Site search Web search

Vivid Light Photography, digital and film photography online
Self Assignment

What are Self Assignments and Why Do Them?

We all tend to get in creative ruts sometimes. We start assuming too much about what we can and can't photograph, and about the limits of our equipment, our film, and ourselves. These assignments (hopefully) take you out of your comfort zone and get you photographing things you might not normally shoot. 

The only way to really learn is to do, and the more film you put through your camera the better you'll get.  Plus you get the chance to win a bunch of film.  This months winners will get 20 rolls of the Professional film of their choice courtesy of FujiFilm Professional.

This Month - A Derivative Photo

This month's self assignment is to create an interesting derivative image. By derivative we mean an image that is only part of a whole like the image of the Porsche at right. Its not the whole car, just a study of a part of it. Use your imagination here. It can be part of a building, a close-up of a batters hand clutching the bat as he prepares to step up to the plate, or the pair knarled old hands.

But the part should tell you something about the whole. In the case of the Porsche the close ups tell you about the beauty in the details that add up to the beauty in the whole. The tension in the batters hand speaks volumes about the emotion of batter as he steps up. And old hands speak to a life time of use.

Challenge yourself on this one. Use your imagination. You may be surprised at the images you create.

The image can be created with any type of camera or any focal length lens. It can be a photo of a landscape, architecture, or people, indoor or outdoor, digital or film, color, or black and white.

Film Types
Color or black and white, Negative, Slide, or digital are all OK.

Lens Types (35mm format used as a reference)
Any lens.

Each month we pick several photos from the previous month's contest that we think are worthy of publication. Photos should be submitted by email in JPEG format, and should be no larger than 1400x1400 pixels, 24 bit color (1.4MB). Overly large images will not be reviewed. Panoramic images may exceed 700 pixels in one direction but should not exceed 1.4MB in total file size. Photos should be submitted no later than one week before publication of the next issue (listed on the front page). Submission of a photo will be considered a defacto release for publication. 

Please include the following in your email:

  • Name
    email address
    Brand & model of camera
    Brand & focal length of lens
    Brand & speed of film used (or specify digital)
    Scanner and/or scanning method
    How/if the image was manipulated digitally
    The story behind the image
    Enter Now

  Subscribe to Vivid Light 
Photography by email 

Tell Us What You Think

Vivid Light Photography, monthly photography magazine online

Site search Web search

Vivid Light Photography, digital and film photography online