Have you ever pursued a specific project or challenge to improve your photography? If not, let me tell you that not only is it an excellent way of developing a specific skill, but it also encourages you to learn about a genre in which you may have had very little interest.
Since we as artists all enjoy exercising our creative abilities and sharing our imagery with a wider audience, Mathieu and I at Mirrorlessons in association with Tyson Robichaud Photography Blog have decided to embark on a monthly Flickr photography challenge, and we invite all of you to join us for the ride!
Each month there will be a theme posted in a Theme Thread on our respective Flickr pages. In the thread, participants will be invited to share the photo (medium sized) they’ve created for the challenge along with the gear used, setups, lighting and settings so that we may learn new techniques from each other through this collaborative process.
At the end of the month, Tyson, Mathieu and I will each pick our favourite entry (three images in total), post them on our respective blogs, and open them up for a vote in the comments section. The winner will be invited to choose the theme for the next round.
Tyson, Mat and I have gone with the theme “ARCHITECTURE” for the month of February.
To realise a traditional architectural shot, it is usually a good idea to choose the widest angle in your collection. A couple of good examples are the 10-24mm from Fujifilm or the 7-14mm from Panasonic Lumix. However you can also experiment with longer focal lengths and try to capture details of a building to create an abstract composition. When it comes to architecture, the options are endless!
So, what are you waiting for? Start posting some great shots…yours may just be a winner!
As always, make sure to link your image in TRP’S FLICKR THREAD and the MIRRORLESSONS FLICKR THREAD to submit it. You have time until February 28th 2015 to submit your image. On March 1st, voting will commence and on March 5th, the winner will be announced.
Soon after that, we’ll be holding a final vote on the six images that won between September and February. Last time, overall winner Billy Burg won a custom built handstrap from Tyson’s Garda wrist strap collection as well as a Topaz plugin. This time around, we hope to offer even more!
How to post an image to the Flickr thread
1. Go to your chosen photo on Flickr
2. Click on the “share” arrow in the bottom right-hand corner
3. Choose “medium” and “html” and copy the html code.
4. Paste the html code in the thread and post!
Important: If you have sharing restrictions on your account, you may not be able to copy the html code. To change this, simply go to your privacy settings and change the third option down (called “allow others to share your stuff”) to “yes”.