**Update — Eric and I will let this assignment run on for one more week to give people the chance to practice the assignment. We believe that it is a challenging assignment, and it will push you to practice ‘working the scene’ and taking many shots with different compositions (such as closer, focused on one subject or detail). Eric will post up a video review on Sunday August 6 (Vietnam time).
If you have already completed the assignment, remember to leave feedback on other’s post or start a new thread in the forum on what your biggest challenges are questions are in photography.
Great job so far on submissions and critique for STREETCLUB! Eric and I have really enjoyed seeing the photos and the active discussion. Our dream for STREETCLUB is to
1) encourage you to shoot, experiment, and learn and
2) learn from others by providing and receiving constructive feedback. (Each photo you upload, leave constructive feedback for three other photos).
We are at the one month mark and are excited to keep this up and see what everyone comes up with! If you have any suggestions or ideas for STREETCLUB, leave them below!
This week’s assignment will be a little different. Follow the assignment to “SUBTRACT/SIMPLIFY” a scene and then upload 3 photos of you working the same scene. Pick your final best photo from this set. The purpose here is to encourage you to continue working the same scene and ‘subtract/simplify’ it and to show others how you approached shooting the scene and simplifying it.
Remember to upload it by Sunday (Vietnam time) and Eric will share his time, perspectives, and wisdom through a video critique of the submissions 🙂
ASSIGNMENT 4: SUBTRACT, SUBTRACT, SUBTRACT
Start off with a photographic scene you are interested in, and continue to subtract from the frame, until you (almost) have nothing left.
We need to work to remove distractions from your frame. The point of the assignment is to try to figure out how much you can subtract from the scene and really capture the essence of the scene. There is a lot of “noise” in photography (elements that don’t add to a scene). Rather, try to find the “signal” (the elements which are interesting) When you’re shooting a street photograph, what do you really find interesting? Focus on the details. Subtract the rest.
***CLARIFICATION for the assignment:
Sorry for the confusion everyone. The goal this week is to focus on the method of ‘simplifying or subtracting’. Thus, focus on one scene, take multiple different shots and approaches to the scene with each shot simplifying the scene. Upload 3 images from that same scene here and label your favorite shot.
This assignment encourages you to work the scene, simplify your image and find the core components, and practice editing (choosing) your best shots.
#1. Spotted the scene
#2. Recomposed by moving closer and focusing on central subject (shopkeeper)
#3. Best – Moved even closer and focused on the mannequin and interaction with the shop owner