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Weekly Assignments


Photoshop Lab

Turn off the lights using clone and healing brush.

clone-healing-exampleDOWNLOAD IMAGE 

Change saturation and dodge and burn image



Skin retouch and color shift



Week 6: Street

Patience is the name of the game with street usually. For good results, find something that peaks your interest.
A pool of light, the way certain lines intersect and then wait for the perfect moment that everything comes together.

Week 5: Landscape

Think about keeping only the things of importance in the frame. Photography is subtractive. Pay attention to lines.
You will be more successful if you have good side lighting and good contrast. In Lightroom, turn images black and white.

Week 4: Exposure – DOF

As we start learning how our camera works these basic exercises will help alls learn to be creative.

The assignment is to show an example of Shallow DOF, and Deep DOF

Week 3: Exposure – Shutter Speed

As we start learning how our camera works these basic exercises will help alls learn to be creative.

The assignment is to show an example of fast shutter speed (stop action) and slow shutter speed (motion blur)

Week 2: Learning Lightroom, Protect yourself and your art.

Phone image inspiration.
From the photographer that you chose as the one you liked, you are to make an image that is a copy or inspired of one of their images.

My example is a Helmut Newton Image.


Helmut Newton

My iPhone image

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Lightroom basics.

lightroom import

Julieanne Kost: Lightroom – Importing your images

Week 1: Kill the snapshot, death to bad selfies. Phone Camera Challenge.

What is the difference between a snapshot and a thoughtful photograph? Here is a great answer by JSD over at

A snapshot implies little effort, you pop the camera- set on full auto- up to your eye and push the button without any thought to the process, and accepIMG_5185t the results, period. 

A “photograph” is made by a sometimes lengthy thought process which could include considerations of the light, subject, time of day, angle of view, lens, camera settings, returning another time for better conditions, multiple exposures to get it right, careful post processing, and don’t forget a concept to start things going.

I think that is a pretty good description.

The Phone Camera Challenge: Make an interesting image, that is not a “snapshot” with your phone camera.
Use what you learned from the first video on composition and think about how you frame and what you are including but more important, what you are choosing to not include. Here is a link to my iPhone Gallery. I use the apps, Hipstomatic and 645 pro

Watch the video again from Ted Forbes and The Art of Photography.

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