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with our photography locked-down challenges (PLD)

Mike Browne Xposure photography Festival Wall Of FameWant to lock down your creativity? Cameras are wonderful pieces of tech, but they're not creative. Does your camera have great ideas or see images for you? Does it recognise beautiful qualities of light and use them appropriately, or come up with intriguing compositions? No - that's your job.

You and your creative thinking are the most important things in all photography, but you are often overlooked in favour of the latest upgrade or gadget. There's about 5 camera controls you need, everything else is you.

I'm an internationally recognised photographer and trainer with over 25 years experience. If you really want to dig deeper - Google me. Mike Browne and don't forget the 'E'

I do know my stuff - and I'm here to be your creativity coach.       Trustpilot Reviews

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What do I get?

Tutorials and creative challenges that will get you thinking outside the box, seeing more beauty in the world around you and capturing it perfectly - with any camera and at any level. Live feedback sessions on YouTube and prizes for competition winners. These are released every two weeks.

The most friendly, supportive and actively creative Facebook photography group, of all levels from complete beginner upwards.  

How much does it cost?

It's free to join in. All I ask is that if you find it valuable, please support us by making a small monthly donation to help cover admin costs. You can easily cancel if you choose to move on...




How do I join In?

  1. Enter your details in the form below so we can notify you of each challenge tutorial and live judging / feedback event
  2. Upload one (1) image to the relevant challenge album in the Photography Locked Down Facebook group and include the challenge # in the description
  3. A small voluntary donation to support running costs is greatly appreciated by everyone

Current Challenge Theme: 'Fresh'

Entries must be shot for challenge - archive images are not allowed.

  • Please add Hashtag #pldfresh and a caption in the description of your image (for example #pldfresh - fresh air)
  • Closes: 30.01.22 @ 11:59pm [UK Time]
  • Live Feedback: 03.02.22 @ 7:00PM [UK Time]

Live feedback sessions are in the Photography Locked Down Facebook group (PLD group)

The Brief:

Create an image which has an element of Freshness to it.

How you creatively interpret 'Fresh' is up to you, but the image needs to convey some element of the theme. For example, fresh food, feeling fresh, fresh air etc. 


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    ⬆️   Examples & Ideas   ⬆️

    These examples could be captioned: 1 - Fresh produce. 2 - A Bit Fresh (as in cold). 3 - Fresh air. 4 - Feeling Fresh

    Images will be judged on the following criteria... 

    • adhering to the theme
    • creative thinking
    • use of light
    • composition
    • technical (exposure, image sharpness)

    Top Tips:

    Whatever form or interpretation of Fresh you choose, be as creative as possible. The image needs to be able to stand along as an image and be interesting for the viewer. A sign saying "Fresh Bread" for example is fine, but it'll need careful composition, great light and use of camera skills for it to stand out and be interesting - rather than just a snap of a fresh bread sign. 

    Please add a "Fresh" caption (as well as the #fresh) - such as fresh produce, feeling fresh, fresh air, It's a bit Fresh (as in cold outside).

    And finally - this is NOT an easy thing to do. It’s not meant to be and I want you to know how much I admire you for taking on these challenges. You Rock!

    Challenge Intention:

    PLD Challenges are not about winning or getting a shout out. The intention is for you to give your creativity a workout and make your head hurt a bit, like muscles after a good session in the gym. It;s about practising and growing your skills because cameras don’t take interesting, engaging pictures which make a viewer stop and look - You do.

    Photography is a skill and like any skill you want to master you have to get out there and do it - a lot. How much time does a musician, sports person or chef spend trying new things, practising, getting it wrong and trying again? Photography is no different. 

    First you learn how to play your instrument (your camera), then how to make beautiful music with it (your images). If you’re struggling with any aspect of your camera skills, basic use of light and composition I can help you with my Masterclass in Photography. And if at the end of it you think I haven’t done that, I'll give you your money back. Fair enough?

    PLD feedback and my chosen favourites are Live in the PLD Facebook Group


    How It Works

    Competition Rules

    1. ONE entry per person - Include the weekly #hashtag in the text field
    2. Give your image a caption which includes the challenge title. (Fresh air, Freshly baked, Feeling fresh etc)
    3. Entries MUST be posted to designated album in the Photography Locked Down group by 23:59pm [UK Time] on the closing date of each challenge.
    4. No archive images. Entries must be taken specifically for each challenge

    Live Judging

    Judging and feedback sessions are Live in the Photography Locked Down Facebook group. Dates and time are published with the challenge theme, it's usually 19.00pm [UK Time] alternate Thursday evenings.

    Leave your email in the form at the top of THIS page and I'll send you a reminder and other good stuff so you don't miss anything.


    winners runners up

    Click here to see all previous Live Judging & Feedback Videos

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