This Week in the Digital Photography Forums (29 Aug-4 Sep ‘10)

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Weekly Assignment

Living the Life that Matters 101This week we photographed a subject that is near and dear to me, Books. A good book can create a story, transport you to somewhere new, help you relax, give you a laugh, or make you think. And we had all of those in our winners this week. Our winner though was a shot that reminded us how books can make us laugh with MagdaK's well read dog. This shot had to be hard to shoot, but even so, it was incredibly well done. We liked the blue tones and the setup was just perfect. Well done, MagdaK! Our first runner up was mseigafuse, who reminded us how books can transport us into a different world. mseigafuse's shot of I, Robot takes the story out of the pages of the book and brings it into the photo. You might want to view this one larger to get the full effect of it. And last, but not least was a very well done entry that shows us how books can make us think. arofarmer's shot using the Tibetan Book of the Dead has a very somber feel to it, but at the same time, the lightness of it underscores the fact that it's not necessarily sad. This one was a very powerful image. Well done everyone!

Self DiscoveryThis week we started our Cars assignment. We've all seen those beautiful pics in advertisements and some of us regularly pick up magazines with stunning images of cars in all their glory, so let's see what you can do. As always, a quick reminder of the rules if you wish to have your photo included in the mini-contest to be featured on the blog at the end of the week. First, your photo must have been taken between 25 August – 8 September 2010. Second, your post must include the words “Assignment: Cars” and the date the photo was taken. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it's useful if you can include some of the main points (e.g. camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc). Next week, to celebrate the return to school for many kids in the northern hemisphere, our next assignment is Learning. So consider what learning means to you and show us in your photo.

Hot Threads

  • Your Standards or Theirs?: If you're ever thought about doing something with your photography, you might have thought about how you compare to other photographers. And then you might wonder what potential clients would think about your work. But have you stopped to think if your work meets your own standards? So, which of these things matters to your more? Your standards? Clients' standards? Other photographers' standards? And how do you reconcile those? Come share your thoughts over in the forums.
  • Creating and Printing Photobooks: And if you have thought about doing something with your photos, maybe you've considered making a photobook. But how much do you know about creating photobooks, and how do you know which service to actually use? Come read this thread about creating your own photobooks and learn a little more about the process.
  • Beginner to Beginner Photography Tutorial: Sometimes it can be overwhelming to be a beginner. How do you know where to start, what the basics are, and even how to actually search for what you might neat to learn? That's where it can be useful to get tips from other beginners. So if you head over to the forums, you can find a post on just that. Help from one beginner to another!
  • RAW: Sharpening and Noise: Nearly all images do need some sharpening. And whether you do this in Photoshop, Lightroom, or a specialized sharpening program, one of the things you might find is that you're left with noisier images. But why is that? Come read a bit more about noise, RAW, and photoshop processing over in the forums.
  • What Would You Do: That's right, you have another chance to participate in a WWYD thread. These are our post-processing threads where you get the chance to edit another forum member's photos. So if you're interested in learning about post-processing, you might want to head over and try your hand at WWYD.

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This Week in the Digital Photography Forums (29 Aug-4 Sep ‘10)


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