It's Week #11: "Ritual"

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, Mar 8 and Sunday, Mar 15 (noon, Eastern)

Whether it’s your morning prayer or your morning coffee, we all build our lives around rituals. These acts, big or small, give our lives order, structure, and consistency.

This week, your challenge is to identify and photograph a ritual in your (or someone else’s) life. Pay attention to the little things you do every day that you may not even notice anymore. Find the beauty in those things we begin to take for granted because we do them all the time. Put on your fresh “52Frames goggles” and see your world anew!

Of course you can also document a beautiful ritual in your (or someone else’s) life, that has special meaning for you. Whether a religious practice, or a meaningful activity, let us into that special space through the medium of a photograph.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Rituals sometimes take place in tricky lighting situations. Check out the latest blog post from our Beginner’s Guide to Photography, where we introduce the magical function in your camera called “Exposure Compensation”. It’s much simpler then it sounds! Check out the post: How to Quickly Control Exposure, by our own Yosef Adest.
  • If you find yourself in a house of worship, it may be a great opportunity to explore HDR (high dynamic range) photography. This technique allows you to show the full range of tones in your shot – without losing your highlights or shadows. An HDR image is simply a bunch of shots, taken at different exposures, merged together. Click here to find one of the best HDR tutorials on the ‘net (we’re starting you off on page 2, since page 1 is pretty salesy). Click here for a great YouTube video about using photomatix without going over the top.

Looking for more inspiration? As always, Google Image Search and Flickr have your back.


Extra Credit: House of Worship (not your faith!)

Every week we’ll offer a small twist for more ambitious photographers who want some direction in pushing themselves just a bit harder.

Houses of Worship are wonderful photographic opportunities: dramatic lighting, beautiful architecture, fascinating scenes. This week, we encourage you to visit a church, synagogue, mosque, or other house of worship – but of a faith that is not your own! (We’re all about pushing you outside your comfort zones, dontchyaknow?) But remember to be respectful when inside!

Again, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

Deadline: March 15, 2015 – 12:00 Noon (Eastern US)