Assignment

Catch the Light

This assignment ran from Jun 5 to Jun 26, 2013.

“Without light, both we and our cameras are blind.” —Annie Griffiths

Light is the fundamental element of photography that transforms a scene from mundane to magical, from flat to multidimensional. Whether it’s the glow of the golden hour, the harsh contrast of the midday sun, or the distant light of stars coaxed out through long exposure, light is key. More...

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Alexa Keefe
Photography Producer
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Published Jul 8, 2013.
Thank you for your contributions!

You Know It When You See It

Posted jun 19, 2013

"Nice light" is one of those catchphrases that means little in the
written language, but becomes crystal clear when expressed visually.
This is the principle I invite you to follow for the remainder of this
assignment. As you look at the frame you have made, ask these
questions: Is the light you have captured what makes your photograph
sing? Is it the element that binds together moment, composition, and technique? Does it make you want to say "nice light"?

I have said yes to these questions several times so far. Keep up the great work!

Off to a Shining Start

Posted jun 12, 2013
I’m enjoying seeing all of the ways light inspires you. Remember to show me the situations as they appear. This is infinitely more interesting than anything Photoshop can do. And please submit photos without watermarks if you can. These are less distracting to the eye and easier to integrate into the final story.

Finally, for those of you who have questions about how to create the shot you’re envisioning, take a look at these tips:


I’m looking forward to seeing what comes in this week!

The Language of Light

Posted jun 5, 2013

For this assignment, we invite you to speak the language of light. Spend time in one place and take note of how the changing light affects the mood and tone of what you're seeing. Observe the way light might fall on someone's face, cast a shadow across a surface, or play with color in a scene. Experiment with light sources in interior spaces, or get creative with light painting. 

Show us the light your camera sees.

Alexa Keefe

Alexa Keefe

Photography Producer
Alexa Keefe has been working with photography for over ten years as a photo librarian, photo editor, and photo producer. She is the Photography Producer for nationalgeographic.com and the editor of Photo of the Day.
363 comments
Abtin Javid
Abtin Javid

hi everyone, how I can put my photo in" Catch the Light " collection ???

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

In the story 'Catch the Light', some of the photographs depict light as the subject in the image.  Using light as the photo subject is an original idea and may require some creative practice.  Text accompanying the story was well written; it provided a supportive and coherent framework for the photographs.  Gary

Ellena Pfeffer
Ellena Pfeffer

Alexa Keefe, You have a hard choice to make! GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

varad vanjape
varad vanjape

Best of luck to all my fellow photographers & hope to have  a best , bright  & prosperous journey  to you.This assignment was just so much fun .Awesome pics everyone.

Ellena Pfeffer
Ellena Pfeffer

Beautiful, congrats to all Editors Choice! outstanding photos everyone! Best of luck on the journey forwards. This Assignment is going to be a great Story! I just know it. Don't you?

gisele teixeira
gisele teixeira

Hi Everyone,

What are the rules on 'collages or borders?' allowed? not? if so, under what circumstances? I was assuming not, but I got confused...thank you!

Abdulrahman Alhinai
Abdulrahman Alhinai

This website stole ALL my time and commitment to other social platforms. I must admit it is SO addictive. I think I need some rehabilitation.  

carol worrell
carol worrell

What I enjoy the most about this new website is the opportunity to connect with people all over the world. It has been so amazing to share similar interests and to view their world through photography. What a wonderful opportunity to bond, learn and grow.

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

Everyone have a great weekend. Get out and take some photos. I'll be looking forward to seeing the great photography everyone does.  Thanks for sharing and making my day brighter and fun.

Ellena Pfeffer
Ellena Pfeffer

Great job everyone for there lovely submissions it is very cool to see what others see in the world!

Jim Arnold
Jim Arnold

I stumbled across this and am quite glad I did.

My parents were always taking pictures of practically everything and after the military, I began doing the same.

I thank you for the opportunity all my friends and lots of family, said I should take and that is stepping into the world of photography.

One curiosity of this assignment remains...how do I know if my photos have been accepted, or not, aside from scrolling through each entry, looking for my own ?

Again, thank you for putting me one step closer, to what at one time was simply a foolish pipe-dream.

Leanne R.
Leanne R.

Thanks kindly for creating this assignment. I enjoyed participating, and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to see some fantastic photos. There is definitely a lot of talent out there.

