Starting Out

Challenge series hosted by y2bd. Challenges start on Wednesdays.
Every amateur or pro photographer started out somewhere. This series will allow all of us to see how far we have gone in this wonderful hobby!
Finished (4 challenges)
Entries: 106
Winners announced: 13th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: IMG_9916
No external processing! No using software to change the contrast, the white balance, the sharpness, etc. All pictures must come directly from the camera. And watch out for software that automatically applies automatic adjustments on import!
Entries: 55
Winners announced: 6th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: helbronner climbers
In this challenge, only photos that have been taken with your camera in full auto are allowed! No manual changing of any of its settings is allowed - not even to stop your camera from triggering its poppy-flashy! Choosing the focus or exposure point (if your camera allows you to do that in full auto) is not allowed either.
Entries: 72
Winners announced: 29th June, 2011 GMT
Winner: filter error!
Face it - we all made mistakes starting out in photography (some of us even continue to do so!). In this challenge, post pictures that break obvious "rules and conventions" that people try to stick by as beginners, such as not going with the rule of thirds, drastically blowing out highlights, having a completely-off white balance, taking a portrait with a wide-angle lens, etc. Find the beauty...
Entries: 194
Winners announced: 22nd June, 2011 GMT
Winner: Reflections
You are only allowed to use the lens(es) that came with your camera when you first bought it! For many modern DSLR or mirrorless owners, that may mean the scrappy 27-85mm lens. For the point-and-shoot owners, it's fair game as well, just make sure you have no adapters attached to your lens. And for people who bought their camera body-only, well, you can take a picture with the body cap on!