FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

NEW Assignments Index and Rules

Author
pegelli View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Dyxum Administrator

Joined: 02 June 2007
Country: Belgium
Location: Schilde
Status: Offline
Posts: 26852
Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: NEW Assignments Index and Rules
    Posted: 01 January 2010 at 12:16
Photographic Assignments


Photographic Assignments are a series of challenging tasks that you have to complete one by one. They are meant to be challenging and each one of them requires thinking and careful planning on your side. The difficulties you face in the way of completing an assignment are added to your photographic knowledge as valuable experiences. Your attempts are evaluated by our moderators, who are very strict about the rules of assignments and have high expectations from you. Sometimes even more than what you expect from yourself. If your entry is not accepted, you must retry until you do well enough to be accepted! It is a given that the camera used will be an A-mount digital or film SLR, and not any other type.

Important Note About Copyright: as with all photos posted on Dyxum the copyright remains with the photographer who took and posted the shot. However to make the idea of assignments working our Admins/Moderators/Alpha Eyes who are evaluating your work in here may need to modify posted shots for instructional/educational purposes. So by posting an image in Assignemnts you give Admins/Mods/Alpha Eyes permission to post a modified version for instructional/educational purposes only. Such modified photos will be published exclusively in Assignments section on Dyxum and will be removed as soon as possible on your (copyright holder's) request.

Guidelines

  • Read your assignment carefully. Some of them might be hard to understand. It's your responsibility to comprehend the given set of rules and come up with a correct interpretation of it.

  • Take your lessons. When you fail, make sure you understand the given reason. If it's not clear, discuss it.

  • Discuss. Ask questions about our evaluations, leave your comments about other dyxumers' attempts. Photography related discussions are always welcome in assignment topics.

  • Follow other attempts as well. See how people interpret the assignment. Learn why attempts get accepted or refused. If you are not in agreement with our decision, jump in and tell your opinion.

  • Try to use "quality" shots. Don't just post a grab shot that meets the criteria, try to use shots in line with your usual standard re. lighting, sharpness etc.



Assignments

Basic Assignments:

Intermediate Assignments:

Portrait Assignments
  • Natural light
  • Studio with multiple lights/reflectors
  • Environmental portrait

Advanced Assignments:

These can be taken in any order. But if you want to set yourself a personal challenge, you can still do them in the numbered order -- the prizemoney does not increase, but the satisfaction when finished will be greater. However you can only do one assignment at a time, and you can only move to another once after completion (passing) of the one you started.

Rules

The general rules for the assignments are as follows (the specific instructions will be posted in the threads):
  • clean slate, all “old” assignments will be locked (over time as the new ones are created)
  • Photo's shot with A/E-mount cameras only, no other brands/mounts
  • no mining, shots must be specifically taken for the assignment (we trust you )
  • Provide shooting data, like camera, lens, exposure details, date taken etc. when there is no exif included in the picture file.
  • only one assignment at the time. Once started you can only take the next assignment after having passed.
  • one dimension crop and minor straightening allowed (to allow different aspect ratios, but don’t crop in both directions)
  • max 2 pics per post/try
  • you can do the assignments in any order, and repeated as many times as you want
  • at least one moderators or admin will comment on every post and determine fail/pass. This might include general C&C as well.
  • all members of Dyxum can also leave comments on the shots posted
  • id of members that passed will be kept in a "pass post"
  • specifically good pictures or good examples of assignment passes will be kept in a new "assignment gallery"
  • instructions for specific assignments will generally stay as is (and we'll have to write new ones for new assignments).
  • shots posted for the assignments are eligible for selection in the weekly exhibitions



If you have a suggestion to improve the Assignments, please post it in this thread.




Edited by bms44974 - 10 October 2013 at 12:26
Mind the bandwidth of others, don't link pictures larger then 1024 wide or 960 pix high, see here
 



Back to Top
ifreedman View Drop Down
Alpha Eyes group
Alpha Eyes group

Joined: 24 January 2012
Country: United States
Location: Hudson ValleyNY
Status: Offline
Posts: 4727
Post Options Post Options   Quote ifreedman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 March 2012 at 15:32
I know I'm getting way ahead of myself, since I haven't yet attempted any of these assignments, but do you still intend to add the portrait assignments or the 3 additional advanced assignments? I like these ideas.

Ian
Back to Top
DWardCA View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member

Joined: 24 May 2012
Country: Canada
Location: Edmonton
Status: Offline
Posts: 194
Post Options Post Options   Quote DWardCA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2012 at 06:58
I wanted to suggest having a few post-processing assignments. Seems to be very important in digital photography. If the same quality of tips and tricks can be conveyed as what has been done with the photo assignments - I would say great.

For example, the first basic post-processing assignment could involve developing the digital image.   Take a raw file and accomplish specific development tasks with it for a pass or fail. People would post the original (in JPG) and their developed JPGs.

For other assignments, you could do HDR, selective altering of the photo (and reducing image size to hide manual edits), airbrushing, etc.   



Edited by DWardCA - 27 June 2012 at 14:18
SLT-A65V | Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 | Sony 35mm f/1.8 | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 | Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Back to Top
ifreedman View Drop Down
Alpha Eyes group
Alpha Eyes group

Joined: 24 January 2012
Country: United States
Location: Hudson ValleyNY
Status: Offline
Posts: 4727
Post Options Post Options   Quote ifreedman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2012 at 16:20
Let me second DWardCA's suggestion about post processing assignments.

