Clinic Assignment Topics

2023 – 2024 Clinic Assignment Topics

Images for Assignment Topics are to be initially exposed between March 1, 2023 and March 30, 2024. The submission and presentation dates of each clinic will be available shortly. Please keep an eye on the website for updates about Assignment topics and resources.

Animals / Birds

Any animal or bird, including, domestic or wild. This Assignment Topic is not restricted to Nature Clinic rules. The rules are the same as those in Pictorial. Hand of man, cloning, etc. is allowed.


Insects

This topic covers insects and bugs. It is not restricted to using a macro lens nor is it restricted by Nature Clinic rules. The rules are the same as those in Pictorial. Hand of man, cloning, etc. is allowed. An image that tells a story as opposed to being a portrait may enhance the score.


Shadows

Shadows are the dark areas where a light source is blocked by an object. Shadows change shape, intensity, and even color along with the angle, direction, and temperature of light. Any photo that uses shadows as a prominent part of the composition — to enhance the contrast of a subject or as the subject itself — is shadow photography. It is not compulsory to have a very bright background as in silhouette.

Not to be confused with a silhouette – Silhouette is the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible in restricted light against a brighter background.


Back light

Back lighting relates to a design of lighting where a key-light or one of the main lights, is placed facing the camera with the subject placed between them. The effect is to produce a glow or rim on the edges of the subject at the back. The glow effect at the back leaves the rest of the subject in shadow, or weakened light. Back lighting can be created by artificial light or by using natural light.

2022 – 2023 Clinic Assignment Topics

Images for Assignment Topics are to be initially exposed between March 1, 2022 and March 30, 2023. Please keep an eye on the website for updates about Assignment topics and resources.

Architecture – Due October 24, 2022

Architecture – is a genre of the photography discipline
where the primary emphasis is made to capturing photographs of buildings and similar architectural structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate in terms of representations of their subjects. Architectural photographers are usually skilled in the use of specialized techniques such as perspective and angles and camera equipment for producing such specialized photography.

Clinic 1 – Architecture, will be presented via Zoom on November 28th, 2022.


Symmetry – Due November 28, 2022

Symmetry – In photography, symmetry appears when
parts of your composition mirror other parts
. Symmetry is created when two halves of your scene look the same and balance each other out. Symmetry defines something being clean, proportional and balanced and will make pictures appear neat, tidy and clinical.

Symmetrical balance in art is when you can draw a line down the middle of a piece and each half will mirror the
other. Symmetry in a photo allows you to draw the viewer’s eyes to all parts of the photo.

Clinic 2 – Symmetry, will be presented via Zoom on January 9th, 2023


Minimalism – Due January 9, 2023

Minimalism – is a form of photography that is distinguished by extreme, austere simplicity. It emphasizes spareness and focuses solely on the smallest number of objects in the composition process. Minimalist photographers usually focus solely on one particular subject, rather than an abundance of color, patterns and information.

Minimalist photography arises from the notion of minimalism in art, which is a style used by many 20th century artists. This style emphasizes the use of a minimal number of compositional elements: color, objects, shapes and texture. The aim of minimalist photography is to express a concept, in order to bring forth a distinctive visual experience or elicit an emotional response from the viewer.

In the world of photography, minimalism is viewed as an exceptionally intuitive and personal concept, entrusting interpretation and understanding to the audience perspective of the art.

Clinic 3 – Minimalism, will be presented via Zoom on February 27th, 2023


Still Life – Due February 27, 2023

Still Life – is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. Similar to still life painting, it is the application of photography to the still life artistic style.

Tabletop photography, product photography, food photography, found object photography etc. are examples of still life photography.
This genre gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition compared to other photographic genres, such as landscape or portrait photography. Lighting and framing are important aspects of still life photography composition.

Man-made objects like pots, vases, consumer products, handicrafts etc. or natural objects like plants, fruits, vegetables, food, rocks, shells etc. can be taken as subjects
for still life photography. Typically, still life photos are not
close up to the subject nor far away, but at a very head-on
angle.

Clinic 4 – Still Life, will be presented via Zoom on March 27th, 2023