During each of our projection and print meetings we show Theme of the Month images and conduct a popular vote.  Members are invited to bring up to 2 images to show.  We encourage you to go out and make new images specifically to show for the theme of the month rather than go through your catalog to find an image that fits.

 

September: High Noon - Undoubtedly one of the most challenging types of light to shoot with, midday is when the sun is at its highest position directly overhead. The resulting light creates very hard shadows. Most of the time, photographers will try and avoid shooting at this time of day but sometimes it may be inevitable. Instead of avoiding it, try to use the light to the best advantage: try some fill flash; shoot textures or get close up; look for good black and white scenes or try HDR. There’s no such thing as bad light.

October: A Change of Perspective / Unusual Angle - Unusual angles are everywhere. The only problem is that most of us are afraid to try them. You just need to get in a little closer, a little lower, a little more underneath, or a little more above. Remember that just because you’re trying out a new angle doesn’t mean you should ignore composition. Use those unusual angles to frame the photograph in a way that grabs your viewer’s attention.

November: Paint with Light - Light painting is one of the more creative and magical ways to illuminate a scene. Rather than depending on a typical light source for lighting, you use a flashlight to “paint” your subject. Commonly, light painting takes place outside after dark, inside dark rooms, or in any other dimly lit situations. Here are a couple of articles to get you started: petapixel.com/2016/07/25/basic-guide-light-painting-photography and nationalparksatnight.com/blog/2016/6/1/a-guide-to-getting-started-with-light-painting-part-i.

December: Around the HouseDecember can be a tough time of the year to find the time to get out, so this theme is to photograph around your home. You don't need to travel far to find the magic and mystery of the world: there is always something interesting to photograph where you live, you just have to look. One of the best things about photographing close to home is that you can do more photography, not just each second weekend of the month when you go out with the camera club, but almost every day.

• January: Two Frame Story – Tell a story through visual means only with two images, presented as a diptych, which is more powerful than the individual images. Create a new image that is the width and height of your two photos combined (plus a little bit for a border between them if desired). Cut and paste both photos into it, aligning them to each edge, then save it out as a diptych. If you are unsure of how to do this in your software of choice, try googling “[software name] diptych” and see what comes up. For some examples go to digital-photography-school.com/use-diptychs-to-tell-a-story.

February: On the Way to WorkUsually, we go the same rout every day. Do you take your camera with you? Whether you commute by car or train, walk or bike to work, there are still photographs to be taken!

March: In the Frame - Including a ‘frame within the frame’ is one way of adding depth to a scene. Look for elements such as windows, arches or overhanging branches to frame the scene with. The ‘frame’ does not necessarily have to surround the entire scene to be effective and presents an opportunity to use your surroundings creatively in your composition.

April: Faces in ThingsThere’s actually a term for this, pareidolia can cause people to interpret random images, or patterns of light and shadow, as faces. Online you can find entire communities dedicated to finding faces in everyday objects, places and buildings. 

May: Forget the Rule of Thirds - The rule of thirds is probably the first and quite possibly the most popular compositional tool out there for photography. Some rules are made to be broken. Go out and make a compelling image that doesn’t follow the rule of thirds. The entire frame is yours!

June: Fun & Games - Summer is almost here and it’s time for everyone to get out and play. So go photograph the fun and games!