MONTHLY DIGITAL CHALLENGES FOR 2016.
The Digital Challenge criteria are:
- Digital format only
- Photos less than two years old
- Photos must not have been entered in a previous challenge
- Up to four/five entries per member
- Entries submitted by midnight on the Monday prior to the Camera Club’s monthly meeting
- Entries judged by a guest speaker or judge, and awarded Gold / Silver / Bronze
Monthly Digital Challenge 2016 Themes
Monochrome Wildlife (NB not just plain B&W, must have a single or dual tint (eg sepia) and may have a single contrast colour (classic examples are those monochrome advertising portraits of women with bright red lips, but do something other than this if you can unless you have a wild woman subject – hint: try to find a subject with a dominant colour that has a contrasting surround, and then selectively boost the subject while desaturating the surround in LR, PS. etc)
Outside looking in/Inside looking out. Self explanatory, but try for something really unusual.
Street After Dark. Use your imagination, but maybe a very long extended exposure (very low ISO, very small aperture, high f stop number eg 20 something, must have tripod), and please use your camera on manual.
Aging. Anything goes here, (not just grandma), but it must relate strongly to the aging process.
Wow – That’s different ; Creative. Do something that’s a real attention grabber, and stay away from the ordinary.
Triptych (group of 3 images of closely linked subject/s)
Song title; Must be a Beatles, Elvis or Rolling Stones CLASSIC, as you see it in camera (Yellow Submarine?)
Panorama (Must be minimum 3 images stitched in LR or PS, or some other software, NOT just a cropped single image, and NOT just taken on panorama setting in camera. The purpose here is to make you stretch your processing skills).
A few tips to get the best shots to stitch together;
- Use a tripod if possible, and make sure the camera is level so it will rotate on the same level for all shots (or you’ll end up with a sloping panorama).
- If shooting by hand try to minimise body shift (sideways, back and forward) during camera rotation or you may change the camera perspective.
- Use manual focus. Auto focus will try to focus on the nearest point in each shot.
- Use a set white balance (daylight or flash is usually best). If you use auto white balance the colour may change in different shots as you pan around.
- Use the artificial horizon and grid in your viewfinder if your camera has this feature to help ensure the camera is level and that you have overlapped shots enough.
- Use manual exposure settings. If you use auto settings you may get completely different settings in each shot.
- Repeat several image sequences to be sure you’ve covered everything you want. Some may stitch better than others. Also try different combinations of shutter speed and aperture for different effects.
- Make sure you overlap shots enough (eg 1/4), or the stitching programs can fail to recognise common features.
- Stitch your images in Lightroom, Photoshop etc BEFORE processing individual images, then process the final product.
- Practice with 3 or so shots before trying for a huge panorama, and consider holding the camera vertically for a horizontal panorama to get more height in your image (you’ll need to take more shots, obviously). Also consider doing vertical panoramas (maybe hold the camera horizontally this time?)
- Check this out; https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/how-to/merge-photos-for-panorama.html
inside the ……? (box, cupboard, wardrobe, toolboxetc, garden shed, whatever. This will really challenge you to be creative and escape the mundane)
Long exposure seascape
Your Personal Best of 2016, that has not been previously exhibited at a club meeting