Our first photo assignment was simple, but very difficult: go out and shoot Just One Shot.
This was my way of trying to get you to slow down and really look before you leap. Digital photography has radically changed the equation for shooting: no longer is it necessary to BUY expensive film to put inside your expensive camera and shoot, carefully parceling out your supply of precious silver halide. Now it’s all basically free, once you have a flash card and a camera. As marvelous as that has been for the development of our current new generation of photographers, it’s also cheapened the entire image-making process, in a way. So this was about slowing down and really looking.
I don’t know if we were successful or not, frankly. Here are my two favorite images, the first by
Joe Chan and the second by Bernd Limbach:
I think Joe really studied this situation before shooting it; Bernd, on the other hand, states he ‘slowed down’ a bit on his bike before snapping this shot with his camera phone (!) . I think both images would have benefited from a bit of toning: in Joe’s photo, I’d be much happier if the tonal values of the pretty pool shooter were just a bit brighter, to better balance with the light levels coming from the overhead light; in Bernd’s photo, a simple Levels adjustment would have given us a much better, richer result.
Here’s what the images would have looked like with these simple adjustments:
But both completed the assignment regardless. Well done, guys!
PHOTO ASSIGNMENT: OCTOBER 19, 2011: ‘SHADOWS’
For our new photo assignment, we’re going to go in a different direction: SHADOWS must play an important role in your composition. I don’t care whether a dramatic shadow is your entire composition OR simply an element in an otherwise interesting photo: you must compose and use shadows in your shot. Remember: all photography is dependent upon light. And where there is light, there are usually shadows! So go out and make us a truly great shadow photograph!
The assignment will run for two weeks, at which point I’ll pull it down into the ‘Archived’ group and we’ll take a swing at something else. Remember: you must go out and make a new photograph, not simply cull through your past shots! In the meantime, I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
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