Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors on a dedicated theme each week. This week’s challenge: Near.
The exact framing you give a shot defines it in many important ways, but it can also turn a shot of something everyday and ordinary into something wonderful and interesting depending on how close you are to the subject at hand. I’m not so much talking about macro shots of tiny objects, which is a skill all of its own, but taking larger objects and either breaking them down into their component parts by only photographing part of a structure or thing, or bringing them near to highlight a particular feature. And if you need a little more inspiration, watch this. It’s instructional, and was at least partially the inspiration for this week’s challenge.
Please note that we’ve changed the submission rules recently, so make sure you read through them carefully.
Image: Flickr user peasap Creative Commons some rights reserved.
So that’s a pretty open-ended brief guys, looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
1. The work must be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. No portfolio shots please.
3. Explain (briefly) the photography equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Entries must be submitted via the feedback form here; choose “Gizmodo Shooting Challenge” as the contact reason.
5. Don’t forget to attach your image! (at least 800px wide)
6. One submission per person.
Submit your best photo by Tuesday, November 29th at 10am AEDT through the feedback form (select “Gizmodo Shooting Challenge” in the dropdown box). Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameNEAR.jpg naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences.
And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the great photos!
Need Inspiration? Check out the previous Gizmodo Shooting Challenges.