Challenge – Bokeh

Posted by on Aug 11, 2021 in Activity Night | 0 comments

Challenge – Bokeh

Bokeh (pronounced bok-uh or bo-kay) is all about the blur in the background of a photo, and, more specifically, the quality of that blur. The term comes from the Japanese word boke, which means blur. Bokeh is often used to refer to the circular orbs created by out of focus light – and that is the emphasis for this challenge (it can sometimes refer to background blur in it’s entirety, but we recently had a challenge for shallow depth of field and blurred backgrounds) An introduction: How To Achieve Nice Bokeh [In Plain English] Some tutorials and inspiration: 7 Ways to Achieve Beautiful...

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Challenge – Quirky Letter Boxes

Posted by on Aug 4, 2021 in Activity Night | 0 comments

Challenge – Quirky Letter Boxes

A fun one. Let’s post photos of letterboxes, the quirkier the better! Some more inspiration: https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/australian-letterbox.html (Heads up – next week’s challenge will be bokeh) Here is a photo collage of quirky letter boxes from our cluster gallery: Collage by Les W Thanks to Dave T for this suggestion. You have until next Tuesday to upload your image to Cluster. Members have all been sent an invitation to join and most have done so already. If you have any trouble feel free to email Esther. We also encourage you to leave encouraging comments...

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Challenge – Shallow Depth of Field

Posted by on Jul 28, 2021 in Activity Night | 0 comments

Challenge – Shallow Depth of Field

A shallow depth of field (DoF) is the small or narrow area in an image that is in focus. Often, the background is blurred while only the subject stays in focus. This allows you to draw the viewer’s attention to one particular subject or part of your scene. Tips for achieving a shallow DoF: Use a wide aperture Place the camera close to the subject in question, with distance to the backgroundNail the focus. If photographing an animal, focus on the eye nearest to you Some more information: Depth of Field for Beginners: The Essential Guide Adobe Discover – shallow depth of field (Heads up...

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Challenge – Smoke

Posted by on Jul 21, 2021 in Activity Night | 0 comments

Challenge – Smoke

Chimneys, cigarettes, fires, smoke machines, steam … Here are some tips and inspiration: a tutorial on photographing smoke similar to the activity at our previous activity night How to Light and Photograph Smoke and Steam in a Home Studio Setting Some inspiring images: https://gurushots.com/challenge/smoke7/winners/all (Heads up – next week’s challenge will be shallow depth of field) Here are a few examples from our cluster gallery: by Matt O by Les w by Karren J You have until next Tuesday to upload your image to Cluster. Members have all been sent an invitation to join...

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Challenge – Circles

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 in Activity Night | 0 comments

Challenge – Circles

This is a very open challenge. Take some photos where the circles are the dominant element in the image. Here are some tips and inspiration: https://digital-photography-school.com/weekly-photography-challenge-circles-2/ 27 Images Around the World of Circles (Heads up – next week’s challenge will be smoke) Here are a few examples from our cluster gallery: By Felicity J By Les W By Dave T You have until next Tuesday to upload your image to Cluster. Members have all been sent an invitation to join and most have done so already. If you have any trouble feel free to email Esther. We...

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Challenge – Low Light

Posted by on Jul 7, 2021 in Activity Night | 0 comments

Challenge – Low Light

Whilst the days are short and the sun is weaker let’s take low light photos. These might be long exposures taken at night or subjects taken indoors with subtle lighting, known as “low key lighting”. Perhaps you’ve been to Awaken and have some photos to share. Here are some tips and inspiration: Weekly Photography Challenge – Low Light Photography Take great pictures without a flash The complete beginners guide to shooting low key Low light photography tips and tricks camera challenge (Heads up – next week’s challenge will be circles) Here are a few...

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