XDrive Photography Learning – Review – Nov

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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.

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!

Raj

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Yoly says:

    I’m sure your asleep already. Very informative post Raj. By the way, I will be nominating you next on my photo challenge…lol..cheers 😜

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Yoly, I hope I find time to contribute. As I am under the gun workwise and it should continue for another hectic week or two. But I will try definitely. Thank you! 🙂

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      1. Yoly says:

        No worries 😉… I’ll be waiting

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  2. shutterbug says:

    Cheers Raj! I have to agree that a week apart is a little short. I like to read, then reread the lessons, ruminate on the topic a bit and then post. I feel like I get a better understanding that way and it gives me a bit of time to actually learn. Whatever time space you will be working on will work for me. I’ll just keep plucking through at my own pace. Thanks for these posts. They are a lot of fun and I am learning a lot.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks shutterbug for your feedback. There are a lot of themes based or challenge type of activities on wordpress, but here I want it to be on learning based, I don’t want people just post any picture of beach just because I said the theme is a beach. People have to post a good picture taken well thought photographically.

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  3. Rupali says:

    Thank you for your lessons and reviews on the submissions.

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  4. Amy says:

    I’m for the change. I think it’ll be great to see everyone’ photo work based on the theme and get feedback/critics from you.
    I, too, have learned a lot. I’m slow, will get there. 🙂 Thank you, Raj for putting so much effort.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Amy for the feedback.. The change is not because I thought the concept did not work… I had to do it because basic concepts to be learnt by topic-wise.. Now that we have covered most of them, now we can go for targetted shootings, that we discussions will be easily followed and understood. Only thing I am worried is, with the themes we will be posting fresh pictures and then one week might not be enough time to submit.. what you guys think?

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      1. Amy says:

        I agree.. Posting fresh pictures once a week based on the theme, I might have problem, but am willing to give a try. 🙂

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  5. loisajay says:

    I like the idea of themes, Raj. I tend to flounder a bit otherwise. I like a week turnaround only because I tend to get a little slap happy when cleaning my Inbox and delete an email I was trying to save to remind me to post for your challenge.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks for the feedback Lois, let’s see what others see then we will decide together!

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  6. InspiresN says:

    Great summary and Thanks for all the information shared , have so much to learn!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Nisha for your support and appreciation! 🙂

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  7. brenda says:

    Raj, I think the use of themes will encourage an application of learning that hopefully will generalize more to all my photography. Also, extending the lessons is a choice I recommend.

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  8. Helen C says:

    Don’t we get winter break? 😉
    Seriously, since we all live in different part of the world, we may not be able to photo the same theme (Can we?). For example, around here beach doesn’t look good at this time of year. And I am talking about the small ones on lakes since ocean is far away. Pretty soon, snow will be a good one for me, but definitely not good for some other people. But that may be okay though. We can still read and think about it…(Of course there are other theme may work for all of us.)
    I also think weekly is a little too rush for me. Weekly is good when I don’t have other thing going on. When I was participating NaBloPoMo in Nov., I know I didn’t do as good job on my assignments as before. Maybe every 2 weeks? (If we can read your lesson every week, but only do our homework every other week, it will be ideal. Ha ha ha. 😉
    Have a great day.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Helen for the feedback. Yes, that’s exactly I thought, some of the themes may not be relevant to some time of the year. So we have to choose the themes carefully. Also, regarding the time span may be two weeks is a better choice so that we could have at least two themes explored in a month. Basically, I am trying to see if everyone shoot with photography in mind and covering the basics at least. There are lots of areas where we can post these pre-taken photos.

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