A current challenge in the Treasure Hunt group is to take a photograph "contre jour", or "against the light". You've probably heard the advice to never shoot into the sun or other light source, but sometimes ignoring this advice can result in photos with some interesting effects such as silhouetted shapes, strong contrasts, beautiful back lighting and lens flares. But first a note about safety! Never point your camera directly at the sun (or other really bright light)!! Doing so can d…
Scavenge Challenge - 12/15, album created on December 11, 2015
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The Best of 2014, album created on January 6, 2015
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February 1, 2014So, you've probably seen this in the description on someone's picture, the words "This is SOOC!" You may even have written it yourself. But just what the heck does it mean and why should anyone care? SOOC stands for "Straight Out of Camera". In other words, the picture you're looking at was not manipulated in any way after it left the camera - no cropping, no correcting color or saturation, no adjusting levels, no nothing, nada, zip. There are some folks out there who feel that SOOC is the…
December 4, 2013A current challenge in the Treasure Hunt group is to shoot an image that illustrates "bokeh", which has been defined in various way, but is usually considered to refer to the quality of the out of focus areas in an image. Definitions and discussions of bokeh can get very technical, but I've seen it described as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light" and also as "the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph." If you have a dSLR, achieving pleasing bokeh is not too…