Meeting Dates & Assignments
Quarterly, there will be an assignment where the submitted photos will need to be taken within the previous 3 months of that meeting date. These are labeled Fresh. We do this to encourage our members to take photos frequently.
July 27…Barns: “This is a Print night so 1 print per person” 12×18 only.
Keep your eyes open when traveling to find something you want to photograph. Also ask around. You’ll be surprised how many people in your community know someone who has an old barn in a field somewhere. A lot of the old barns lack color. No problem, if you plan to make black and white photos. But even black and white can benefit from good lighting conditions.
There is a special time of day called the Magic Hour, also known as the Golden-hour, when the angle of light is low and the sun gives off a warm glow. It occurs one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. Taking photographs when a storm is clearing can add a lot of drama to your pictures. Many times after the rain stops and just before the sun goes down, the sun shines through the rain clouds. It can produce a warm and incredible yellow light. Sometimes you can even catch a rainbow. This assignment will be voted on by the members.
Please submit your Print photo digitally as well, plus a second one too if you like so that we can post this on our web site photo gallery.
August 24…Cityscapes: “Fresh” As to the style of photography “Think a grand urban landscape”– usually shot in the horizontal, but need not be. Sometimes shot at night to emphasize the buildings on the skyline, but again this is not necessary.
September 28……Beaches and Coastlines: “No Restrictions” Coastlines present the photographer with a wonderful array of photographic possibilities ranging from people shots on a crowded summer beach to more landscape oriented shots with waves crashing, ragged cliff faces and moody skies. While photographing your favorite beach or coastline, enjoy the beautiful scenery all around you as you find the perfect photograph for this assignment. Take along a polarizing and/or Neutral Density filter to get bluer skies and eliminate some reflections from the water.
October 26…Street Fairs and Farmers Markets: “Straight out of the Camera” Flea Markets, Farmers Markets, Craft fairs just to name a few. The following website is a really good one to get information on how to photograph strangers in public. http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/street-photography -tips-and-techniques.
November 16… Added Light: Photography is all about light. For this assignment, you must provide additional light in some way. You may use flash, a reflector, a mirror, a flashlight, led’s, etc. You must use something other than natural sunlight, but you may use moonlight. Get creative with anything from portrait work to macro to light painting at night. For ideas and Techniques go to “Tips for using a reflector in outdoor photography” or A Basic guide to Light Painting”
December 14… Exaggerated Perspective: (Fresh)
Take a Forced Perspective photo (A technique which employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is) in color only, using 3:2 aspect ratio.
Examples…..Comic effects- Use forced perspective to make a person seem to hold a building (eg. Leaning Tower of Pisa). Exaggerate size of buildings – architectural elements are much smaller in the upper reaches of the building compared to the foundation, making it seem significantly taller than its actual height (eg. Vegas, Disney Parks highlight buildings)