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Weekly Photography Assignments

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Join in practicing your photography skills by participating in our weekly blog photography assignments! This is a list of all of our weekly assignments to take and a link to the original blog entries. It's also never too late to participate in sharing your assignments on the forum. Just post your images under the appropriate assignment thread.

Weekly Assignment 1 - Up Close
One of the absolute best ways to improve your photography is to practice!!! Doing is the best way to see results. In order to help you practice your photography I will be posting a different assignment each week in the blog. Be sure to submit your shots in the forum so everyone can enjoy the results of these assignments.

This week's assignment is to get up close to your subject. Pick and everyday object and focus on a small part of it. Get as close as your camera will allow you to focus and shoot away. Try for different angles and unusual lighting to add to the mystery of this tiny world. From the whiskers of your pet cat, to a fragile Christmas ornament, to soap bubbles, there is an entire world that we often overlook because we don't get close enough.

Weekly Assignment 2 - Pets
Time for more photography practice! This week's assignment is to take photographs of your pets. Pets are vital parts of our lives and each one is unique. Focus on capturing your pet's personality so that it shines in the image. We've added some wonderful ideas on capturing your pet's personality in photographs to help you with this week's assignment. Be sure to post your shots in our forum so we can see all the wonderful pets.

Weekly Assignment 3 - Home
As promised in my America At Home blog entry, this week's assignment plays off of their daily assignments. This week your assignment is to take an image that represents "home" to you. Your kid covered in mud, your grandmother cooking, or even a pile of laundry can represent home. Take your best shot and post it in the weekly assignment folder in the forum.

Weekly Assignment 4 - Motion
Time for another weekly photography assignment! This week's assignment is motion. Photography is a static medium. That means that it is still, it doesn't move. Conveying a sense of motion in that static medium is often essential to capturing a scene and/or emotion. This week I want you to convey motion in your images. Blur it, stop it, suggest it. How you convey motion is up to you. Be sure to post your images in the forum and come see what others are shooting as well.

Weekly Assignment 5 - Trees
his week's assignment is trees. Trees come in an infinite variety of types and shapes and sizes. Some are tall while others are short. Some are alive with leaves while others are dead and leafless. Some show their roots to the world while others bury them deep underground. Some have strong branches that reach ever skyward and still others have flexible branches that sweep the ground. What do you think of when you think of trees? Show us your vision of what "trees" means. Be sure to visit the forum to share your image with everyone and discuss other photos.

Assignment 6 - Shadows
Time for another weekly assignment! This week's assignment is Shadows. Take a look around for shadows and record them on film. You could show the shadow as the total focus of the image. Or perhaps the shadow is incidental to the subject. Is the shadow natural or created by flash? Shadows are integral to creating depth in a 2 dimensional medium such as photography. Take time this week to explore the "dark side".

Weekly Assignment 7 - Water
Before it gets too cold to be anywhere near water, this week's assignment is water. Still water, moving water, muddy water. Whatever water you chose to photograph, make the water the subject. Of course you can have other items in the image, but water should be the main focus.

Remember when composing your images to keep in mind the basics - the rule of thirds, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, and exposure.

Weekly Assignment 8 - Vehicles
Its that time again! This week's assignment and contest is vehicles. From fire trucks to tractors to mustangs - pick a vehicle and show us your best image. Include the whole vehicle or do a study of one part of the vehicle...it is entirely up to you.

Do remember to pay attention to your depth of field and focus when composing your images. And as people are likely to be involved with vehicles I do need to remind you that if any person is recognizable in the image you MUST have a photo release in order to submit your photo to the contest or otherwise post it on the site.

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