Photography 101

Challenge series hosted by AussieJo. Challenges start on Fridays.
Let's look at the basics of photography starting with composition and then moving to other techniques.....
Finished (52 challenges)
Entries: 80
Winners announced: 20th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Season's Greetings
must have snow, must be a landscape
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 13th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland
show me a landscape photo where the height is greater than the width. No people allowed
Entries: 43
Winners announced: 6th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: _IGP0011
Take a closeup photo of a Christmas ornament, showing the reflection of the room in it.
Entries: 83
Winners announced: 30th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Old.
Show me a photo of a human where the face fills the from entirely
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 23rd December, 2011 GMT
Winner: _
Show me a portrait of a human where you have composed them to be off centre
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 16th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Kelsey...
Show me portraits shot as the sun is rising or setting to give that romantic golden glow. Subject has to be human
Entries: 90
Winners announced: 9th December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Reaching up to the Sun
as the title suggests. Subjects have to be human. Minimal facial details, if any.
Entries: 73
Winners announced: 2nd December, 2011 GMT
Winner: Portrait in HDR
As the title suggests. Subject has to be human.
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 25th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: bright eyes
Catch lights are that light reflection in someone's eye, usually associated with flash reflections, or bright light sources in front of the person. Show me the most unusual you have taken. Subject has to be human.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 18th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: Nastya
Whether it be a studio backdrop or a black wall - the background must be 90% black at least (some shades of grey allowed) - No cityscapes or landscapes etc.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 11th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: Beauty
Whether it be a studio backdrop or a white wall - the background must be 90% white at least (some shades of grey allowed) - No cityscapes or landscapes etc.
Entries: 87
Winners announced: 4th November, 2011 GMT
Winner: _DSC9785
Subject has to be human. I want to see a variety of filters used to create new and interesting looks. No normal black and white or sepia images here. Show me some of the cutting edge filter effects
Entries: 62
Winners announced: 28th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: Tomasz Stanko
Show a photo of a human shot in the glare of one overhead light only, casting everything else around them dark.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 21st October, 2011 GMT
Winner: "Kate in ambient"
No flash allowed. Subjects have to be human
Entries: 97
Winners announced: 14th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: Moonlit romance
as the title suggests. Subject has to be human. Subjects face has to be visible.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 7th October, 2011 GMT
Winner: M. look
As the title states. Subject has to be human.
Entries: 98
Winners announced: 30th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: Before the Rush
Show me a photo where you (the camera) have been at a significantly higher elevation than the subject you have taken a photo of.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 23rd September, 2011 GMT
Winner: Tulips
Show me a photo where you (the camera) have been on the ground (or less than a metre from the ground) and what your subject looks like from that angle
Entries: 98
Winners announced: 16th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: Christmas Explosion
Show me a photo where the shape of a star is a key element in your photo.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 9th September, 2011 GMT
Winner: DSC_1177
Show me a photo where a rectangle shape (or shapes) is a key element in the photo.
32. Triangles
Entries: 94
Winners announced: 2nd September, 2011 GMT
Winner: War Memorial
Show me a photo where a Triangle shape (or shapes) is a key element in the photo.
31. Circles
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 26th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: Sparks
Show me a photo where a circle shape (or shapes) is a key element in the photo.
30. Squares
Entries: 88
Winners announced: 19th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: window
Show me a photo where a square shape (or shapes) is a key element in the photo.
Entries: 98
Winners announced: 12th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: Starfish
employ a variety of photographic techniques to show that your subject is moving. I do not want frozen movement (that was last week's challenge)
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 5th August, 2011 GMT
Winner: common dolphin
Use a fast shutter speed to freeze motion. It should be obvious that the subject is moving, but the majority of the image should be sharp.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 29th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: TetonBarnSunrise
Show me your best panorama, where you have stitched several photos together.
Entries: 56
Winners announced: 22nd July, 2011 GMT
Winner: D31_7374-Edit-little
Show me the visual effects you can achieve by using a fisheye lens. State what lens you are using when submitting the photo
25. Lensbaby
Entries: 24
Winners announced: 15th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: Purple Cone Flowers
The Lensbaby lens is a very stylised image. Show me the best of what this lens can do. Only genuine lensbaby lens's accepted. Please include lens type when submitting your image
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 8th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: Looking for the summer
Show the compressed visual effects that can be achieved by using a zoom lens focal length greater than 200 mm
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 1st July, 2011 GMT
Winner: DSC12532
Show what you can achieve by using a macro lens
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 24th June, 2011 GMT
Winner: relaxe
Show the visual effects you can achieve by shooting with a lens focal length between 10 - 16mm.
