We all want to take better shots, right? Well, it all goes back to the basics. So I thought I'd try starting a thread with assignments again. Starting way back at the very basics. No matter how long you've been shooting, a week, a year, a lifetime... there are skills you always need to work on.
So who is interested here? I thought a group like we had before, an as you have time to participate open thread, would work best. I'll post an "assignment" twice a month... around the first and the 15th. Please speak up if there's a particular skill set you want to improve on. Participate as you can, go back and do any previous assignment whenever you want!
The assignments will be basic skills that can be accomplished with any camera... no frills point and shoot to a top of the line DSLR. The point of this thread is to get out and practice so new images shot with the assignments in mind only please.
What I don't want here... no ripping, shredding, trashing or otherwise bashing. This isn't a thread to give hard critique. It's a thread to learn. So keep any kind of feedback in regards to improvement in a positive and constructive light. If you want to rip apart people's hopes and dreams there are a lot of other photo boards out there just for that.
Sound good? Come on, this board has been so slow and it used to be really great. Let's make it great again....
Focusing is probably the most basic skill in photography, but it's one a lot of people don't spend a lot of time on. We have auto focus, right? But how many times has auto focus failed you? How often has it put that point of focus in the wrong place?
So the first task is to take your camera, pick someplace to focus precisely. If you miss then keep trying until you hit it. This may mean getting the manual out for your camera to learn how your auto focus system works. It could mean learning to use AF points, or even coming up with a good focusing method. Just pick a subject and go.
This is not an assignment about depth of field. It's an exercise to nail that focus exactly where you want it.
Now go. Shoot. Post.