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Featured image by Rebecca Krebs – Fabiola – CC – https://www.flickr.com/photos/missturner/17102516750/

2016 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 39: PORTRAITS IN NATURE

Gary and I are filling in for Trevor on the Portrait Challenges. Portraiture is far from my forte, and this one kept me up all night as I tried to come up with something new and unique in order to break the monotony of portraits. Being outdoors in the wilderness for the better part of my days, I figured Nature could be an intricate part of a portrait, not just a background, but a prop for your subject to immerse in.

toddler nature

Being an editorial photographer, the first thing that comes to my mind is documenting a discovery experience in nature. Children’s expression as they discover nature can be just priceless.

Face of the Nature

Framing a child with leaves can enhance a look of innocence. Leaves have a tendency to reflect light, so pay attention as to not let those reflections distract from your subject. Using a polarized filter can also help. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your light by using reflectors and diffusers…

Tina in Field

Blurred out foreground vegetation can add depth and mood to your portrait. Pay attention to direct sunlight on your subject, a diffuser can soften the light. Take great care in properly orienting your subject so the light is just right for the photograph you want to create.

Untitled

Not all vegetation needs to be lush and green, dried out vegetation can add a more dramatic impact to your image. Post processing, contrast and monochrome tones can further enhance the impact.

Serie :: the Children of Ilúvatar 2

Don’t be afraid to create a fantasy scene, nature can provide the ideal setting to let your imagination run wild.

November sun

At times nature can bring on such a sensation of pleasure that it just needs to be photographed and immortalized.

The original goal of the portrait challenges, as introduced by Trevor, was to use a different subject at every challenge. This challenge is as much a great opportunity for a self portrait as it is a great family activity in the great outdoors.

Collapsible reflectors and diffusers are a great tool as well as a polarized filter. If you can get your subject to stay absolutely still by running water, a VND or ND filter can create some amazing effects.

As usual, I always recommend a tripod. It allows you to take your time, think and experiment.

When outdoors please take great care, nature can have a few surprises waiting for you. Educate yourself on plants, insects and animals that can harm you or at times kill you. Don’t rely on what you once knew, nature is changing and adapting to changing climate. Plants like Giant Hogweed can now be found in places you’d least expect. Insecticides based on essential oils such as lemon eucalyptus can protect you from ticks and mosquitos and are less harmful than DEET based products for humans and their pet companions.

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Coming this October, a month long PhotoChallenge for Halloween!

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org or #photochallenge2016.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.

 

Featured image by Rebecca Krebs – Fabiola – CC – https://www.flickr.com/photos/missturner/17102516750/

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2016 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 35: LIGHT PAINTING PORTRAITS

We’ve used traditional lighting techniques in previous portrait challenges. This time around I thought we could make things funky by using LIGHT PAINTING to enhance our portraiture.

Black Hole

The above image is the simple and clean approach. One source of light for the subject and the light painting effect.

Self Portrait 5

Things can get crazier even with only one light source such as a laser. You’ll need a long exposure to work something this complex, but with very little practice this remains a very easy goal to attain. EXERCISE GREAT CARE WHEN USING LASERS ON SUBJECTS – AVOID POINTING LASERS DIRECTLY AT EYES – LASERS CAN PERMANENTLY DAMAGE EYES.


This quick beginner’s tutorial (VIDEO) should give you the basic tools to get started with this Challenge.

LightPainting Studio at BeatFilms

You can work with a mix of standard lighting and compliment your subject with light painting or go entirely using light painting as your light source. Although this is portrait challenge, don’t be afraid to experiment with close-up portraits or whole body images.

I wanna be...

You can also recreate an entirely new persona of your subject using multiple light sources of various colors.

A quick image search on Google will give you hundreds of examples to inspire your creativity : SEARCH GOOGLE

TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR CHALLENGE

  1. USE EXTREME CAUTION and communicate well with your model to prevent eye injuries from light sources.
  2. You will need a tripod to keep your camera stable as these images are all going to be long exposures.
  3. A wireless remote trigger is always handy.
  4. You may even want to use an ND or Variable ND filter to make your exposures even longer. (Depends on your surroundings).
  5. Choose a dark location with the least amount of distractions. (Indoor or Outdoor).
  6. Experiment with different lights and colors. Don’t be afraid to add shapes and colored filters on your light sources.
  7. keep moving as you work the light painting to prevent appearing in the image.

 

This should be a great deal of fun and can even be a great family activity.

 

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org or #photochallenge2016.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.

 

 

2013 Challenge, Week 14: Portrait

We have had a few weeks of themes that lent themselves more to shooting inanimate objects, so lets do a theme where you have to point your camera at another human: The Portrait.

“Stranger 07/100” by –Adrien–

Sometimes people use the term “portrait” to describe an image that has a vertical orientation, but we are using it to mean “a photograph of a person or people”. Feel free to shoot a portrait of a person, a couple, or a family. Make the image about the people. Engage them. Pose them. Shoot them in their home environment or surrounded by the tools of their trade. Attempt to convey something about them through the image.

“Lou, Part II” by Micaela Go

“Promenade in the Rain” by Sean McGrath

If you normally shoot portraits in color, try some in black and white. If you normally shoot in black and white, try experimenting with adding color and see what happens.

“The great stare” by Brett Davies

As always, make sure you share your result with the rest of the PhotoChallenge Community! Google+, Facebook, and Flickr are the most common.

