A Visual Diary: On August 1, 2019, I...
THE PROMPT FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS SIMPLE: SHARE YOUR THREE BEST PHOTOS TAKEN ON AUGUST 1, 2019. If your submission does NOT meet this one assignment criteria, you will NOT be selected for the final story. Deadline is August 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
After seeing the tremendous effort from Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson in her positive engagement with the community in my “A Visual Diary: June 2019” and “A Visual Diary: On July 1, 2019, I…” assignments, I invited her to guest edit this assignment with me. Because if I was a Your Shot community member, she would be the type of peer I would be inspired by — I wanted to give her an opportunity to lead, because I believe in Stephanie Thomson.
From Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson: “What I love about Your Shot is the opportunity to learn. As a community member, I get to be in charge of my own learning by engaging with other photographers. Though I am not in a classroom, looking at images and providing feedback allows me to understand what makes a powerful photograph. The consistent viewing of images alone is like reading a textbook — I love studying the nuances of a photo that catches my eye and then reflecting on why I like that image. In doing so, I notice light, composition, texture, shadows, dynamic range, tone, and the emotional quality all of these elements create to make an amazing photograph. Once I've done my studying, I'm ready to go out and be creative with my camera in hand. It's because of this community that I'm able to be an engaged learner with my own art. This is why I treasure these monthly visual diary assignments — they push all of us to get out there and become amazing photographic storytellers. Each of these assignments is an opportunity to grow and learn.
Though I am in the infancy of where my photography is taking me, I know that wherever it leads me, it will require more hard work, as well as the joys and pitfalls of the learning process. But, I'm confident that if I continue to follow my gut while pushing myself to learn as I have in the past, I will be on the path I'm supposed to be on. In the meantime, my camera will be at my side, and I will practice and continue learning every technique I can, so that when moments and opportunities present themselves, I'll be ready.”
To reward those that follow the prompt of the assignment, one community member published in the final story will receive a portfolio review. I will use one of two ways to verify the date your photo was taken:
1. In the photo details section, the “Date Taken” field reveals your submitted image was made on August 1, 2019.
2. If the “Date Taken” field does not appear in your photo details section, your submitted image must also include the following language in your caption: This photo was taken on (EXACT DATE – month, day, year) in (CITY, COUNTRY). By including this language in your caption, I am trusting that the photo was taken on the date you write.
Follow Stephanie Thomson to see her favorites from this assignment, this is where I’ll be curating my Editor’s Favorites from.
David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Thank you for your contributions!
Editor's Update from Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson
Hi Everyone! —
I wanted to let all of you know that it's been a pleasure to see what we were all doing on August 1. Going through the editing process has given me new insight on what differentiates a good image from a great image. Good images remind me of giving a student a B grade - they're proficient, and they've met the standards. Great images remind me of giving a student an A grade. "A" in my class means advanced, and the great images are truly advanced in that they go beyond the standards. These photographs immediately stand out - they make me gasp, giggle, say "wow", say "awww," or they make me curious. These images make me want to read the story behind it, which is why captions are so important.
This is all forcing me to take a hard look at my own photos, and where I want to focus my work. I'm being more meticulous about who, what, when, where, and why I click the shutter, so that I can submit "A" images to assignments. I'm sharing this to encourage all of you to look at as many photos as possible to help yourself make the jump from the B to the A - from good to great. If you haven't already, carefully go through the Editor's Favorites and images that have yet to be favorited. Ask yourself which photo is good and which is great. Read the featured comments, and then make comments of your own on the photos you feel are great, analyzing and articulating why it is "A" work; this is a wonderful way to simultaneously support yourself and your peers. When you're done commenting and staring at your screen, go out and mimic what you've analyzed in the "A" images to create your own art. Together, by consistently evaluating and commenting, we can help one another be "A" students.
If you would like more details about commenting on the photos of your peers, please see my post from August 6, 2019 under my introduction on the Your Shot discussion board.
Your Shot photographer and guest editor of "A Visual Diary: On August 1, 2019, I..." assignment