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Weekend assignment: Introducing the weekend assignment

The weekend assignment is a weekly (well, that’s the plan) prod to get out there on the weekend and put into practice what you’ve been reading about. The idea is simple: reading about technique is pointless without practice. My hope is that the weekend assignment will not only help you improve your photography but also give you some creative ideas to focus on each weekend to help you make fresh images.

This week we’ve covered indoor portrait lighting, learning how to simplify your compositions, and making abstract photographs.

If you shoot indoors, get someone to pose for you and try the window lighting technique described in indoor portrait lighting. Or try your hand at making an abstract photograph. The ideas in each of those articles are easy to put into practice regardless of what you may be shooting this weekend. Try to keep them in mind while you shoot.

Have a great weekend!

Update: Over the course of the weekend and next week, post your results for this assignment here. Share a little about what you tried and how you think it turned out. Thanks for the suggestion, Dave!

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you’re interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.

  • guynameddave

    Cool idea. I know you cannot give away something every weekend, but what about all of us giving away some kudos? Maybe a Weekend Assignment roundup (tag?) and Photodoto users can pick the Weekend Winners?

  • I like the idea of the guy above me.. or maybe you could have everyone vote on the most interesting/new/best/etc. photo in the discussion thread and then choose one or two from there and they get to go on to a special group? That’d be nice.

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