) will offer commentary on photos submitted.

    All right. Here are the rules:

    Photos have to be shot this weekend.
    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 your photos in this thread only. DO NOT start a thread in reply to this assignment.
    Post only one photo per post, so that commentary can be easily provided for that photo.
    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.

    We'll try running this for a few weeks and see what happens. I think we have a number of folks on board the really know how to take pictures, but we also have a significant number of people that really want to learn how to do so.

    This week's theme is "A long way to go". You can interpret this however you'd like. Pictures of roads, pictures of little kids learning something, you make the call. It's just like those writing assignments they gave you in high school where you had to write about "pride" or something.

    Have at it and we'll look forward to seeing some of your work on Monday!
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    Man, I hate homework assignments over the weekend. My son was just complaining that in high school they assign lots of homework on the weekend.

    Can I wait until late Sunday night to do this?
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    Why this weekend ?
    I went somewhere last weekend and I took pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by widebmw View Post
    Why this weekend ?
    I went somewhere last weekend and I took pictures.
    Because there's a totally different dynamic between "post a picture you took sometime during your life" and "post a picture you shot this weekend."

    One's not better than the other, but shooting one specifically for this assignment engenders a good-natured sense of competition--though this is really more about feedback and learning than winning or losing.

    If this proves to be popular, we'll do different challenges with different guidelines and can open one up for a previously taken photo perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terham View Post
    Man, I hate homework assignments over the weekend. My son was just complaining that in high school they assign lots of homework on the weekend.

    Can I wait until late Sunday night to do this?
    Pictures can be posted anytime beginning now; the only caveat is that the photo is shot this weekend.

    Hopefully folks can get around to posting them on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

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    Great idea Dave.
    Not to hijack, but... I think it would be helpful to explain and have students practice one of the characteristics that make a great photo. A good one to start off with is composition. A theme could be restrictive in teaching the basics. One of the first things that one should learn is the Golden Mean and the rule of thirds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    Great idea Dave.
    Not to hijack, but... I think it would be helpful to explain and have students practice one of the characteristics that make a great photo. A good one to start off with is composition. A theme could be restrictive in teaching the basics. One of the first things that one should learn is the Golden Mean and the rule of thirds.

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    Yes, yes! Great overview of the basics of composition.
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    IN the spirit of the moment....

    If I have this right.....here is my plan...FYI....my photographic style is what I refer to as "random" .....so,

    here is my weekend assignment.....

    I know a place in the local mountains.....where MC events ( the bad kind) happen with some frequency......

    so, if I go there with my digital camera....and start taking OH, maybe 1000 images...


    just maybe, I will get one suitable to post here for JUDGEMENT....I mean instruction....

    Do I have the assignment right??
    Jim Bud...

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    Quote Originally Posted by widebmw View Post
    Why this weekend ?
    I went somewhere last weekend and I took pictures.
    We'd like you to consider the theme mentioned above and compose a picture that reflects that theme.

    These assignments will help you develop your sense of composition. It's also fun to see what other folks have done with the same assignment.

    A bit of background - I learned to take pictures in a camera club back in Lynn, Massachusetts; the Greater Lynn Camera Club. One Monday night a month, we submitted slides, which were critiqued by the more senior members of the club. Invariably, we had an assignment each month. Take pictures of glass. Reflections. Motion. Depth of field. A particular theme, like we've done here. In addition to hearing about our own photos, we got to hear comments about other photos, which greatly added to our learning experience.

    We shot with slides, which added expense. Here, we're using digital, so everybody should be able to shoot pictures and post them for just about zip.

    So, consider what this month's theme means to you and take some shots. You may not have to leave your house. You might want to go for a ride. You might want to go for a walk. But this should, above all, fun. It will be an exercise that makes you think about your camera, the composition of your photos and what you're really taking a picture of.

    Enjoy and we'll see what folks come up with.

    As an example, I'm headed to Nashville on business. In light of this week's topic, I might have an opportunity at the airport.

    Next week, we'll try something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBud View Post
    If I have this right.....here is my plan...FYI....my photographic style is what I refer to as "random" .....so,

    here is my weekend assignment.....

    I know a place in the local mountains.....where MC events ( the bad kind) happen with some frequency......

    so, if I go there with my digital camera....and start taking OH, maybe 1000 images...


    just maybe, I will get one suitable to post here for JUDGEMENT....I mean instruction....

    Do I have the assignment right??
    Not quite. We're looking to get you to consider composition. What's in the frame? Does it reflect "long way to go?"
    Dave Swider
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    Why just this weekend ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    Great idea Dave.
    Not to hijack, but... I think it would be helpful to explain and have students practice one of the characteristics that make a great photo. A good one to start off with is composition. A theme could be restrictive in teaching the basics. One of the first things that one should learn is the Golden Mean and the rule of thirds.

    Burnszilla,
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    Those rules are an excellent start.
    But only a start.
    Some folks (not you), confuse the rough guidelines, such as the "rule of thirds", that help people when they're getting started as ...well... rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneT View Post
    Why just this weekend ?????

    Why not?

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