Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Suggestion Box/Blog Preview: Winter 2017-2018

Post your suggestions for future topics in the comments here. I may clear out the list from time-to-time just for my own sanity. Naturally, I reserve the right to accept or reject any of the suggestions. (Also feel free to leave feedback about the preview below.)

The other purpose of this post is to give you a preview of the topics I've got on my list to write about over the next few months.  I'll be posting 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Mondays will continue to be Mediocre, but may also double as an opportunity to talk about a technical topic. Wednesdays are the day that I share a "good" picture from my portfolio, and talk a little about it. Fridays, well Fridays are the wild card day. Fridays will be split between three general categories: composition, technical/technique, and inspiration. Here's how I see each of those.

With composition articles, we'll look at one of the "rules" of composition, and briefly talk about what it does for the image. Examples include the rule of thirds, frame within a frame, lead lines, left-to-right rule, and perspective.

Technical/technique articles will mostly be looking at some technical aspect of photography. Topics include exposure, aperture, ISO speed, entrance pupil, and lens aberrations.

Inspiration articles are a bit hard to describe, so bear with me for a sec. I post a topic, or thing, and show a couple of my images related to it. The idea being that you, my loyal reader, then go out and take photos related to that topic. You then share them here or on Twitter, and in a future entry, we'll look at what people did with that prompt, with a little commentary from me about the photo. If  the idea of sharing your work here is terrifying, I assure you that this is a friendly place, and while constructive criticism is ok, I will not tolerate people being mean to each other in my comments section. The simple rule applies- if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

An important side note: you don't need to have an expensive camera to participate. This series is not to force people to buy equipment, or shame people for using the camera on their iPhone or a cheap digital point-and-shoot. The idea is to give people who are thinking, "I'd really like to get into photography," an excuse to get started, some inspiration, and a friendly place to get some feedback.

In case that wasn't entirely clear, here's a couple example inspiration topics and a little explanation:
  • Rust: show something rusty, whether it's a bridge, a car, or a fence.
  • Transportation: Planes, trains, automobiles and foot power. Anything to get you from point A to point B.
  • Light: a photo that uses light, whether the picture itself is bright, or the picture of lights at night. 
Full rules for submissions, and disclaimers when we have our first episode.

And with that the suggestion box is open. I genuinely look forward to hearing from you. If you don't want to register to comment, I'll also accept suggestions on twitter @thebecwar, or via email at suggestions AT this blog's domain name DOT net.

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