But on another note, I came here to reference the rules and what kinds of post processing are allowed or not for these assignments. Other than cropping, I don't see any clear regulations re. PPing. Can I suggest that you make it more clear in the rules about whether PP is allowed. I assume that basic color/levels/contrast is allowed. But are filter effects? Level mixing and masking? Sharpening and blurring? Etc?

Ian
Back to Top
pegelli View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Dyxum Administrator

Joined: 02 June 2007
Country: Belgium
Location: Schilde
Status: Offline
Posts: 26852
Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2012 at 16:56
Originally posted by ifreedman ifreedman wrote:

Let me second DWardCA's suggestion about post processing assignments.

But on another note, I came here to reference the rules and what kinds of post processing are allowed or not for these assignments. Other than cropping, I don't see any clear regulations re. PPing. Can I suggest that you make it more clear in the rules about whether PP is allowed. I assume that basic color/levels/contrast is allowed. But are filter effects? Level mixing and masking? Sharpening and blurring? Etc?

Ian


We're currently discussing PP assignments, so hold tight, something is in the works.

For the rest all PP is allowed as you see fit to complete the assignments, except for a photo-montage of several pictures. It should have all happened with one shot (or a bracketed HDR)
Mind the bandwidth of others, don't link pictures larger then 1024 wide or 960 pix high, see here
Back to Top
ifreedman View Drop Down
Alpha Eyes group
Alpha Eyes group

Joined: 24 January 2012
Country: United States
Location: Hudson ValleyNY
Status: Offline
Posts: 4727
Post Options Post Options   Quote ifreedman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2012 at 01:42
Thanks.
 



Back to Top
SClight View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie

Joined: 07 January 2010
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Posts: 12
Post Options Post Options   Quote SClight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2012 at 21:27
Hello there,

Wondering if NEX E-mount shots are permitted. One spot says A's and KM's another says A and E mounts. I'm away from home without the A700 and was hoping to work on my skills and get some constructive feedback. Always been afraid to try but boredom is a good push :-).
Back to Top
bms44974 View Drop Down
Moderator Group
Moderator Group
Assignments Deputy

Joined: 18 October 2008
Country: United States
Location: Cary, NC
Status: Offline
Posts: 4375
Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 July 2012 at 03:58
@SClight: Welcome to Dyxum, Jeff! As we have recently started accepting E-mount images in the weekly exhibition, I see no reason why they would not be allowed in the assignments. Shoot away.

Cheers... Brian
A7rII; A6500; A77; SEL2470Z; SEL90M28G; SEL100400GM; SELP1650; SAL70300G; SAL50M28; CZ1680; LA-EA4
Back to Top
Atom Ant View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Assignments Graduate

Joined: 10 October 2013
Country: Singapore
Status: Offline
Posts: 1127
Post Options Post Options   Quote Atom Ant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2013 at 11:25
Hi

I believe the link entitled Rule of "Thirds and Golden Mean" points to an old version.

Cheers
Back to Top
bms44974 View Drop Down
Moderator Group
Moderator Group
Assignments Deputy

Joined: 18 October 2008
Country: United States
Location: Cary, NC
Status: Offline
Posts: 4375
Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2013 at 12:27
@Atom Ant: Thanks for the reminder! The link has been fixed.

Cheers... Brian
A7rII; A6500; A77; SEL2470Z; SEL90M28G; SEL100400GM; SELP1650; SAL70300G; SAL50M28; CZ1680; LA-EA4
Back to Top
mikey2000 View Drop Down
Moderator Group
Moderator Group
OoU coördinator

Joined: 10 January 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Posts: 11082
Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2013 at 20:03
What happened to the 'Decisive Moment' assignment? I actually took a pic for it today and now the assignment seems to have been dropped.
Want to know more about
  • Atom Ant? Just click!
  • Back to Top
    bms44974 View Drop Down
    Moderator Group
    Moderator Group
    Assignments Deputy

    Joined: 18 October 2008
    Country: United States
    Location: Cary, NC
    Status: Offline
    Posts: 4375
    Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2013 at 22:51
    @mikey2000: That assignment proved VERY difficult to judge. While the AMAE's had a rather narrow interpretation of the topic requirements, the membership at large seemed to apply them in far more circumstances than we could have ever imagined. Please post your entry in Open Views and we will give it a review.

    Cheers... Brian
    A7rII; A6500; A77; SEL2470Z; SEL90M28G; SEL100400GM; SELP1650; SAL70300G; SAL50M28; CZ1680; LA-EA4
    Back to Top
    mikey2000 View Drop Down
    Moderator Group
    Moderator Group
    OoU coördinator

    Joined: 10 January 2008
    Location: United Kingdom
    Status: Offline
    Posts: 11082
    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2013 at 23:00
    Brian, thanks for the quick reply. I always thought it was a bit of a tricky assignment!   I posted the pic in the Oktoberfest outtakes (a burning match). I'm sure it will receive due comment over there - the level of commenting has been A++ over there this time around :-)

    In the meantime, I must crack on with all the other assignments.... I've been a member here for quite a while and I think I really should have done more (in fact, that was my new year 2012 resolution...)
    Want to know more about
  • Atom Ant? Just click!
  • Back to Top
    Dyxum main page >  Forum Home > Dyxum Photographs > Photographic Assignments

    Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down



    This page was generated in 0.063 seconds.

    Monitor calibration strip

    Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer

    In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania

    Feel free to contact us if needed.