It's Week #21: Edited by Someone Else

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Photo by: Suzanne Hull – Week 32: Edited by Someone Else (2015)
Edited by: Zahava Pollack


Perfection is something that we all want to achieve, but in all honesty, we don’t can’t control whether or not we get there. One of the main motto’s at 52Frames is “embrace the notion of imperfection”. This week, we’re going to take that motto a step further, and release control entirely! Your job this week is ONLY to take your photo. After that, give it over to someone else, and let them finish the job! But remember, you do still need to submit the finished product.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Use our super cool Signup Sheet!!
  • The sky’s the limit on what you can shoot this week. Any subject matter is fair game. Was there a challenge you missed but really wanted to try? Give it a go this week! A technique that you had trouble with last time? Try it again!
  • Give your editor time to work their magic! If you tend to shoot your photo at the last minute, keep in mind that your editor may not be able to work on the photo at 2 AM!
  • If you have been thinking about learning to shoot in RAW, this is a great time to start! A RAW file will give your editor much more flexibility to edit the details of your photo without sacrificing quality. (Note, if you work with an editor from our Signup Sheet, please confirm they can edit RAW files before sending them one!)
  • Some other guidelines for this week’s challenge:
    • You can shoot whatever you want, so long as its taken this week, of course
    • Anyone can edit your photo, so long as it’s “someone else”
    • If you are the “editor”, you can edit more than one photo, if you so choose
    • The editor does not need to “whittle down” your photos as well, they just need to edit
    • Editing can mean many different types of processing; this doesn’t need to be one-sided! Think of it as a collaboration. Have fun with it!
    • Feel free to come up with a concept with your partner even before you shoot
    • Keep in mind that the photo belongs to the shooter, and that this is just an exercise
    • Be ok with the process. The final result may not be what you were looking for. This is the point. It’s trying something different. Enjoy the exercise

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Edited By Someone Else” album from 2015! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles. 


Extra Credit: A New Technique!

For some extra credit joojoo, try a technique that you’ve never tried before (or were too scared to try)! This can be something that we’ve discussed this year, or something that caught your eye elsewhere and thought it would be fun to try.

Check out our blog post of different techniques to try, or look back at any of our past challenges, there are plenty to choose from!



Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015