I’ve been asked by several Discerning Photographer participants whether I would consider adding some type of ‘photography assignments’ feature to the mix of material posted here on the site. The idea was immediately attractive, since my principle goal with The Discerning Photographer has always been educating/teaching/demystifying the world of photography. I guess passing along the passion and love I have for the art of photography has always been at the heart of this blog, so adding an ‘Assignments’ feature makes sense.
But how to go about it? Doing some research, I’ve spent some time studying the assignments functionality that Darren Rowse has built over at his excellent website, the Digital Photography School. And while I plan to structure my assignments a bit differently, I found it interesting to see how all of the assignments are handled on his Photography Forums, not on the main site.
So I have two questions for you guys out there that are regular readers/users of The Discerning Photographer: would you be interested in seeing ‘Photography Assignments’ in the monthly mix of material here on the site? I would structure the assignments to be real teaching tools, not simply thematic exercises. In that way, I think we could distinguish ourselves from a lot of what’s currently out there and already available.
And, how you would feel about a tightly-focused group of Photography Forums added to the site as well? I’m thinking that, if there is interest in this, we would start with forum topics for Assignments, Equipment and Techniques. I would post assignments into the Assignments Forum, probably once or twice a month. Equipment questions and photography Techniques would become free-ranging discussions around those topics. I might also go ahead and try adding a Video topic as well, since I know I have several professional videographers who are active on the site already. I would be interested in recruiting knowledge members of our group to help with forum moderation, once we got things up and running.
So: I need Comments! Either comment, or send me an email, if these additions to The Discerning Photographer sound interesting to you. Adding forums will be a bit of a job, but I’m excited about where this could take us all, down the road, if there is sufficient interest. Let me know what you think!
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