December Challenge, 2010: PORTRAIT

"balance" by Melissa Brooks

"balance" by Melissa Brooks

This is it! The last of the monthly challenges for 2010. For the month of December, we will be shooting one photo each day on the theme of PORTRAIT. You can take a self-portrait, a portrait of a stranger, a family member, or a friend. Be spontaneous, or plan out a formal portrait shoot. Use this opportunity to interact with a stranger on the street. Try to get some portraits that take advantage of the background and surroundings of your subject.

"Portrait" by Trois Têtes (TT)

"Portrait" by Trois Têtes (TT)

When you post your daily photo, be sure to submit it to the Photochallenge.org Flickr Group Pool, and tag it with “decemberchallenge2010″. This monthly challenge is in addition to the 2010 Challenge. You can participate in both challenges at the same time.

"VEGAS VAN GOGH" by snowriderguy

"VEGAS VAN GOGH" by snowriderguy

2009 Challenge, Day 228: Single Light Source Portrait

Today is Sunday, August 16th, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is SINGLE LIGHT SOURCE PORTRAIT.

"I hate California girls", by spunkinator

Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s a long theme. But you should get the point, by just reading the title. We’ve done a wide variety of portraits here at PhotoChallenge.org. In fact, one of the most influential challenges I ever participated in, was the December Challenge, of shooting a portrait a day, all month long. It revolutionized my attitude about shooting portraits. So, for those of you fringe photogs, just hanging around, maybe shooting one challenge every so often, get off your duff, and do it!

It’s easy, choose someone you haven’t shot for a portrait before, and set it up. If you’re used to shooting with nice off-camera lights, then just drop it down to one light source. If you’re a “natural light” shooter, then let’s focus on just one “natural” light source. Branch out though, and don’t just use the sun (lazy!).

Also, I don’t want to see even one shot with your on-camera flash! I’m serious! That’s rarely nice looking, and not encouraged by too many folks. Just go read about it at the Strobist. Oh, and another place for inspiration is the Flickr Group, One Strobe Pony.

Without getting into too much instruction, as that’s not the focus of this site, I’d like to simply challenge you to maybe use just one bounce. Use a fancy bounce, like this one. Or just get some white paper, or foam core. That’s all I use!

"Untitled", by m.by

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″ and “2009challenge228“. Also, if you haven’t already, join thePhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"Celeste Yawning", by DanielJames

To see all of the shots for today’s challenge, click here:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=2009Challenge228&m=tags

2009 Challenge, Day 189: Truck Week: DRIVER PORTRAIT

Today is Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is Truck Week: DRIVER PORTRAIT

The Rocking Truck Driver by Steffe

"The Rocking Truck Driver" by Steffe

We have been shooting trucks so far. Today, see if you can get a shot of the person behind the wheel.

Truck Driver by 28 Dreams

"Truck Driver" by 28 Dreams

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″ and “2009challenge189“. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

Truck Driver by Lutz-R. Frank

"Truck Driver" by Lutz-R. Frank

To see all of the shots for today’s challenge, click here:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=2009Challenge189&m=tags

2009 Challenge, Day 181: PORTRAIT

Today is Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is PORTRAIT.

Friends by Alireza Teimoury

"Friends" by Alireza Teimoury

We have done a black and white portrait theme earlier in the year, but today is just “portrait”. You could do a candid street portrait, a portrait of a friend or family member, or a self portrait. You should have no problem finding a subject for today’s theme. For some inspiration, you can read Trevor’s interview with Bill Waldman.

I am fading among my own smoke by HAMED MASOUMI

"I am fading among my own smoke" by HAMED MASOUMI

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″ and “2009challenge181“. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

ROMA, SINTI & GADJOS AT THE INTERNATIONAL GIPSY FESTIVAL 2008 by Akbar Simonse

"ROMA, SINTI & GADJOS AT THE INTERNATIONAL GIPSY FESTIVAL 2008" by Akbar Simonse

To see all of the shots for today’s challenge, click here:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=all&q=2009Challenge181&m=tags

2009 Challenge, day 47 B&W: Portrait

"Badi b/w", by Arriving at the horizon

Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is Black & White, Portrait. It’s quite easy. Shoot a portrait, but make sure you’re shooting for black and white. When shooting for black and white, in time, you’ll realize that you can’t shoot like you would for a traditional color photograph. Because the end result will be monochrome, you’ll have to be aware of colors that won’t contrast when converted, etc. Pay attention! You shouldn’t just be shooting a portrait, and then converting it to black and white, without taking these things into consideration. Consider converting with Photoshop’s channel mixer, or even better, a special plugin. I recently acquired Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro, and man does it rock! Give a tool like that a try, and you’ll be shooting black and white, even when you didn’t plan on it.

"B&W Profile Redux", by Oberazzi

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

"Lenny N&B", by Tywak

September Challenge, week 3 (kids)

September Challenge, week 3 (kids)

September Challenge, week 3: Kids!

Let me tell you, I love to shoot my kids! Shoot photos, that is…

How you doing?  Are you keeping up? It looks like only a few folks are continuing to participate in this month’s challenge. That’s fine with me, mainly because I facilitate these Photo Challenges because I need the motivation to try new things, and shoot on a schedule. I figured, a while ago, that there were others who like a little push too.

So, if you’re still wanting to participate, get out and do it! There’s no rule against joining a challenge mid-month. So, feel welcome.

This week’s focus, during our month long portrait shooting, is children. We’re trying to challenge our gift and shoot the kids. Darren has a good blog post at the Digital Photography School, for shooting kids. Oh yeah, and here’s another sweet article on shooting kids.

DSC_3631Rex AuerAhhhh! My toe!