SOOC Challenge

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This weekend I challenge you to share your “straight out of camera”, or “SOOC” shots. Sometimes we all need a little motivation to get back down to basics. We sometimes tend to allow our post-processing skills make up for less than perfect shots. We think, “Well, the exposure isn’t quite right, but I’ll fix that later in Photoshop.” Or, “I could have framed that shot better, but I can just crop it later!”

It’s time to slow down a little, take a breath, and put a little more effort into the construction of our photographs. Let’s try to use our photography skills, rather than our photo editing skills, to create the shots we’re proud to share.

Recall what we know about aperture, and shutter speed. Remember, fast shutter speeds for bright light, slow shutter speeds for dim light. Small aperture numbers for shallow depths of field, and larger aperture numbers for wider depths of field.

Remember our rules of composition. Strive for balance, or simplicity. Remember to avoid mergers. Put your knowledge of the rule of thirds to good use.

Strive to improve upon and apply your photography knowledge, so that getting the shot “right” in the camera becomes second nature. Brush up on your familiarity of the manual settings of your camera. View lighting, angles, and composition with an eye toward capturing a great shot. Go into the shot knowing that you’re not going to edit it afterwards. Harken back to the old film photography days when a wasted shot meant wasted film and wasted money.

Here are some past entries from Beyond Megapixels that will help you in your efforts:

Long Exposure – A “Rule of Thumb” Challenge
Sunny 16 – A Rule of Thumb
Examples of Great Composition
Stops 101
Tips for Focusing in the Dark
Five Tips for Better Portraits
Six Tips for Photographing Wildflowers
The Finer Points of Focus
Celestial Photography

Good luck, and please share your efforts in the comments or on the Beyond Megapixels Flickr Group. Have a great weekend!

Photo Credit: “SOOC dandelion” by ClickFlashPhotos on Flickr Creative Commons.

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