DIY Photo Challenge #2
Jack Carlson, Photography Instructor firstname.lastname@example.org
DIY Challenges have been designed to keep you at the top of your photo skills. Unlike class assignments, the DIY Photo Challenges have no specific due date or location so they’re perfect for those of you who are “sheltering in place” and/or “working from home.”
If you would like to share the pictures with me, simply attach them to an email and send them to me. Be certain to specify the challenge number and whether you would like me to return comments about the images.
Capture an image that denotes winter.
Possible subjects for this image include: a single leaf, pine cone or berry on the ground or on a tree branch that are covered, at least partially, with snow. Since icicles are quite weather dependent, be certain to add it to the shot if you’ve been lucky enough to find it. Use a dedicated macro or close-focusing lens for this image. Remember to use an aperture that will provide enough depth-of-field to keep the entire subject sharp. Perhaps a good starting aperture might be f3.5.
No macro lens? No problem. Your camera probably has a flower on the dial. It’s the universally accepted pictogram for a close-focus setting. If your camera has this, turn the mode dial to the flower pictogram so the camera will focus more closely than the standard range.
Capture an image of a small snow scene.
Warning: Using a long focal length lens could crop the image, thereby removing too much of the area. A very wide-angle lens could include more than the desired amount of subject.
Reminder: Allow sufficient time to compose the image so the subject will be separated from its surroundings. If the light is gray when you’re outside, add at least 1 stop of light with exposure compensation (+/-). Manual focus is highly recommended
Once you have taken both pictures:
Attach both images in jpeg format to an email and send to email@example.com.
1. Images may be from any place where you encounter snow-covered subjects. can be 2. No post-capture editing, since the instructor remains the same.
1. I know what some of you are thinking, but no dice: POST-PRODUCTION IS STILL NOT ALLOWED for the images you send. While this isn’t a structured class, the instructor remains the same, so why would this rule be eliminated?
2. Feel free to send questions/comments or a recipe for almond tarts in the note that accompanies your images.