May assignment: Nature
Last month Kevin Loughlin of Wildside Nature Tours took us around the world with nature and birding photography. Our assignment for the May Meeting was to take your inspiration from his talk and send us 2 new nature photographs. Birds, frogs, lizards and all types of critters are in the mix.
Here are the homework entries for Nature
April assignment: Shoot the Night Sky
Last month Jillisa Milner taught us how to shoot the stars. Long exposures and a tripod were essential. A wide angle lens, patience, and willingness to show up at 3AM topped it off. And believe it or not, many of us showed up!
Here are the homework entries for Astro-Photography
March assignment: Take a group portrait capturing two people or more.
In last month's presentation, professional photographer Mike Force described group photography as the art of capturing at least two people who share some relationship, without giving a posed appearance. Great shots take advantage of the setting, lighting, and the connection between the individuals. As Mike explained, the photographer doesn’t “pose” the scene, but “directs” and “composes” the photo.
Here are the homework entries for group portraits:
February’s assignment was to go Impressionistic:
Using today's camera and processing software, photographers have the tools to become neo-impressionist artists, as demonstrated by January's lecturer Roger Morin. Using features such as multiple exposures, stacking, and a creative eye, images can be easily created that would make Renoir envious. Some suggestions were to try "Dream Glow" by taking two shots of the identical subject using an aperture of f/22 on the first and f/2.8 or 4 for the second. Then, using Photoshop or photogenic software, layer or blend the images on top of one another. Another suggestion was to try using the slow exposure approach, setting the shutter speed to 1/10 sec (or slower), and taking a picture while shaking or moving the camera or lens. Instructions were to be creative and experimental, and see what artistic masterpiece you can create.
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