#9: Silhouettes

One of our favorite techniques for dramatic images is the backlit silhouette. Rendering your subject as a dark profile set against a colorful background creates strong graphic forms, and invites more of the viewer’s imagination into the frame. For this week’s assignment, show us how you’ve used this classic technique. Enter by midnight, February 1.

One of our favorite techniques for dramatic images is the backlit silhouette. Rendering your subject as a dark profile set against a colorful background creates strong graphic forms, and invites more of the viewer’s imagination into the frame. For this week’s assignment, show us how you’ve used this classic technique. Enter by midnight,... Read more

#10: Water

Photographing water presents a number of challenges that can help you improve your technical and creative skills, because it takes so many forms. Water can be relatively still and glass-like, or furiously rushing. You can freeze a drop in mid-air, or smooth moving water into cottony glows. A simple puddle can be used for reflections Read more…

Photographing water presents a number of challenges that can help you improve your technical and creative skills, because it takes so many forms. Water can be relatively still and glass-like, or furiously rushing. You can freeze a drop in mid-air, or smooth moving water into cottony glows. A simple puddle can be used for reflections of buildings, trees Read More → Read more

#11: Telephoto

When you can’t get close to your subject, a telephoto lens can be the difference between getting the shot and not. Telephotos are also useful for creating simple, strong compositions by magnifying and narrowing the field of view and compressing the background. For this assignment, show us your best photos using a telephoto lens, whether Read more…

When you can’t get close to your subject, a telephoto lens can be the difference between getting the shot and not. Telephotos are also useful for creating simple, strong compositions by magnifying and narrowing the field of view and compressing the background. For this assignment, show us your best photos using a telephoto lens, whether for creativity... Read more

#12: Sports Action

Capturing sharp fast-action shots is one of the great photo challenges. In addition to catching that decisive moment, there are other hurdles to clear. You have to track the action with an adequate zoom range, while managing camera shake; contend with obstructions between you and the field; and dial-in an exposure that renders your subject Read more…

Capturing sharp fast-action shots is one of the great photo challenges. In addition to catching that decisive moment, there are other hurdles to clear. You have to track the action with an adequate zoom range, while managing camera shake; contend with obstructions between you and the field; and dial-in an exposure that renders your subject correctly.... Read more

#13: Golden Hour

The first few hours after dawn and those just before sundown are known by photographers as the golden hours, when the angle of light is low in the sky and a warm glow bathes the landscape. It’s a great time for natural scenics, but also for cityscapes and portraiture. For this assignment, we’d like to Read more…

The first few hours after dawn and those just before sundown are known by photographers as the golden hours, when the angle of light is low in the sky and a warm glow bathes the landscape. It’s a great time for natural scenics, but also for cityscapes and portraiture. For this assignment, we’d like to see your best images taken in the easy,... Read more

#14: Architecture

Readily available to every photographer, architectural subjects challenge us to see the relationships of the lines, shapes and angles that add character to a building and how we experience it. Great architectural photography is not merely documentary, but explores the geometries present in the building itself; those created by way the subject is framed in Read more…

Readily available to every photographer, architectural subjects challenge us to see the relationships of the lines, shapes and angles that add character to a building and how we experience it. Great architectural photography is not merely documentary, but explores the geometries present in the building itself; those created by way the subject is framed... Read more

#15: Macro

There’s a magical world of photography all around us that is all too easy to overlook. Macro photography challenges us to notice the little details, to close the gap between ourselves and our subjects and to find compositions in intimate spaces. For this assignment, we want you to share your best photos of the macro Read more…

There’s a magical world of photography all around us that is all too easy to overlook. Macro photography challenges us to notice the little details, to close the gap between ourselves and our subjects and to find compositions in intimate spaces. For this assignment, we want you to share your best photos of the macro world. Need tips or inspiration?... Read more

#16: Selective Focus

We love selective focus effects. One reason is that selective focus is a powerful technique for targeting attention on your subject. Another is the pleasant simplicity of a blurred background without distractions. There’s more than one way to achieve selective focus effects: in-camera with big apertures or specialty lenses, or with software in post-processing. Whichever Read more…

We love selective focus effects. One reason is that selective focus is a powerful technique for targeting attention on your subject. Another is the pleasant simplicity of a blurred background without distractions. There’s more than one way to achieve selective focus effects: in-camera with big apertures or specialty lenses, or with software in... Read more

#17: Abstracts

A great way to improve your visual creativity is to try your hand at abstract compositions. Set aside your literal mind, forget about perfect focus, and allow yourself the freedom to discover patterns, forms and colors. Abstract photography lets you relax, explore and have happy accidents. There are no rules

A great way to improve your visual creativity is to try your hand at abstract compositions. Set aside your literal mind, forget about perfect focus, and allow yourself the freedom to discover patterns, forms and colors. Abstract photography lets you relax, explore and have happy accidents. There are no rules Read More → Read more

#18: Night Exposures

With the days getting longer, we can start looking forward to spending more time outdoors on warmer evenings. Night photography allows a totally different outlook on your surroundings, whether capturing the bright, busy lights of the city or quiet moonlit landscapes. For this assignment, we want to see what inspires you after the sun goes Read more…

With the days getting longer, we can start looking forward to spending more time outdoors on warmer evenings. Night photography allows a totally different outlook on your surroundings, whether capturing the bright, busy lights of the city or quiet moonlit landscapes. For this assignment, we want to see what inspires you after the sun goes down. Read More → Read more
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