Weekend assignment November 3, 2006: Three shots

Imagine you were stranded with a camera but only enough film/battery/storage for three shots. Just three. What would you shoot? Would you be more careful with your composition? Pay extra special attention to your shutter speed, focus, and other settings? In short, will you focus more on what you are doing? Consider this an experiment. Let’s find out if being more thoughtful about what and how you are shooting (rather than using the machine-gun method) changes your photography in a significant way.

To participate you must make this vow to yourself: “On Saturday (or Sunday), on my honor, I will shoot only three photographs. And to help keep myself honest, I won’t look at them until the following day.”

Please share your results with the rest of us in the Photodoto discussion group. Good luck! I can’t wait to see how this goes!

Weekend Assignment October 6, 2006: Ordinary things

The weekend assignment has seen a bit of a dry spell but that is ending today. Inspired by this photo, previously blogged on Photodoto, I’d like to make this assignment all about finding beauty in ordinary things. More than just a simple historical record, a photograph—or, more accurately, a photographer—has the ability to elevate anything from the mundane to the beautiful with a click of the shutter. This weekend’s assignment is a challenge in seeing. To envision the possibilities rather than what is seen at first glance. To make art from something that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Subject matter can be anything but try to make it something that most people ignore or take for granted. Other than that there are no restrictions. You can shoot a large scene or a single object. Whatever it takes. I know this is a broad topic but I’m hoping it will show you that photographic possibilities truly are all around us—we just need to adjust our seeing.

As always, please share your results with the rest of us in the Photodoto discussion group. And have a great weekend.

End of Summer

Well, it’s September. In the U.S. it’s Labor Day weekend, a tribute to the American worker and the symbolic end of Summer. So relax this weekend. Fire up the barbecue. Open a cold one. And if you happen to pick up your camera and shoot some of the good times, share them with us in the Photodoto discussion group. Have a great weekend!

Weekend assignment August 25, 2006: Portraits

For this weekend’s assignment, I’d like to see your interpretation of a portrait. As I wrote yesterday, portraits can take many forms, but an essential ingredient is a recognizable person. Of course, if you’ve got a different point of view, I’d love to see an example. Hopefully you’ve got some willing subjects around. Even if you don’t, going outdoors and shooting candid portraits is a good way to practice. And you can always fall back on the self-portrait if that doesn’t work for you. As always, please share your results with the rest of us in the Photodoto discussion group. And have a great weekend!

Weekend assignment August 4, 2006: Ice cream!

Well, it’s our first weekend in August and it is hot! It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot. So I thought it would be fun to have a weekend assignment that would not only be fun, it’ll help keep you cool, too. This weekend, we’re going to shoot food. Specifically, ice cream. There are a lot of ways you can approach this subject. One way is as a still life. Most food photography you find in magazines or on restaurant menus falls in this category. Check out Still Life With… for a great source of inspiration. Another approach is to photograph people enjoying food. These types of photos typically have a more candid feel (if not actually candid) and are full of life.

Ice cream. 1/60s @ f/7.1
Ice cream. 1/60s @ f/7.1

However you decide to approach it, have fun with it and please share your results with the rest of us in the Photodoto discussion group.

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