About thedigitaljeanie

I’m a self-taught photographer and way back when I used to love taking photos, but I allowed a business that I started in 2004 to take over my life and my photographic repertoire was reduced to quick product shots and how-to tutorials. When I joined the PhotoChallenge in December 2015, I was looking to rekindle my creativity and bring some joy back into my photography. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back. I believe that photography can change the way we see and interact with the world around us. Some people may think that I hide behind the camera, but I feel that I experience the world in a much more intimate way when I am creating a composition in my viewfinder. In those moments distractions disappear, my mind focuses and I am fully present. It is just me and my camera capturing a moment in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. My background is as varied as the photos that I take. I’ve trained and worked as a software engineer, a massage therapist, an English teacher in Vietnam, a photo restoration artist (which is how I learned Photoshop) and for the past twelve years I have run a small software business with my husband where I have been published in numerous books and magazines, appeared on PBS television, created designs for fabric, quilts and machine embroidery and won awards for some of my quilts. It should come as no surprise that I am intensely curious about life and love to learn new things. I am blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, USA in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Fort Collins with my husband and cat. You can find me online at: Photos: flickr.com/photos/the-digital-jeanie/ Day job: KaleidoscopeCollections.com Facebook: facebook.com/jeaniesa

2021 WEEK 50: Holiday-inspired Minimalism

The holidays (at least in the USA) are often a time of excess – excess food, shopping, decorations, parties, etc. So I thought it would be interesting to look for simplicity within what often feels like chaos at this time of the year. This week I want you to take a minimalist photo inspired by the holidays around this time of the year: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice – or any other holiday celebrated in your part of the world at this time of the year. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 44: B&W Fruits & Vegetables à la Edward Weston

While on the surface it might seem like this week’s challenge is about vegetables, it is really about lighting, i.e. lighting that makes the vegetables look like sculptures. Consider your light source and add reflectors as necessary to enhance the shape and contours of your subject. Also experiment with the direction of the light hitting your subject to see how it changes the interpretation of the contours. Click through for more details and examples. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 38: The Power of Awe

The opportunities to experience awe in our daily lives abound if we simply choose to look for them. And that is your challenge this week: look for, notice and photograph something that elicits awe in you this week. For extra credit, try to photograph your subject in such a way as to elicit awe in the viewers of your image. Click through for more details and examples. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 32: Sound

While photography is a visual art, I thought it would be fun this week to engage more than just our visual sense when making our photos. In particular, I want you to make the viewer hear something (in their imagination) when looking at your photo. Click through for more details and examples. READ MORE →

WEEK 29: The Photographic Wheel of Fortune

I decided to bring back an older theme we’ve used in the past, actually, Eric Minbiole was the last contributor to bring the wheel back to life for WEEK 40 of the 2018 PhotoChallenge. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 26: Symmetry

I’ve long been fascinated by symmetry and thought it would be fun to do a symmetry challenge this week. You can accomplish this challenge in one of two ways: in camera or in post-processing. Click through for more details and examples. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 22: Changing Your Point of View (POV)

This week your challenge is to take a photo from a different point of view than you normally would. The vast majority of photos are taken from the eye level of the photographer, but changing your point of view, e.g. bird’s eye view, worm’s eye view, becoming the subject or shooting from the eye level of the subject, can create much more impactful photos. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 15: Focus on the Details

This week’s challenge is NOT a macro challenge! Instead, your challenge is to notice a small scene within a larger context and then photograph that. Try to distill a scene or context into the heart of the matter. What is it about a scene that captures the essence of what you see? When you take photos with a clear intent, they will ultimately have a bigger impact on the viewer. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 9: The Curiosity Gap

The concept of the curiosity gap is well-known to marketers and copywriters (“click bait” is a particularly annoying form of this), but as photographers we can use the curiosity gap to encourage our viewers to engage more fully with our images. Put very simply, the goal for this challenge is to leave the viewer wanting to know more about some aspect of your image. READ MORE →

2021 WEEK 4: Evoking Emotion (plus Intro to Personal Photo Projects)

This week’s photo challenge is all about evoking emotion with our photography. To be clear, this challenge is not about capturing emotion on people’s faces. Rather, it’s about taking a moment to reflect on what emotion you want to express or impart to the viewer of your photo. READ MORE →