Assigned Topics – Themes for 2019/2020

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.

May: Panorama

 – Have you ever looked at an image and just wished there was more, a wider perspective or sharper details? Creating a quality panorama of a scene can allow you expand the possibilities and create a better image. 

June: Juxtaposition

 – An act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. Interpret that as you will and have fun.

September: Americana

– Americana is a collective term for artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States of America. In its broadest sense, Americana is representative or even stereotypical of American culture as a whole. As American as baseball and apple pie. What comes to mind when you picture the United States?

October: Food

– “You eat with your eyes first.” Food contains all of the elements of design that can make a striking image. Color, texture, pattern, line, shape, and form are all there, A beautifully executed food image will make the viewer’s mouth water and their stomach rumble!

November: Complementary Colors

– Colors that are opposite each other on the traditional color wheel are complementary colors. These pairings work well to create vivid color combinations, creating the greatest contrast and vibrancy. Common pairings include: red and green; yellow and purple; orange and blue; green and magenta; red and cyan; or blue and yellow.

December: Home

– What does home mean to you? There’s no place like it, whether it’s a cozy bed you can’t get out of in the morning, your loved one’s everyday objects or the cat curled up in a sunny spot. How do you say there’s no place like home in a photograph?

January: Creative Self-Portrait

– Self-Portrait, not Selfie! If you’re used to directing others from behind the safety of your camera, putting yourself on the other side of the lens can seem like a daunting task. Taking a self-portrait, however, can be a uniquely satisfying experience. After all, where else can you find such a cooperative subject?

February: Altered Reality

– When it comes to photography, creative alteration of an image, or combining more than one image into a single element, is referred to as “Altered Reality”. The image may be of any subject matter but must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images). All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated if the original photographic content predominates.

March: Urban Landscapes

– Cities are truly amazing places, the interaction of people and architecture gives each city a unique essence. Cities are living breathing places that provide a varied and fascinating photography subject.

April: Trees

– Trees are a classic photography subject. They possess a character that inspires us and transcends their form, working great as the background, foreground, or sole subject in a photo. They display texture, color, and basically everything you could want from a subject.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
—From "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer

May: Humor

– Make ‘em laugh! Humor is actually one of the more challenging photographic subjects. There aren’t really any compositional rules or camera settings or filters you can use for that laugh-out-loud image. Some subjects just lend themselves to humor, children and animals are naturals. An unusual angle or forced perspective can create a humorous image of an ordinary subject. If you’re in pursuit of funny photos, make sure you always have a camera with you, because funny moments come and go very quickly. If you’re not ready, you’ll miss them.

June: Long Exposure

– Long-exposure, time-exposure, or slow-shutter photography involves using long-duration shutter speeds to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.

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