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

Hard work... hard work! As my dad says 'the important is not the time but the job done with perfection'. Hang in there, staff folks and receive our positive vibes! ;))

Edgar Rowe
Edgar Rowe

I am confused.  Somewhere I read that  submissions  could NOT be photoshopped but editing by cropping/sharpness was Okay.  Many of the "editor's choice" photos have clearly been photoshopped.  What am I missing?  It is usually something!!!

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

The 2D is for 'Daily Dose' - Check YourShot 2D everyday for latest.  Gary

Seetha K.
Seetha K.

Jeanne, I am amazed,how do you select the best 12 shots for the daily dozen out of several thousands in 24 hours. What isthe magical formula?

Angelia Cross
Angelia Cross

If you were published for the daily dozen does that give you a spot in being published in the story?

Vitor Hugo Moura
Vitor Hugo Moura

Brilliant idea for an Assignment, nice job and, beautiful photos!

Felix Wu
Felix Wu

Hi Alexa, I just discovered this assignment and was pretty excited but then I looked at the closing date and its yesterday! Is there any chance I can still submit? Love this topic!

carol worrell
carol worrell

Since this assignment started, my husband has a nickname for me now...."Moth".  He says that every time I see light, I am drawn to it.  I guess I took this assignment pretty seriously!

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

Can't wait to see what the new assignment will be!  But really can't wait to see the story for Light. The editors have their work cut out for them. Good luck to everyone.

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

Come to me, new assignment!! And if I don't have photos ready for you even better, after all, nothing is more enjoyable than going on a mission... ;) p.s. The DD today is incredible!!

Paul Martens
Paul Martens

It will be more than a hard days work for the editors to go through all these magnificent submissions and to make a no doubt fantastic story out of it.! I wonder if they knew these assignments would be this successful when they were planning them ;-)

Jason Gu
Jason Gu

Dear editors, I wonder how the images in 'All submissions - most popular' section were sorted.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

I loved MyShot; it was simple and easy to use.  New YourShot is even better; it boasts super features like Slideshows, real-time Content Streams, and Connectivity.  Gary

T. Chong
T. Chong

Wow, so many awesome photos!  I am so inspired by all the great pictures I see here.  I have so much to learn about photography!

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Like auditions or tryouts, publication day is a big event.  Gary

Ivan Lesica
Ivan Lesica

I think this assignment has been a major success with almost 10 000 photos submitted ! I looked trough many , many submissions over the period of time and I have to say they are brilliant and I am very impressed ! The editor will not have it easy that is for sure . Can not wait to see the published story....Congrats to all...

michael dinkens
michael dinkens

Hi I am new to the sight and think it's pretty cool. I have enjoyed looking at all the different types and styles of photography here. There alot of folk on here better than me and would your opinion's on my little ole point and shoot photo's.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Of 10,000 photos and locations, whether to use Sidereal Time (International), Universal Time (Greenwich), or Eastern Standard Time (Washington)?  Gary

Rujuta R.
Rujuta R.

Hi ,

I would like to get feedbacks on my photographs. Kindly chk out the profile.

Thanks in Advance.

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

Hi again all  I just added to my gallery and would love it if you'd take a look. Keep shooting and have lots of fun.

Samantha Jane Eaton
Samantha Jane Eaton

Hello! I'm new to the site and really love it.  I would love to get some feedback on my uploaded photos so far. Please visit my profile, much appreciated

abhinav mohan
abhinav mohan

its nice platform to share and observe different ways We express ourselves, think and come-up with a given subject -"catch the light" , its really encouraging , making us re-live those moments we cherish and peep into different ways WE  all "catch the light ", although we cant really capture it but we momentarily get our try to catch the moment of light

regards ,  thanks for this wonderful plat form NatGeo! dr.abhinav

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

WOW.  One day left then the waiting begins.  I just love the stories.  Already looking forward to next assignment.

Ellena Pfeffer
Ellena Pfeffer

So quick Q for ya'll, If you get picked for an Assignment, are you published in the magazine?

Suman Acharya
Suman Acharya

hello Editors/Moderators,

now thumbnails shows only part of a photo (by cropping it) - can you please find a way to not crop our photos for thumbnails, i think it impacts the attraction and viewing appeal as well ....

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