Posts Tagged: photo challenge


Shadows {In The Frame}

I haven’t given “Picture It Outiside of the Box” another go, since before the holidays, but I will be resurrecting it soon. I promise.

In the meantime, my friend Shab has a photo challenge called “In The Frame” going on, that I’m going to participate in. Check it out!

This week is about shadows. I love shadows in photography!

Mishi & Ze KidsMe & My Shadow

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“Because everything we say and do is the length and shadow of our own souls, our influence is determined by the quality of our being.”

—Dale Turner

Picture It Outside of the Box {Week 8}

Thank you to Jen, Jenty, Tara, Jodi, Nikowa, Sarah, and Lotus for participating in the “Picture It Outside The Box: Holidaze” challenge!

Super Santa

peace


The challenge for {Week 7} of “Picture It Outside of the Box” is:

{Fun With Bokeh}

Lotus recently posted how to have some fun with bokeh on her blog via one of her #reverb10 posts. Her submission for the “Holidaze” prompt was actually from that post and the inspiration for this challenge.

{The following is directly from Lotus’ blog.}

You’ll need:

  • black posterboard or construction paper
  • tape (black is a bonus, but regular works)
  • cutting implement like x-acto knives, scissors, shape punchers
  • optional: lens hood
  • recommended: your sense of wonder!

If you’re using a lens hood, trace a circle around it on your black paper. If you’re using your lens straight up, CAREFULLY trace a circle around it on your black paper.  Cut out your circle.

Next, you want to draw and then cut a small shape (about 1/2 inch, or 15-20mm) from the middle of your circle. If your shape is too big, you get poor results. Popular shapes include hearts, stars, and crosses. You can get creative here, and that is part of the fun.

Be very careful with your shape – clean lines, no tears, clearly shaped and cut.  This is easier to do with x-acto knives or shape punchers than with scissors.

If you are using a lens hood, tape your black circle carefully to it, making sure to block out all light around the edges. Attach your hood to your lens.


[Note: if your hood is too far from your lens, your results may suffer. Closer to lens = better. Another method is putting your paper circle inside a lens filter ring. This also eliminates need for tape. Experiment to see what works best for you!]

If you are using your lens with no hood, cut a strip of black paper to wrap around the lens, about 1 inch wide, like a cuff. Tape that shut on the lens, and tape your circle to that, so it sits in front of your lens. This must be flush, no light leaks!

PLAY WITH THE LOVELY BOKEH. SMILE. REPEAT.

I did this one year with heart shapes, and I can’t wait to play some more, because I had totally forgotten how to do this.  Lotus reminded me, and I wanted to pass it along in a challenge.

OM::OP::OM::Christmas (or Addicted)

This particular challenge will open through the new year, as the Picture It Outside Of The Box challenge takes a break over Christmas.

When it comes back there will be an awesome announcement with a new project that will DEFINITELY be awesome (believe me!)

Until then…. have fun playing with “the lovely bokeh”.

Oh!  And, don’t forget that there’s still time to win 1,000 Free Business Cards!

{Click: Merry Christmas: 1,000 Free Business Cards}


Picture It Outside of the Box {Week 6}

The tree shots from {Week 5} were AMAZING! I love how “out of the box” so many of the entries were. That was my deciding factor, on which ones to pick. Here are some submissions that I thought were really different, that were taken from a really different perspective:

DSC_0168

by Jenny

12/3 up a tree

by Jen

Looking up bamboo

(l-r) by Angie and by Amanda

Up a Tree

(l-r) by Sarah and by Lotus

Also, I have created the {Picture It Outside of the Box} Flickr group.  You don’t have to add your image to the group, but it does create an easy hub for the community that I hope to see grow through these weekly challenges.  I hope to see you there, too!


The challenge for {Week 6} of “Picture It Outside of the Box” is:

{Focus on the Eyes}

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Don’t forget about the new Flickr group!



The Challenge: How It Works

  • Each week, on Friday, I announce the “Picture It Outside of the Box” photo challenge theme.
  • You can submit a photo for the theme by the following THURSDAY. Enter your direct link (to your blog post with the photo in it or your photo on Flickr) in the thumbnail McLinky Tool at the bottom of the post. Keep in mind the linky-loo will close down on Thursday at 12:00 AM EST.
  • FIVE submissions from my readers will be showcased on Friday, and the new theme will then be revealed.
  • Basically: you play along, you have fun, we show each other our awesome photos, we share inspiration….it’s a win-win situation!
  • Visiting fellow photo challenge players is highly encouraged!

Ready. Set. Shoot.

Picture It Outside of the Box {Week 4}

Oh la la!  I loved seeing all of you holding your gorgeous tools of the trade.  There’s just something about it that makes my heart pitter-patter!

Here’s the submission showcase for the week:

Sassy Irish Lassie

hold it

Aunt With Gum

Paddy Cake Jakers Mom

Self portrait
Hearts Into Home


The challenge for {Week 4} of “Picture It Outside of the Box” is:

Let’s Be Bokeh-licious

 

Here are a couple of examples:

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The Challenge: How It Works

  • Each week, on Friday, I announce the “Picture It Outside of the Box” photo challenge theme.
  • You can submit a photo for the theme by the following THURSDAY. Enter your direct link (to your blog post with the photo in it or your photo on Flickr) in the thumbnail McLinky Tool at the bottom of the post. Keep in mind the linky-loo will close down on Thursday at 12:00 AM EST.
  • FIVE submissions from my readers will be showcased on Friday, and the new theme will then be revealed.
  • Basically: you play along, you have fun, we show each other our awesome photos, we share inspiration….it’s a win-win situation!
  • Visiting fellow photo challenge players is highly encouraged!

Ready. Set. Shoot.

 

 

Check out the following 10 new and free Photoshop tutorials for all photographers and designers.

Picture It Outside of the Box {Week 3}

Thank you for playing along last week.  There were nine entries, and I couldn’t narrow it down, so I am showing ALL of you off this week!   Thank you to Lotus, Ann, Tigerlyons, Sarah, Shab, Tara, CaseyJen, and Angie for playing along.  I hope to see you participate in the next challenge!

One

blacklace_WM

Tulip bulb


The challenge for {Week 3} of “Picture It Outside of the Box” is:

Hold It

I love seeing a camera in a photographer’s hand.  There’s just something incredibly sexy about it.   Show me how you hold your camera.   This can be as basic as a bathroom mirror reflection or you can really take it “outside of the box”—you decide!

Here are a couple of examples:


The Challenge: How It Works

  • Each week, on Friday, I announce the “Picture It Outside of the Box” photo challenge theme.
  • You can submit a photo for the theme by the following THURSDAY. Enter your direct link (to your blog post with the photo in it or your photo on Flickr) in the thumbnail McLinky Tool at the bottom of the post. Keep in mind the linky-loo will close down on Thursday at 12:00 AM EST.
  • FIVE submissions from my readers will be showcased on Friday, and the new theme will then be revealed.
  • Basically: you play along, you have fun, we show each other our awesome photos, we share inspiration….it’s a win-win situation!
  • Visiting fellow photo challenge players is highly encouraged!

Ready. Set. Shoot.

 

 

Make fun comic book effects for your photos with the help of these 10 comic book photoshop tutorials.



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