March 4, 2014
This week, the challenge is called shoot from the hip, and I want everyone to do just that. Hold your camera at hip or waist height, guess what you are pointing at, and shoot. It’s a great way of doing discreet street photography but it can also be used for more arty photography as it makes you think about your composition in a different way.
Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 11th March. Good luck!
Apologies for the slightly late publication today – it’s been one of those days! Ten fab entries this week so please do get commenting and discuss the dynamic tension!
February 25, 2014
This week, I want everyone to take a picture that draws on the concept of dynamic tension.
Dynamic tension is a way of using the energy and movement available in various features of the frame to draw the eye out of the picture in contrasting directions.
We’re all familiar with the feeling of tension and in a photograph it’s often displayed through conflicting objects. Dynamism is added when these objects move away from each other as if they’re pulling the photo apart from the center of the image.
As a definition, that doesn’t really clear it up much. I think some pictures would be helpful, so have a look at this article and its pictures.
Please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 4th March. Have fun!
I had hoped that the technical nature of this challenge wouldn’t put too many people off, but in fact I’m delighted that several people have entered this one who haven’t taken part for ages, and other people who haven’t tried this before said it was the encouragement they needed to try it! We should try these tricky ones more often
February 18, 2014
This week, it’s going to be a technical theme. I want everyone to have a go at taking photos of water droplets.
Courtesy Beth Fishkind
It’s hard, but it’s not impossible. Your average setup shot for this technique might look like this:
The crucial parts are a camera on a tripod, a tray of water, a syringe, pipette or a bag of water with a pinhole in it, and a light source. An off-camera flash is best, but a bright lamp or sunlight from a window would also work. There’s a lot of freedom. This website gives some suggestions and advice and for those of you who prefer video tutorials, check out this video about water drop photography.
As ever, photos in by noon on Tuesday 25th February please. Good luck!
Happy belated Valentine’s day to everyone! Interesting selection of photos this week representing different emotions. Please comment!
February 11, 2014
Going with a “what’s going on in the world” theme this week. On Friday it’s Valentine’s day, so I think we should all take a picture that relates in some way to love, affection or romance. Or lack thereof. Last time we ran this challenge, we had some pretty cynical entries!
Please send your work in by noon on Tuesday 18th February. Have fun!
Well done and thanks to everyone who entered this week. We’re still a few results short of our usual turnout, but still better than last week – and this is the first week I have entered for a while now
February 5, 2014
Once again, apologies for publishing a day late. Your challenge this week is transport. This can be anything to do with modes of getting around – whether powered by engines, animals, nature or humans.
Sorry for a slightly lacklustre challenge – but you only have six days to do it! Please send your pictures in by noon on Tuesday 11th February. Good luck!
Sorry for being a day late publishing. Yesterday I completely forgot, and today my internet at home is down so I’m fighting with my phone to write this! I hope I haven’t missed anyone.