It's Week #8: Common Object

To be shot and submitted between Monday, February 19 and Sunday, February 25, 2018 (midnight, Eastern)

Week 8: Common object

Photo by: Beth Shepherd Peters – Week 14: Negative space (2016)

We often admire the photographers who get to travel all over the world to photograph exotic locations or those that photograph famous celebrities but this week you will see that there is no need for all that. Because there are literally millions of fascinating photographic subjects all around you. You just need to “see” them.

This week creative Framers, the challenge is to photograph a common object. This may feel like an ‘easy’ challenge but rest assured that it is often these “open” challenges that have Framers the creatively stumped. You are going to have to use your own creative eye to decide which of all the everyday objects in your life to photograph, and more importantly HOW to photograph it.

The challenge is not really JUST about photographing a common object.  It is about telling a story. It is about capturing this item, with creative lighting, angles, and composition so that your chosen ‘common object’ becomes an object of photogenic amazeballness (yes, amazeballness).

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  1.  Yosef explains levitation photography in one amazing animated gif, shows us how to create an anti-gravity photo in a 5 minute time lapse and how to apply a layer mask in Photoshop.
  2.  No special effects! You can create a levitation photo by simply using a fast shutter speed and literally jumping into the air (or simply THROWING an object in the air). Have a look at these gorgeous photos from the Japanese photographer Natsumi Hayashi. (Mobile users: you can achieve this by shooting during bright sunlight hours)
  3. If you do not have any experience with Photoshop, try the online Pixlr editor together with this handy tutorial.
  4.  Make stuff float with fishing line and the band aid tool in Photoshop.
  5. Create levitation photos on your cell phone with PicsArt or Levitagram.
  6. Levitation photography tips and tricks and a tutorial.
  7. 100 Magical levitation photos to inspire you.

Need more inspiration? Have a look at the “Levitation” albums of 2016,  2015,  and 2013. the  And of course, the Googles. Oh, you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: Product photography

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at product photography where you have to sell a product based solely on the way that it looks in your photograph! You can find some tips and advice here and here.

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!

Photo credit: Daniel Cunningham – Week 4: Something new (2018)

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

Deadline: February 25, 2018 – 11:59pm (Eastern US)

Upcoming Challenges

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

Week 8: Common object (That’s THIS week!!)
Extra Credit: Product photography
Due: Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time

Week 9: Depth of field
Extra Credit: Macro
Due: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time

Week 10: The Sky
Extra Credit: Astrophotography
Due: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time

Week 11: Candid setup
Extra Credit: Story
Due: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 11:59pm, Eastern U.S. time

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Past Challenges 2018

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