October 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, or the Beyond Megapixels Facebook page.

This month’s theme is “autumn”. Take pictures of fall landscapes, colorful trees, pumpkin patches, or scarf-wearing kids at the bus stop. Interpret this theme any way you wish, get creative with it, and have fun!

This month’s technical challenge is “flash”. Take photos using your on-camera or off-camera flash, strobe, or other light source. You can use this technique in tandem with the theme, or using any subject that you wish.

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. Alternately, you can also post your photo challenge contributions to the Photography-B&H Photo & BeyondMegapixels Facebook page.

Please tag each contribution with “October Photo Challenge”. Contributor photos are always highlighted in an entry at about mid-month, so tagging your photos helps us determine which Group or Facebook pictures were intended as part of the challenge. It is very important to ensure that the photo is able to be downloaded as well. The Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license gives the most protection to your photo, while still allowing it to be downloaded. 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):
- “Little Pumpkin With Fallen Leaves” by Pink Sherbet on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “A Portrait in Darkness” by McGraths on Flickr Creative Commons.

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