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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 winners will get 30 rolls of the Professional film of their choice courtesy of B&H Photo Video.

This Month - Make Color the Subject

This month's self assignment is about color and light.

Color can become the subject of an image - particularly bright or dominant colors.  

This month's self assignment is to create an image where the color red is the dominant theme.  Composition, contrast, and the angle and color of the light all play a part in pulling this one off.

The image can be a complete abstract, something recognizable pulled from a scene (as this door was), or a normal composition where red becomes the dominant theme.  Obviously images should be in color - toned black and white images aren't allowed.  Images shouldn't be digitally manipulated beyond minor tweaking.  Images that have been heavily altered digitally will be disqualified.  You can use any focal length lens.

Film Types
Color only!, Negative, Slide, or digital

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

Each month we pick several photos from the previous months 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
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