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Shoot and Share – Architecture and Small Stuff

The Concept:

In this Weekend Edition of Today’s Photo Minute, “Shoot and Share” Brian Osborne gives two challenges to go out and shoot as well as share our favorite images with others. The purpose of this is to not only get the camera in our hands but help us to look creatively for things around us that can be made into awesome photographs.

The Assignment:

Challenge 1: Architecture – Find a structure, building, house, etc. and practice your architecture photography. This challenge does not have to include a whole building but might be just a piece of it like an interesting window, door frame or similar.

Challenge 2: Small Stuff – This could be an insect, flower, still life or any number of other subject matters that you think would fit “small stuff” Practice your close-up photography skills and make sure to get the amount of depth of field that you want in the final image (remember the closer you get to a subject the less depth of field you will have so you may want a higher aperture).

When you get your images ready by late on Sunday, please share those with the rest of us who are participating as well. If you are on Facebook, please post them as a comment to this particular post. If you are not on Facebook, feel free to email your entries to brian@thephotoclassroom.com and I will be glad to post them

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Creating a starburst in your photos

The Concept:

In Today’s Photo Minute, we introduce the easy technique to get a starburst effect in your photos that have a point light source such as the sun, a streetlight, etc.

The Assignment:

Go to the highest aperture (F16, F22 or F32) on your lens and find a point light source. Be careful about looking through the viewfinder at the sun unless it is a sunrise or sunset situation or very small in the frame. You can do the same with a streetlight at night, a spotlight, a bright reflection off of a lake or a water drop, etc. and see how it looks in the final image. Sometimes you can see even more effect by shooting through trees, etc. with the sun just coming around the edge of the foreground subject. Be aware that you might see some results of lens flare (direct light hitting the lens can cause loss of detail in the shadow areas, streaks of color in the photo, etc.). Have fun seeing what you can do with this technique in different situations.

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Shoot and Share – Black & White and Sunlight

The Concept:

It is time for a weekend edition of Today’s Photo Minute with “Shoot and Share”. We have some more fun challenges to encourage all of us to get out and do some photography as well as share our images with each other.

The Assignment:

Challenge 1: Black and White – Black and white photos are always classic and popular. This challenge is open to any subject matter but will give us the creativity to see what neat images we can create that look great in black and white. Remember to look and or edit your images so that you have a good contrast range with a deep black tone in the photo and a nice white tone as well.

Challenge 2: Sunlight – Given our weather this week, I figured this would be an appropriate challenge to see what the theme of sunlight means to you.

When you get your images ready by late on Sunday, please share those with the rest of us who are participating as well. If you are on Facebook, please post them as a comment to this particular post. If you are not on Facebook, feel free to email your entries to brian@thephotoclassroom.com and I will be glad to post them

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Using Panning for Action Photos

The Concept:

In Today’s Photo Minute, Brian Osborne discusses using a panning technique to work with action situations instead of just always stopping motion like we normally think about with sports or wildlife.

The Assignment:

After the lesson above, start thinking about situations where movement is involved that you might try panning on. It can take quite a bit of practice but in general, the goal is to keep the lens moving at the same speed as the subject. Linear action such as a person running or riding a bike are the easiest starting places to work on this technique. Put your camera in Shutter priority mode and start with a shutter speed of 1/125th (Usually ISO 100 or 400 will work fine for this). Then pan with the subject while letting the camera shoot multiple frames in continuous frame advance mode. If your results have a sharp subject, great. If you want a little more blur in the background (to show movement) you can try a slightly slower shutter speed (closer to 1/60th) while still making sure that you can keep tracking with the subject. Check out the examples below with the shutter speed I used listed and also take a look at our Backyard Wildlife Photo of the Day on our Instagram page where I did the panning technique on a rabbit at full speed.

Panning at a shutter speed of 1/80th
Panning at a shutter speed of 1/160th
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Shoot and Share – Telephoto and Red, White and/or Blue

The Concept:

It is time for a weekend edition of Today’s Photo Minute with “Shoot and Share”. Since this is Memorial Day weekend, we will have an extra day to do some shooting and to get your best challenge photos into share with others.

The Assignment:

Challenge 1: Telephoto – We define telephoto as any focal length on a lens greater than 50mm. This would include popular ranges like an 18-300mm or a 55-250mm zoom. For those that have larger lenses such as a 100-400mm or 150-600mm, you could certainly work with this range. While the first thing that might come to mind is photographing something that is a distance from you like a bird or animal, I want to suggest you try the telephoto range on other subjects as well. Something called compression (how close the background looks relative to the subject) takes place with the higher focal lengths and it might be cool to see how this effect plays out with different subject matters. Either way, you go, get out the telephoto lens and have fun with it.

Challenge 2: Red, White and/or Blue – Since it is Memorial Day, I figured looking for subjects that are made up of one, two or all three of these colors would be neat. Have fun coming up with what you like best for this challenge.

When you get your images ready by late on Monday, please share those with the rest of us who are participating as well. If you are on Facebook, please post them as a comment to this particular post. If you are not on Facebook, feel free to email your entries to brian@thephotoclassroom.com and I will be glad to post them