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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Shadows

The newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “shadows.” Photographing shadows can pretty easy. No special equipment is required. You can shoot it with a DSLR, a point-and-shoot or a smartphone. What is needed is a strong, unfiltered light source. For that reason a bright sunny day tends to work best. Diffused light, such as an [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: The nature of things

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein Nature is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. From the mountains to the oceans to our own backyards, the natural world is all around us. Many readers sent in photos of of scenic landscapes of poppy-covered hillsides or river [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The call of nature

Spring is in full swing with warm weather and flowers blossoming which is the inspiration of the newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Nature. It’s a broad subject encompassing landscapes, wildlife and more, so you can approach it several different ways.   Landscapes and seascapes tend to be shot with wide angle lenses, which is fine. [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Rule of thirds

The rule of thirds, the subject of the latest challenge assignment, is a compositional tool that many learn when starting out in photography. It states that if you divide up the frame into equal thirds with imaginary lines vertically and horizontally, your main subject should be placed at one or more of the intersection of [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Three is the magic number

The subject of the newest Readers Photo Challenge is the rule of thirds. It is a compositional rule of thumb of sorts. If you divide the camera’s frame into thirds with imaginary lines, both horizontally and vertically, where those lines intersect are what is know as points of interest. Placing your subject at or near [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: True blues

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Into the blue

Blue is a primary color along with red and yellow upon which all other colors are based and it’s the subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge. Blue is the color of the sky and sea (though technically the sea’s color is reflected from the sky). There are bluebirds, blueberries and bluebell flowers. Blue is [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Rockin’ the house

Readers who sent in photos for the latest Photo Challenge assignment had rocks on their brains, but that was a good thing. Some sent in rocks where they lay, others strategically placed them in their compositions. There were painted and/or decorated rocks while others shot rocks in their natural, undecorated state. There were photos of [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Rock the house

The first Readers Challenge Photo assignment will give you an opportunity to rock the house because the subject is “rocks”. In the animated TV special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” the characters go trick or treating during Halloween. Each child would excitedly proclaim the kind of candy they got after every stop except for [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Reaching for the stars

Readers looked to the heavens to find inspiration for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The Sky. Some of them used the sky as the primary subject for their photos like the main ingredient in a soup while others used it a background like the broth for that soup, adding an overall flavor to their [...]

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