It has been another exciting month of active participation and the discussions at XDrive’s Photography Learning sessions! If you are new here and not sure whats happening here then please check up here.
It’s been a practice here to post a monthly review of the activities for the month and here is the summary of the month of November. The main objective of this review is to give an opportunity for all the participants to check and make sure that nothing is missed by them. It’s very important to read every comment on each post done by the contributors. Also many times people submit the posts for the older topics which is very easy to miss as they are based on older topics.
So, this month’s first topic was about the importance of Post Processing. We discussed the kind of post-processing one has to do and a possible sequence of things to do for beginners. I always advise people to do the basic adjustments after the picture is transferred to the computer. If you are a mobile photographer, you do the post process on your mobile phone itself and then you publish. Post-processing also fixes some of the photography errors, such as slight composition change, under or overexposures etc. If you are a raw shooter you must do this step, otherwise, you are doing injustice to your capture. Why? read this article.
Next topic was about Backlit Photography. Many new photographers think that if the light is not falling on the subject, there is no opportunity for photography! Here we discussed how exactly one could take advantage of the backlight conditions and could create great inspiring photographs. Amy did two excellent submissions and check them out here and here.
The last topic for the month was about contrasts. Contrast is the edit you do where you increase the brighter area still brighter and blacks darker. When processed properly you create an image with the punch, your subject will come out from the screen! Check the excellent contribution from Helen here. But make sure to check the discussions that followed always. It’s about different perspectives. There is no wrong and rights, but just your view. Also, check up what Brenda had to submit
Also this week, we got pretty interesting submissions to some of our old topics.
- Shutterbug makes her grand entry to the XDrive on topic Photograph Should Speak
- Rupali makes her post on the older topic Closeup/Macro
- Shutterbug makes another post on topic breathing space.
- Rupali does next post on the topic focus
- Finally, Rupali ends the month with the last post on the topic Black & White Photography.
I am really happy with the multiple posts done by Shutterbug and Rupali as it shows that they have found this activity useful and want to catch up with the backlogs.
So far I feel we have covered most of the basics of the photography, thanks everyone for the active participation and the encouragement offered so far. Next sessions I am planning for some changes in the way we go forward.
Basically now I feel that we should move over to posting our images based on themes, for example, I will post a theme such as Beach, Sky, Rain, Water so that everyone can show their skills capturing them and we all will discuss the shots, I will add my critique as done now. Also time to time, I will pitch in new ‘topics’ as I find it necessary. Alos I feel that one week time for submission is too short as one may not get time to prepare a post in such a short period. So I need suggestions from you all of you guys. Based on that we will continue. Please post your suggestions in the comments section below. My next post will be next week.
Cheers and have a great day/night!