21. Panning
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 17th June, 2011 GMT
Winner: lunch
Panning is taking a photo with a relative slow shutter speed and following a moving object. The idea is to have your moving object in focus, but all the background is out of focus.
Entries: 66
Winners announced: 10th June, 2011 GMT
Winner: Slant
Nobody notices a perfectly straight horizon but everyone notices a bad one. Show me a beautiful photo of a horizon that has been wrecked by the horizon not being paralle to the edge of the photo.
Entries: 98
Winners announced: 3rd June, 2011 GMT
Winner: In a Drop
As it is spring in the northern hemispshere, the spring flowers are in full bloom. Show me a photo of a flower from a new and unique perspective. No snapshots, I want you to actively take a photo from a new artistic perspective.
Entries: 80
Winners announced: 27th May, 2011 GMT
Winner: Surprise Bat
We've all done it - taken a beautiful shot only to look at the photo later and realised that it looks like there is a pole or a stick etc sticking out of your subject - that's called a merging object. Show your best example of it.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 20th May, 2011 GMT
Winner: Gosia6
Use well known objects to contrast the size of the object you are photographing so that we have a frame of reference for how big your subject is.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 13th May, 2011 GMT
Winner: Ta jmahal
Show me photos of famous landmarks taken from a fresh and interesting perspective. No snapshots - these have to be artistic. Include the name of your landmark in your title.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 6th May, 2011 GMT
Winner: no winner
Submit photos where everything in the photo is in focus.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 29th April, 2011 GMT
Winner: Tenis ball
Have obvious blurbed space before or after your subject to make your subject really stand out
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 22nd April, 2011 GMT
Winner: On the edge
See the following link to see the definition of this. http://pcin.net/update/2006/09/20/negative-space-digital-photography-tip-of-the-week/
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 15th April, 2011 GMT
Winner: Snow Boarder
Leave space in front of a moving object for it to move into.
11. Balance
Entries: 98
Winners announced: 8th April, 2011 GMT
Winner: White Sands Photographer
Go to the following website for tips on how to achieve this in your photos and then submit your best image that highlights this technique. http://www.digitalphotographytipsonline.com/balance-in-photography.html
10. Texture
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 1st April, 2011 GMT
Winner: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
Texture can add a real 3D quality to your images, best gained by getting in close to your subject.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 25th March, 2011 GMT
Winner: Head Up
The use of a repeated pattern adds a dramatic element to your photo
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 18th March, 2011 GMT
Winner: Underground Rail
Show a photo where the use of lines adds a dramatic element to the photo. To see how, go to http://www.digitalphotographytipsonline.com/leading-lines.html
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 11th March, 2011 GMT
Winner: Bubble
Go back to the colour wheel and find out what your complimentary colours and then show me your photos that adhere to that.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 4th March, 2011 GMT
Winner: baobab sunset
Show photos where the saturated colour draws your eye to the subject
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 25th February, 2011 GMT
Winner: Art
Use something in the foreground, background or around your subject to highlight your subject. See http://www.flickr.com/groups/framewithinaframe/ for ideas
Entries: 200
Winners announced: 18th February, 2011 GMT
Winner: Easy to fill the frame with this!
Fill your frame with your subject so that your subject is all that you see http://www.photips.com/photography-tips/get-up-close.html
Entries: 37
Winners announced: 11th February, 2011 GMT
Winner: Coccothraustes
Show a before and after image (yes that means you will have to create a new image showing both) of how you fixed a bullseye image by turning it into a rule of thirds image instead.
Entries: 150
Winners announced: 4th February, 2011 GMT
Winner: Alone
Show me photos that comply with the rule of thirds. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds
Entries: 66
Winners announced: 28th January, 2011 GMT
Winner: Bosphorus on a hazy morning
Show a before and after image (yes you will have to create a new image showing both) showing how you improved your image by zooming in (or in this case cropping) your image.