July Photo Challenge

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Each month we feature a month-long “challenge”: one photographic “theme” in which participants are encouraged to take photos of a certain subject or concept, and one “technical challenge” in which participants will use a certain photography technique. Contributors can either combine the theme and the technique in a single photograph, or in individual photographs that demonstrate one or the other. Everyone is encouraged to post their results in the Beyond Megapixels Photo Pool on Flickr.

This month’s theme is “color”. You can submit a colorful photograph, or a photograph that depicts a specific color. You could even take a black-and-white photograph and process back in a touch of color. Given that it’s nearly Independence Day here in the U.S., you could also post photos of flags or fireworks for this particular theme.

This month’s technical challenge is “Straight-Out-Of-Camera” (SOOC). Readers are encouraged to use this technique, and either combine it with this month’s theme, or use a different subject for your photograph. Use this opportunity to “get back to basics” and hone our photography skills enough that post-processing is completely unnecessary. We did a challenge similar to this back in May.

To post your submissions in the Beyond Megapixels Flickr Group Pool, go to this link. Only members can post to the pool, but it’s a very simple and FREE process (you must have a Flickr account, which is also simple and free). Simply click on the “Join This Group” link (as illustrated in the screen shot below) and follow the prompts to join the pool.

Please tag each contribution with “July Photo Challenge”. Contributor photos are always highlighted in an entry at about mid-month, so tagging your photos helps us determine which Group pictures were intended as part of the challenge. We also post a group discussion thread in the Flickr Group at the beginning of each month, for contributors to share their experiences about the challenge.

If you’d like, you can also post a link to your contribution in the comments of this article. Have fun, and we look forward to seeing your results!

Photo credits (in order of appearance):
- “Colour parquets” by bzuk on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “SOOC Week (day 5)” by jnyemb on Flickr Creative Commons.

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