FIRST - There will be no more face-to-face Meetups for the Skills Build workshops until the fall, but I'll keep posting assignments and we can keep doing online critiques.
THE ASSIGNMENT - Photograph moving water. Freeze it, blur it, play with depth-of-field, shoot the water itself or the reflections upon it. Shoot it in its solid, liquid, or gaseous forms - just make sure it's moving.
NOTE: This isn't the venue for sharing your best photos - go to Chez M&M or a 20/20 for that. This venue is intended to force you and your camera into constant action. Do not post anything that you didn't take between May 26 and June 9.
Format for the Skills Build Workshop
I, Trina, will post an assignment that we have two weeks to complete. Until the fall, there will be no more face-to-face meetings but I'll keep it going online.
When I post the assignment, I will also create a photo album on the Meetup site with the assignment name and the start/end dates. It will be possible to upload your photo(s) to the album as soon as it’s created.
Post photos to the proper "Skills Build" photo album on the Meetup website. Indicate what kind of feedback you're looking for. For example, you may want advice on lighting, composition, content, emotive affect, etc.
There will be a 1:3 ratio, meaning for every one image you post, you are obligated to critique at least three images for other photographers. Post 2, critique 6, etc.
Regarding re-edits: Some “critiquers” may want to show you what they advise instead of tell you. If you wish to do this, contact the photographer for permission to alter their image.
Anyone is welcome to provide feedback whether or not you have posted an image. Feedback must be constructive, that is, it must provide information that the photographer can use. If you love a picture, state why. If not, state why. Offer suggestions. Always be honest and kind.
Accepting feedback can be difficult. Sometimes we take it personally, as though we are being judged ourselves. Try to see the feedback for what it is: another person's perspective on one image. Someone has taken the time to give you honest feedback about an image so accept it gracefully. If you can learn from it, great, if you don't agree, that's okay too but always accept the offering without argument or defence. Always be honest and kind.