Due to COVID-19, MAPS is changing how we do Photo Outings. Instead of a group outing, members can participate in personal outings or activities.
MAPS members are able to participate in the new Photo Challenge. Each month we will identify a photographic topic or subject or theme, and if you are comfortable going outside, you can go capture a few images.
You will be able to share your images with the others. You know the routine: 1000 pixels on the long side, saved as JPG with a sRGB color space, then you can drag and drop them to Google Photo using the link below.
If you are not sure how to prepare or upload your images, please follow the detailed instructions in these documents:
==> How to prepare your images
==> How to upload your images
MAPS Photo Challenge
Black and White Photography – July
Set your camera to shoot in RAW to allow you to have valuable data that may be used in post-production. You can shoot in jpeg but be aware of data loss.
Set your camera to display black and white if your camera allows it. Don’t worry the color image will still be there.
For successful images:
– Look for contrasts, textures, and details in your subject choices.
– Ensure good tonal range.
– Shoot in RAW.
– Shoot for and with emotion.
There are plenty of articles and films on shooting in black and white on the internet. Did you know nature scenes can produce some of the finest black and white images? Don’t worry, other genres are also OK to submit.
Patterns, Shapes, and Textures – August
Pick an ordinary object that you see every single day — something at your home or office, or along your daily commute — and find as many different ways of photographing it as possible.
- How does its shape change under varying lighting conditions?
- What kinds of lines and angles are created when you view it from different perspectives?
- What textures and patterns do you discover as you zoom in or out?
Some references for you to investigate:
Photograph Through Your Window – Now through August
Don’t have a good view? Shoot objects inside your home! Flowers, plants, fruit, etc and post those images on our website.
Wabi-Sabi (Imperfection in Photography) – June
To see Wabi-Sabi beauty often requires thinking in a more abstract way. You need to look at an item or scene not as an item/scene, but rather look at the shapes, tones, patterns, and colors. If you look at things close-up, there are an almost endless variety of subjects. The stains on an old baking tray. The patterns on the surface of dirty washing-up water. Rust and dirt on old tools. Thinking abstractly so you see the patterns and texture present, rather than just a well-worn object, can help greatly in seeing the photographic potential of the object.
View Wabi-Sabi images from the challenge.