Anyone up for a challenge?
30 days, 30 photos
This class is hosting a 30 day photo challenge for this month. It's pretty self explanatory, but basically for days 1-30 there is a certain photo you take for that particular day. You should post it for everyone to see them. I think that this challenge can be very inspiring. This is just a simple way to catalog each day in a different way.
Retouching photos is allowed. You can do it with Gimp, a program you´ll find in your computer. You can also do it online with http://www.picmonkey.com/
These are the rules you should follow:
1. You´ll find the list below with the 30 items you have to photograph.
2. You can photograph several items in one day if you are inspired.
3. You can use the integrated camera in your cell phone or netbook, or just a point and shoot digital camera.
4. Work alone or in pairs.
5. Add a comment to every picture that summarizes your feelings, ideas, opinions, emotions you had when taking the pictures.
6. Once you have your 30 photos, and you're satisfied with them, put them together using movie maker. The presentation will be uploaded in Youtube.
Elements of Composition in Photography
Taking picture is more than grabbing a camera and shooting. There are several things you have to take into account.
Good composition is a key element of good photographs yet is something that is hard to define.
Depth of Field
Placing your main subject off-centre, as with the rule of thirds, creates a more interesting photo, but it can leave a void in the scene which can make it feel empty. You should balance the "weight" of your subject by including another object of lesser importance to fill the space.
Before photographing your subject, take time to think about where you will shoot it from. Our viewpoint has a massive impact on the composition of our photo, and as a result it can greatly affect the message that the shot conveys. Rather than just shooting from eye level, consider photographing from high above, down at ground level, from the side, from the back, from a long way away, from very close up, and so on.
How many times have you taken what you thought would be a great shot, only to find that the final image lacks impact because the subject blends into a busy background? The human eye is excellent at distinguishing between different elements in a scene, whereas a camera has a tendency to flatten the foreground and background, and this can often ruin an otherwise great photo. Thankfully this problem is usually easy to overcome at the time of shooting - look around for a plain and unobtrusive background and compose your shot so that it doesn't distract or detract from the subject.
The world is full of objects which make perfect natural frames, such as trees, archways and holes. By placing these around the edge of the composition you help to isolate the main subject from the outside world. The result is a more focused image which draws your eye naturally to the main point of interest.
Often a photo will lack impact because the main subject is so small it becomes lost among the clutter of its surroundings. By cropping tight around the subject you eliminate the background "noise", ensuring the subject gets the viewer's undivided attention.
With the dawn of the digital age in photography we no longer have to worry about film processing costs or running out of shots. As a result, experimenting with our photos' composition has become a real possibility; we can fire off tons of shots and delete the unwanted ones later at absolutely no extra cost. Take advantage of this fact and experiment with your composition - you never know whether an idea will work until you try it.
Things I’ve Learned About Photography