This year's topics provide creative opportunities for both the emerging photographer and the more advanced photographer.

Month

Assigned Topic

Description

References

September

Food

We love food more than most things in life. We interact with it often (sometimes too often) throughout the day. Now celebrate it in photography. This can be traditional food photography or something far more creative.

https://www.seriouseats.com/2015/03/beginners-guide-to-food-photography.html

 

https://digital-photography-school.com/11-quick-food-photography-tips-to-make-mouth-watering-images/

 

https://www.diyphotography.net/15-awesome-food-photography-tips/

 

October

Water

We need water even more than food. We drive hours to vacation by the sea. We hike along the banks of rivers. And we love the atmosphere of scenes with fog and water vapor and ice. Try your hand at creatively capturing water in any of its various states.

https://www.google.com/search?q=photographing+water&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYwe6H8cTbAhXkt1kKHUhXD1UQsAQIeg&biw=1691&bih=1028

 

https://learn.zoner.com/6-basic-tips-for-photographing-water/

 

https://loadedlandscapes.com/photographing-states-water/

November

Human Body

Photographing the human body in its various forms has been around since the beginning of photography itself.

Examples: https://www.art.com/gallery/id--b179416-c23946/the-human-body-photography-prints.htm

 

https://www.viewbug.com/contests/the-human-body-photo-contest

 

https://fstoppers.com/spotlight/human-body-blind-photographers-eye-164589

 

http://www.pxleyes.com/blog/2011/11/the-art-of-photographing-human-body-parts-in-close-up/

 

January

Trio

Three is the magic number. Can you capure a trio of objects? This gets at the rule of odds in photography, but we are limiting it to three objects.

https://www.outdoorphotographyguide.com/article/photo-composition-tip-three-magic-number/

 

 

Rule of Odds - https://zurb.com/word/rule-of-odds

 

https://gurushots.com/article/35-photographs-that-perfectly-exploit-the-rule-of-odds-

 

 

February

Landscapes…In the style of Pictorialism (painterly feel)

Pictorialism is an approach to photography that emphasizes beauty, tonality, and composition rather than the documentation of reality. Pictorialism became popular in the mid to late 1800’s. You can do this in camera or in your editing software (e.g., add textures and adjust tones) to make landscapes appear more like paintings.

 

https://www.britannica.com/technology/Pictorialism

https://www.google.com/search?q=landscape+photographers+pictorialism&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHj_rQ7cTbAhXEzlkKHaJ_Dr0QsAQIVQ&biw=1691&bih=1028

 https://photographylife.com/turn-your-photo-into-artwork 

http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/photography/pictorialism.htm

https://www.thephoblographer.com/2017/11/15/how-to-make-your-landscape-images-look-like-paintings-in-camera/ 

March

Triptych

Photographers have also grown to appreciate the triptych style, using it to arrange three of their images within one frame with clear borders between them, or by using a separate frame for each photo and mounting them on the wall next to each other. Triptych photography might involve taking one picture and splitting it into three different parts or shooting three separate photos that are related

https://www.thephotoargus.com/triptych-photography-examples-and-ideas/

 

http://bashooka.com/inspiration/25-amazing-examples-of-triptych-photography/

 

https://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/triptych

 

Using lightroom to create:

https://digital-photography-school.com/creating-a-triptych-in-lightroom/

 

Using Photoshop to create:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt45IWLTrBs

April

Portraiture

Let’s try a little portrait photography. Think out of the box. Use High Key, low key or any other style.

https://photophique.com/creative-portrait-photography-tips/

 

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/photography-video-capture/cameras/14-portrait-photography-tips-you-ll-never-want-to-forget-1320776

 

https://petapixel.com/2018/05/04/the-10-commandments-of-portrait-photography/

 

https://digital-photography-school.com/making-low-key-portrait/

 

https://profoto.com/us/profoto-stories/how-to-do-a-high-key-portrait

 

https://iso.500px.com/natural-light-retouching-portrait-photo-tutorial/

May

Decay Decrepitude

Ruins and Relics—Can you turn decay into beauty

 

https://digital-photography-school.com/20-beautiful-examples-of-urban-decay-photography/

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-32532893

 

 

     
     
     


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