October 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm #44821
• Assignment: Choose 12 significant photos from the past 12 months and prepare them to be printed professionally.
• Purpose: To consider what actually is our best work, to take what we think is good and cull it down to what is truly “significant”, and to learn how to prepare those images for use in a medium that proves the quality of each photo.
• Bigger Picture: If you take many photos, this exercise is intended to help you ponder how important the photos you take really are to you; did I really need to take the amount of photos I did to walk away with what was actually important to me? If you do not take many photos, this exercise is intended to help you ponder the importance of photography in general; do I invest enough in photography to actually walk away with photos that are important to me?
• Prizes: One winner, a Lenspiration member chosen at random, will have their 12 significant photos printed in their own custom, 2020 calendar!
• Orientation: Any ratio is welcome, including vertical orientation, though a horizontal rendition of the same photo (if you have one) may be requested if you happen to be the winner.
• How to Submit: Please do not attach 12 separate images. Instead, attach only one file that is a collage of all 12 photos, or, provide a link to an online collection of your 12 individual photos (feel free to upload your 12 individual photos to this link if you are unable to provide a link to an online collection).
• Terms: By submitting your photo(s) to Lenspiration, you agree to the terms outlined in the STS Photo Assignment Agreement.
• Deadline: Midnight Saturday, November 9, 2019 (or until this topic is no longer highlighted yellow).
Learn about what makes a photo significant and then get training on how to prepare your photos for print at What Makes a Photo Significant?
Watch the photos submitted for this assignment get critiqued by registering for the November 12 Photo Critique Webinar!
October 18, 2019 at 5:16 pm #45771blessings capturedParticipant
- This topic was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by James Staddon.
Can anyone do it and be chosen as a random winner?
Sounds like fun!October 18, 2019 at 11:57 pm #45782
Oh, good question! I’m sorry, I meant to mention that only Lenspiration members could win. Will change the details!November 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm #46173Jamie ParfittParticipant
Do the pictures need to be a certain size? I’m assuming that I should not include my watermark on them.
~NaomiNovember 5, 2019 at 2:04 am #46192Caitlin ComptonParticipant
Do the pictures have to be landscape/nature scense or can they be of other things? ie. stock photos we’ve taken of people praying or other random things etcNovember 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm #46321Lydia BennettModerator
What a great assignment this was! At first, I wasn’t sure what to do! As I sifted through the past year of photos, I realized that most photos I took were for a specific purpose (i.e. family portrait sessions, STS assignments, day to day life, etc.) so even though I thought many of them were fine as a photograph, I wouldn’t consider them especially “significant” or calendar-worthy. Plus, I wanted to have a common theme to the photos to tie them all together, and I also wanted them to correspond appropriately with the 12 months of the year!
As I talked it through with my sisters, we discovered there was a theme in my photographs throughout the past year. And it was something I thought was significant: many of the pictures captured subjects we tend to take for granted in (hopefully) a thought-provoking way. The things we brush over in everyday life or don’t think are naturally beautiful (like a weed growing in a sidewalk, busy highways or a thorny branch). But when we take a moment and look at something from a new perspective, we can find remarkable beauty in unexpected places and find that we have much to be grateful for!
So, here’s a screenshot of 12 Significant Photos! I submitted the individual DNGs via the link provided above.November 9, 2019 at 6:35 pm #46323
Hi @momparfitt, sorry for not getting back with you on this earlier!
When it comes to size, the best quality for printing will be if the photos are at least 3600px wide.
Unless you want the watermark printed in the calendar, I would not submit photos with a watermark. For the winner of the assignment, I can add text to give credit in a way other than a watermark.
And @creative-click-photography, they do not need to be landscape/nature scenes! Just 12 significant photos that tell stories and bring glory to God!November 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm #46324
@bennett-family, I’m glad you learned some things through this assignment! That was the idea. 🙂 Everybody’s going to learn something different.November 10, 2019 at 2:21 am #46335Caitlin ComptonParticipant
I love the idea behind this assignment! Well…it worked for me. 🙂 Looking back over this past years photos, I realised just how little time I’ve spent on photography this year. It has definitely inspired me to dedicate more time to photography next year to improve my photography skills and to actually end up with more ‘significant’ photos. 🙂 That said, I still picked out 12 photos. In order for them to be calendar worthy, I’m thinking they would need to be paired with verses to give them more meaning to the viewer.
The video on preparing photos for print was really interesting, as this is something I’ve never delved into before! I must admit – it’s really sad what it does to the photos! 🙂 Anyway, wasn’t sure if I was supposed to prepare my photos before submitting them or not, so the photos I’ve submitted aren’t prepared in that way.November 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm #46338Lydia BennettModerator
The video on preparing photos for print was really interesting, as this is something I’ve never delved into before! I must admit – it’s really sad what it does to the photos!
Me too! I did prepare my submitted photos in that way, and it was ok for some of them but others I didn’t care for the outcome! :/November 11, 2019 at 10:34 pm #46348Esther MarieParticipant
I finally got together my collage of 12 significant photos, @jamesstaddon!! FYI, I will work on getting my photos print ready tomorrow. 🙂 This assignment has helped me a ton!
As I sifted through the past year of photos, I realized that most photos I took were for a specific purpose (i.e. family portrait sessions, STS assignments, day to day life, etc.) so even though I thought many of them were fine as a photograph, I wouldn’t consider them especially “significant” or calendar-worthy.
I totally agree, @bennett-family! That was exactly what was running through my mind as I was looking through my pictures. I realized that most of the times when I was out taking the specific photo, I would randomly see something and snap a shot. So each photo has some kind of story behind it! 😀November 12, 2019 at 11:51 am #46366
I’m going to assemble all the submissions and choose a random winner now! Knowing that so much thought and effort went into each photographer’s mini-portfolio, oh, drawing a name out of a hat tis the kind of task I dread! :[ Winner or no, you’ve done the work of assembling your best photos from the past year, and that’s the important step you’ve taken toward becoming a better photographer that possibly you may never have done.
I’ll announce the winner on the webinar tonight, so if you haven’t signed up for it yet, here’s the link! http://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-46November 15, 2019 at 3:05 pm #46528January 14, 2020 at 3:09 pm #48082
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