Photography 101, Weekend Three: Hone Your Camera Eye

This week, we’ve worked with color, movement, architecture, landscapes, and other scenes. Want to experiment more? Read on.

Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

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Hello, photographers!

Congratulations on a successful third week. We hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever you do.

Remember: there are no new assignments for Saturday and Sunday, so catch up in the Commons, revisit themes from this week, or just take a break.

If you’d like to explore this week’s topics, consider these projects:

  • Focus on one color this weekend: take your camera everywhere you go, and see what you can find. Then, select your favorites from your shoot and publish a gallery.
  • Try the above, but with two contrasting colors.
  • Experiment more with motion: take pictures of one moving subject or bustling scene, with and without flash. What are the results, and what do you prefer?
  • Observe and capture an entire scene, but also zooming in within it. Stick to architecture if you’d like: capture the size and essence of a building, but get close to record its decorative details. Or, choose something different — a farmer’s market, a festival, a soccer match — and take establishing shots while also looking for smaller moments within the scene.
  • Whatever you shoot, pay attention to what’s along the borders — practice in-camera cropping and train your eye to edit in your viewfinder or screen.
  • As you prepare a post with a gallery, try a different gallery type. If you published a Thumbnail Grid gallery last weekend, try a Tiled Mosaic or Square Tiles. Or, never published a gallery of Circles? Do that instead!

Have fun!

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