Image Challenge: Christmas
Set Subject: Abstract
Abstract photography is the expression of ideas and emotions by using elements such as colours, lines, shapes and textures without attempting to create a realistic picture – any subject, no matter how ordinary, can become abstract depending on the way it is photographed.
More often than not what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in.
There are no rules about composition or framing – it all comes down to you, your view and what you find interesting or beautiful – you are only limited by your vision and ideas.
Ways to get started:
- Choose strong shapes
- Get up close
- Use colour to grab attention
- Seek out texture
- Look for repeating patterns
- Use lines and curves
- Photograph reflections
- Shoot through another object
- Capture shadow
- Blur your images
Image Challenge: Weather
Set Subject: Self Portrait
A Self-portrait is a representation of an artist photographed by the artist. The self-portrait is more than a selfie or snapshot because it is about capturing the essence of the artist’s identity and attitude and personality.
The self-portrait can be considered as an act of introspection, self-exploration or a visual diary.
Consideration needs to be given to background, dress and position, angle and can include several approaches – environmental, constructionist, candid and creative.
Image Challenge: Water
Set Subject: Antique
An antique has value because of its aesthetic or historical significance, and its age, beauty, and rarity. Something may be very old, but uninteresting or very common, and the key is to find something that you can photograph well.
How old is antique, there is the saying, “Grandmothers are antique little girls.” But we who are in that age of life may not like being called elderly, let alone antique. However, what about some genuinely elderly people approaching the age of antique (100 years) with their beautiful wrinkles?
Image Challenge: Repetition
Set Subject: Dominant Colour
The key colour is the main colour in an image. Often, the key colour in an image is that which is the most dominant. Allowing one colour to dominate can lead to a powerful image. This is stronger when a primary colour (red, blue or yellow) is the dominant colour.
The colour can be but does not have to be 100% of the image. Images can be created in natural light, filtered studio light, a filter on the lens or manipulated in Photoshop. These can also be called monochromatic..
Image Challenge: Then and Now (Diptych)
Set Subject: At Night
Ideally this set subject encompasses any image taken at night – the aim is to illustrate some aspect of that time when we are in darkness – after the sun as set and there are no effects of twilight on the night sky. There are many interesting subjects that can be shot at night using long exposure – use your imagination to capture the activity of the night.