Happy 2015 everyone! Something new I'm going to try this year is a monthly photo challenge. Every month, I'll post a couple of photography assignments. I'll also post that month's 2015 revlimiter.net Calendar image as a downloadable desktop background.
I'm pretty excited about this. It might be a lot of work and headaches, but then again, it might be a lot of fun. Got my fingers crossed.
January Desktop Image
Download it here! Sharka is the January 2015 calendar image, so he gets to be the first desktop of the year. Yay!
Photo Assignment 1: Snow
Since it's the time of year for it, why not exploit the white stuff? Take your tiny car and go shoot it in the snow. No other requirements - just a car (or some other awesome subject) and some snow.
If you're blessed with a LOT of snow in your scene, you'll discover that your camera really doesn't want to make the snow white. With default adjustments, the snow will come out a sort of medium grey and everything else will be under exposed. Try shooting on manual or just dialing in a bit of over exposure. +1 or +2 will usually do the trick in getting snow back to white.
Technical Assignment 1: Rule of Thirds
This is a very simple one – rule of 3rds. There are approximately 43,071,998 web pages about this topic, so I’ll not attempt to type more pages about it. Take a look at Wikipedia’s Rule of thirds entry. It’s pretty decent.
The cliff notes: try framing your subject where two of the lines cross. Having the horizon at exactly 1/3 or 2/3 up the photo is… kinda unnecessary. It also often results in a bit of a boring photo. The useful bit of the “rule” is in the framing of your subject. Getting your car in the cross-hairs can turn a bland image into one that looks natural. The Rule of Thirds can add that final bit of pop to your image. And it helps you to visualize your final image before you actually snap the pic.
1: Photos due by January 31st.
2: Photo must be shot by you sometime this month. Shoot something new!
3: You can shoot as many times as you want. Shoot and post. Get feedback and then go back out and shoot some more.
I realllly hope this takes off and is fun for everyone. And not a ton of work for me. And is generally awesome.