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  1. #1
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    Monthly Assignment Topics

    I'm curious to see what suggestions members have to offer for the monthly assignments. Although there are all kinds of photography suggestions/lists available online, I'm just wondering what the people here might specifically be interested in photographing. This is a way for even the beginners to weigh in. It doesn't mean we would use all of the suggestions, but it would be nice to offer some challenges that are wanted by our members. What would you like to see become a monthly assignment? Please keep in mind not everyone is experiencing the same seasons or holidays across the world.


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  2. #2
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    What I would find useful is a list of up coming topics, maybe quarterly.

    For a topic old buildings.
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    look at nikonites - the 12 most posted to threads. We (nites) have our posting comfort zones.
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    The local camera club I recently joined does a Monthly Challenge, and last week it was "What I Did This Summer". We were all supposed to submit 10 pictures that told a narrative when seen in sequence. Everyone had a lot of fun with it, and it resulted in some very creative pictures and collections. I imagine that with a bit of format tweaking it would be enjoyable in an online club like this as well.

    For myself, I think I'd enjoy seeing a "Straight Out Of Camera, No Post Processing" challenge (and dedicated folder). I think it would be neat to see how we all get on with handling exposure and composition on our own (no cropping, even!) Plus, and maybe this is my own failing, I have to admit I'm rather put off by the trend to over sharpen, over saturate, over contrast, every. single. picture. often to the point where it no longer looks like a photograph any more. It's just, "shoot wide angle, then crop! crop! crop! and adjust - Lightroom and your 50-jillion megapixel sensor can make you look like you know what you're doing!" Lol...ok, it's not that bad (not here anyway, of course), but...I am sick of fringing. So, yeah. I think an OOC assignment would be a breath of fresh air
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    I like Pup's idea.
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    But........ I thought the idea behind the weekly and monthly challenges was to get you out of your comfort zone and try new things. Develop new skills.

    However, keep the topic suggestions coming. Anything that will get more participation, I am all for it.
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    Some I'd like personally

    Sports
    Fire hydrants
    Nighttime street/city/highway scenes
    Nostalgia
    Ships/boats
    Farm animals
    Airplanes
    Coins
    Zoom with slow shutter speed effect
    Shadows

    I don't know how many of these have been done in the past, but I thought I'd throw out some ideas.
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    The local camera club I recently joined does a Monthly Challenge, and last week it was "What I Did This Summer". We were all supposed to submit 10 pictures that told a narrative when seen in sequence. Everyone had a lot of fun with it, and it resulted in some very creative pictures and collections. I imagine that with a bit of format tweaking it would be enjoyable in an online club like this as well.
    Could do variations on this too, two, three etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    For myself, I think I'd enjoy seeing a "Straight Out Of Camera, No Post Processing" challenge (and dedicated folder). I think it would be neat to see how we all get on with handling exposure and composition on our own (no cropping, even!) Plus, and maybe this is my own failing, I have to admit I'm rather put off by the trend to over sharpen, over saturate, over contrast, every. single. picture. often to the point where it no longer looks like a photograph any more. It's just, "shoot wide angle, then crop! crop! crop! and adjust - Lightroom and your 50-jillion megapixel sensor can make you look like you know what you're doing!" Lol...ok, it's not that bad (not here anyway, of course), but...I am sick of fringing. So, yeah. I think an OOC assignment would be a breath of fresh air

    I think the term "Straight out of the camera" is a term that needs to be retired. There are so many settings within the camera which control the output. Look at all the settings just under picture control. What if you shoot a sunrise in daylight white balance or cloudy. It would imo a big job for the Admins.
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse;712356

    For myself, I think I'd enjoy seeing a "Straight Out Of Camera, No Post Processing" challenge (and dedicated folder). I think it would be neat to see how we all get on with handling exposure and composition on our own (no cropping, even!) Plus, and maybe this is my own failing, I have to admit I'm rather put off by the trend to over sharpen, over saturate, over contrast, every. single. picture. often to the point where it no longer looks like a photograph any more. It's just, "[I
    shoot wide angle, then crop! crop! crop! and adjust - Lightroom and your 50-jillion megapixel sensor can make you look like you know what you're doing![/I]" Lol...ok, it's not that bad (not here anyway, of course), but...I am sick of fringing. So, yeah. I think an OOC assignment would be a breath of fresh air
    SOOC in RAW would never work. The whole purpose of RAW is to ensure proper processing of the picture is possible. SOOC in RAW would mean relatively low contrast, low saturation, and slightly unsharp in almost every case. A shot in jpeg will be affected by camera controls, and really IS a processed picture. I totally understand what you are getting at, and I agree that many pictures are processed in a very heavy handed manner.

    As far a cropping, I almost always shoot slightly wide to leave room for leveling if needed, and to crop to certain print sizes. Wildlife, sports, and other action type shots frequently need to be cropped because it is often impossible to position yourself properly to fill the frame. Again, I get where you are coming from. It's best practice to fill the frame and compose in camera as much as is possible and practical. It's the possible and practical part that will get you.

    Just my two cents, for what it's worth.

    I love the What I Did This Summer kind of idea. That would be fun.
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    Re: Monthly Assignment Topics

    Low light
    Long exposures
    Black and white
    Composed images
    Macro with or without macro lens
    Antiques
    Light Painting
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