WEEK 38: The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars

This week, we’ll have a bit of astronomical fun as we photograph the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. While looking through my old photos, I noticed that these types READ MORE →

Week 37 – FLASHBACK – ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS

If you’ve read the two old Photo Challenges, you already know that this has nothing to do with environmental issues. It’s all about photographing people in their environment,most often their work environment. READ MORE →

WEEK 36: B&W with Colored “Filters”

This week’s challenge introduces the concept of using colored filters for B&W photography. Some of you may already be familiar with this concept, but for others it will be brand READ MORE →

WEEK 35 : Environmental Photography – Plastics

If I had to take a guess, I would say that plastic water bottles are one of our most obvious signs of plastic contamination. Although recyclable and at times consigned with a monetary value, they seem to rarely make their way to responsible disposal. READ MORE →

WEEK 34: Food and Drink

For this week’s challenge, we’ll photograph something that is a part of all of our lives: Food and Drink. There are several reason why I love photographing food: Firstly, delicious READ MORE →

WEEK 33 – Flashback August Challenge, 2010: Vehicles

Just like in the original challenge, we’re not only looking for great images of entire vehicles. Cars are a little like buildings in architectural photography, just like we can choose to photograph an architectural detail on a building, we can photograph specific details of a vehicle. In the example above, the badge from an antique tractor I found in a field in Auvergne, France. READ MORE →

WEEK 32: B&W – Triangles

Implied triangles can also be used to create a relationship between objects in a photo. This article offers a wonderful explanation of the concept:
Street Photography Composition Lesson #1: Triangles. For example in the photo below, there is an implied triangle between the bicyclist, the person in the crosswalk in the background and the people on the sidewalk. While any one of those points is relatively small in the frame, the triangle between them creates a relationship that makes the photo about the people and not the cars. READ MORE →

WEEK 31: B&W – Long Exposure Clouds

You must create a black and white long exposure photograph taken with cloud movement. Depending on how fast the clouds move , you may be able to achieve the look you are looking for in one long exposure or by stacking multiple long exposures. Even if the cloud movement is favorable to one long exposure, you may choose to stack multiple shorter long exposures to reduce noise. READ MORE →

WEEK 30: Motion Blur

Most of the time, our pictures tend to freeze time in the exact instant the photo was taken. This tends to stop all movement, resulting in a more static, motionless image. However, if we intentionally slow down the shutter, then moving objects will tend to blur, and your photo will better convey a sense of motion. As always, let’s dive into some examples: READ MORE →

WEEK 29 – MACRO / CLOSE-UP

One lighting technique I use for Macro Photography is Cross Polarization. In a nutshell I polarize the light from my flashes and set a circular polarizer on my lens. If I’m set for Horizontal Polarization on my light source, I set the lens for Vertical Polarization, thus crossed. The end result is an elimination of glare creating a different texture and revealing lots of sometimes unseen details. READ MORE →