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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 winner will get 20 rolls of the Professional film of their choice courtesy of FujiFilm Professional.

This Month - Hands

Ken Wiedemann

Eyes may be the window to the soul, but hands are the roadmap of our life experiences. Scarred knuckles, calluses, and deep lines all speak of our past. Cropping out everything else and focusing on the hands allows you to tell a story in a single image. 

It can be the tension in the hand of an athlete on the sidelines, the quiet power in the hands of a cabinet maker working wood, or the uniquely Caribbean story told by the hands of old men anxiously poised above a domino table worn by countless years of play. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

There are no restrictions on lens, camera, color or black and white. 

We ran this one about a year and a half ago. The first two images shown here are winners of that contest. You can see the results by clicking here.

Beck Nelson

October 20th

Film Types
Color or black and white, film or digital.

Lens Types (35mm format used as a reference)


Each month we pick several photos from the previous month's contest that we think are worthy of publication. Feel free to enter more than one photo. 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. 

By entering the contest you are giving us permission to publish the your photo in the magazine, our back issues section, and any reprints of back issues.

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
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