CODP PHOTO CHALLENGE – October 2018
We enter into our 10th theme for the CODP photo challenge and this month we explore the deliberate use of artificial light and slow shutter speeds. Painting with light has been a firm favourite technique for many photographers, so get those torches and sparklers out!
Each month the College of Digital photography will post a theme that will not only challenge your photographic technique, but also push your creative boundaries.
Post your 3 of your best edited images either to Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #codpza & the relevant hashtag for the monthly theme. You can also tag us in the posts @codpza for feedback on your images.
All submissions need to be up on the 15th of each month. Submissions will be showcased on our social media channels, with regular entrants standing the chance to win course & workshop vouchers! Search the hashtags to see what some of our lecturers are getting up to as well.
Interpreting a photographic theme
Understanding the theme is critical in training your photographic eye. Words act as creative prompts which help the photographer become observant to photographic opportunities that would often be lost.
A photographic theme is merely a word prompt or phrase that inspires a photograph. It does not have to be taken literally and you may interpret the theme in any way you choose. The main purpose of the theme is to evoke ideas that will assist your photographic process.
October to November 2018 THEME
Painting with Light – #codpzalightpainting
- Light painting is a fun and creative way to photograph in low light or at night time, and you don’t need to spend hours looking for a cool location.
- Light painting techniques involve using Manual mode and keeping the shutter open for extended periods of time. The time period has to be long enough for you to ‘paint’ in the dark with a light source, so a tripod and using Bulb mode with a cable release, is a must.
- The light source can be a flash, a torch, a sparkler, a candle or even spill light from an existing light source. Experiment with using multiple light sources and different coloured gels, to enhance the mood. The whole idea is to have fun and create images with a magical, dreamy feel.
- Use the technique on a still life, person or building or even to create drawings or writing. We can’t wait to see what you do!
- Submission deadline – 15 November 2018