It's Week #23: Geometric Shapes

To be shot and submitted between Monday, May 29, and Sunday, June 4, 2017 (midnight, Eastern)

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Photo by: Adam Hardtke – Week 14: Negative Space (2016)
We all learned them in kindergarten and we see them around us every day. Shapes are fascinating and can help us improve our photography by refocusing the way we see things.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Most composition principles rely heavily heavily on shapes, both literal and conceptual. Check out this great primer on geometry in composition.
  • And it is not just about having a distinctive shape in your image. Think about how elements of a photograph interplay to create shapes. Here’s some more study on the subject which will take you to the next step of designing with shapes.
  • This video talks you through the concept of using shapes.
  • After reading and watching the tutorials above, check out all the links below to past album and see if you can play “spot the shape”!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out this “Macro” album from 2014, this “Negative Space” album from 2015, and this “Architecture” album from 2016! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles. 

Extra Credit: Geometric Composition

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at geometric composition! This is actually not as complex as it may sound, this simply means composing your photo using shapes. There are lots of famous photographers who do just that! 

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!

Have you seen my video about the best export settings for your photos? Check it out!!

Deadline: June 4, 2017 – 11:59pm (Eastern US)

Upcoming Challenges

Remember, you can only submit photos taken during the week of the challenge!


Week 23: Geometric Shapes (That’s this week!)
Extra Credit: Geometric Composition
Due: Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time


Week 24: THINK*
Extra Credit: Physics
Due: Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time

* This could illustrate the act of thinking, OR shoot something that will make the viewer think for a moment (a homeless person, a non-obvious scene, a political statement, something hidden in the scene, a different angle, macro, etc..) The EC is – defying the laws of physics


Week 25: Wabi Sabi
Extra Credit: Macro
Due: Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time


Week 26: One Focal Point
Extra Credit: f/1.4
Due: Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015