About Eric Minbiole

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been absolutely fascinated with anything technical– electronics, computers, cameras, gadgets, etc. Growing up, I loved taking things apart to see what was inside. While I couldn’t always put things back together, I loved trying to figure out how things work. Because of my love for all things technical, I pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, and currently work as a Software Engineer. I’ve been fascinated with photography ever since borrowing my parents 110 film camera when I was young. It’s been a great hobby ever since: I love experimenting with photos, and trying new things. I especially love technical and/or trick photography. (“Gimmicks!”, as my wife jokingly calls them 😉 ) While I’m comfortable with the technical side of how to shoot, I struggle more with the artistic side of what to shoot in the first place. This is one reason I quite enjoy this group: There are fun, interesting ideas each week. I joined PhotoChallenge as a participant in 2014, and am amazed at how much this group has helped me learn. Each week, I look forward to the fun, creative challenges that Steve, Trevor, Gary, and Jeremy put together. Most importantly, the weekly challenges give me the motivation to get out there and take photos each week. (Otherwise, I suspect my camera might be gathering dust on the shelf.) As well, interacting with the fantastic members of the group– discussing suggestions, techniques, what works, what doesn’t– has been an invaluable help. I am absolutely thrilled to join the PhotoChallenge team– I’ve learned so much from the group, and hope that I can give back a little bit. If you’d like to see some of my photos, please check out my flickr page.

WEEK 24: Soft Light

Photography is all about light. As such, it should come as no surprise that lighting is one of the most important aspects in creating a great photograph. The quality of READ MORE →

Week 18: Abstract Macro

This week, I want everyone to take a macro shot that highlights the curves, patterns, colors, and shapes within your subject. You should try to get close enough to at least partially obscure what the subject actually is. Ideally, your photograph should capture the viewer’s attention, while they try to figure out what they’re seeing. READ MORE →

Week 12: Forced Perspective – 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photochallenge

This week, we’re going play with Forced Perspective. Put simply, forced perspective is a fun optical illusion that can make big things look small, small things look big, near things look far, or far things look near. To do so, the photographer carefully arranges objects in the foreground and/or background to “trick” the viewer into thinking these objects are near each other, even when they’re not. It’s a fun technique that can be used to create some very creative, memorable photos. READ MORE →

WEEK 6: Macro Texture – 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge

This week, we’ll revisit one of my favorite types of photography: Macro Photography. In particular, we’re going to use macro photography to emphasize the texture of the subject. One of READ MORE →

WEEK 52: Old and New – 2017 Trevor Carpenter Photochallenge

As we wrap up another year of great photography, I want to note that the members of this group continue to impress me with the amazing, creative shots taken every READ MORE →

WEEK 49: Contrasting Colors – 2017 Trevor Carpenter Photochallenge

Since last week was a black and white challenge, this week, we’re going to play with color. In particular, we’re going to look for Contrasting Colors. In a nutshell, contrasting READ MORE →

WEEK 47: Left to the Imagination – 2017 TREVOR CARPENTER PHOTOCHALLENGE

For this week’s challenge, the goal is to take a photo where the viewer’s imagination fills in the blanks. How you do that is completely up to you– Obscure part of the image; make the viewer wonder about something; leave part open to interpretation; or leave something out entirely. As always, I encourage creativity, or any out of the box ideas you may have. Get your camera, be creative, and enjoy! READ MORE →

2017 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 43: Negative Space

This week, we’re going to experiment with Negative Space. Put simply, negative space is the area around your subject, rather than the subject itself. By creatively controlling this empty space READ MORE →

2017 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 40: Reflections

This week, we’re looking to create photos that have fun, interesting reflections. By photographing a reflection of your subject, you can often create a more interesting, memorable image than if READ MORE →

2017 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 37: Minimalism – Repeating Patterns

This week, we continue with the Minimalism theme, by looking for subjects that have  repeating patterns. The goal this week is to find a subject that not only has an READ MORE →