Monthly Challenges

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2021/22

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

It may be difficult for KSCCC members to take photographs within our usual six-month assignment timeline because of the current and potentially on-going restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. In those cases where you are unable take photos in public spaces, you may submit previously-taken photos.

The only requirements are that your submitted photos are in line with the monthly assignment, and you perform some form of post-processing on your photos in that particular month.

Monthly Challenge topics are designed to encourage members to use their creativity on different aspects of photography.  The list of our Monthly Challenge topics follows:

June/July/August – Canada, eh!

  • For the meeting of September 10th (date tentative)
  • Submit by noon on September 3rd
  • We live in a diverse country, reflective of our history, cultural mosaic, and geography. What images symbolize diversity in Canada? How can we portray our unique Canadian identity?

Fast/Slow Shutter Speed

  • For the meeting of October 1st 
  • Submit by noon on September 24th
  • One of the many techniques that photographers use to control the amount of light reaching a film or image sensor is shutter speed. When should you use a fast or slow shutter speed? Do you want to “stop” action, convey a sense of movement, shoot in low light or blazing sunlight? Experiment using different shutter speeds while photographing the same subject or scene.

Perspective

  • For the meeting of November 5th
  • Submit by noon on October 29th
  • Perspective in photography is generally defined as the sense of depth or spatial relationship between objects in a photograph. Rather then photographing at eye level, change your position and capture images that draw the viewer into the photo, or create a feeling of ambiguity, or perhaps over-emphasize a particular subject, or distort a viewer’s point of view. You could photograph one subject from several different angles.

Landscapes (natural, altered, city, urban)

  • For the meeting of December 3rd
  • Submit by noon on November 26th
  • Landscape photography is a perennial favorite of recreational and professional photographers. Try photographing landscapes a different way. For example, photograph the contrast between natural and altered landscapes, cityscapes and rural areas, golden hour and blue period, calm sunny days and gathering storm clouds.

Shapes (lines, curves, geometry)

  • For the meeting of January 7th
  • Submit by noon on January 2nd
  • The four basic elements of visual design are line, shape, texture, and perspective (Freeman Patterson: Photography and the Art of Seeing). Explore various elements of visual design to make engaging photographs that create impact.

Guilty Pleasures

  • For the meeting of February 4th
  • Submit by noon on January 28th
  • As the title suggests, what are those things or activities that are enjoyable, but may also be viewed as somewhat embarrassing? A second piece of double-chocolate cheesecake, a third glass of wine, that last piece of all-dressed pizza, or perhaps something a little more adventurous? Use your imagination to capture those special moments.

Silence

  • For the meeting of March 4th
  • Submit by noon on February 25th
  • How do you photograph silence? Is it capturing the sense of tranquility, quietness, peacefulness, or stillness? Or is it capturing the opposite, the emptiness of solitude, the sense of loss, or the lack of compassion or empathy? Explore different ways of expressing silence in your photography.

Symmetry/Balanced/Unbalanced

  • For the meeting of April 1
  • Submit by noon on March 25th
  • Symmetry in photography is achieved when the objects in an image are balanced or given equal weight. Symmetrical images can evoke a sense of order, stability, strength, or permanence.  They can also evoke a sense of rigidity or orthodoxy. Alternatively, unsymmetrical, or unbalanced images can evoke a sense of disorder, randomness, turbulence, or uncertainty. Try to convey a sense of balance or unbalance in your photography.

Reflections

  • For the meeting of May 6
  • Submit by noon on April 29th
  • Capturing unique reflections of buildings, people, animals, objects, or landscapes can add an interesting spin to sometimes rather predictable photographs. Try incorporating reflections to alter an image to capture and hold a viewer’s attention.

Wall Art/Building Decorations/Graffiti

  • For the meeting of June 3
  • Submit by noon on May 27th
  • The Cambridge English dictionary defines graffiti as “words or drawings, especially humorous, rude, or political on walls, doors, etc. in public places”. Words and drawings in public places are important vehicles of artistic expression, social and political commentary. How would you capture the essence of an artist’s visual statement?