with our photography locked-down challenges (PLD)
Want 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'
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?
- Enter your details in the form below so we can notify you of each challenge tutorial and live judging / feedback event
- Upload one (1) image to the relevant challenge album in the Photography Locked Down Facebook group and include the challenge # in the description
- A small voluntary donation to support running costs is greatly appreciated by everyone
Current Challenge Theme: 'Passion'
Entries must be shot for challenge - archive images are not allowed.
Closes: 08.08.21 @ 11:59pm [UK Time]
Live Feedback: 12.08.21 @ 7:00PM [UK Time]
Shoot a photo before the closing date of something or someone you’re passionate about. What is your passion? What does passion mean to you? What are you passionate about? What are the passions of the people around you?
It could be an image of something you’re personally passionate about. Or a group of people being passionate about something important to them. Maybe demonstrators on a march, the excitement of a golfer who’s just got a hole in one. A beautiful plate of food or the delight on the face of the person cooking or eating it. The passion between lovers… The tranquility of a fisherman beside the river...
The brief is loose and open to your interpretation so the subject is up to you.
Try not to be obvious or repetitive. For example, sunsets are indeed beautiful things, but ask yourself how many photos of sunsets / sunrises do we see? A lot, so if you choose something similar it needs to be powerful and have that special ‘something’ about it.
Here are a few things I’m passionate about….
- Travelling in diverse cultures
- The weather and how insignificant we are
- My 1950 BSA motorcycle
- Morning coffee
- Abandoned places
- The little houses dotted around the coast where I live
⬆️ Examples & Ideas ⬆️
Technical: Strive to make the exposure perfect for the subject. Just because the camera’s light meter says it’s ‘right’ doesn’t mean it’s what you want. Maybe you want it darker or brighter.
Help a viewer know where to look by considering things like light, depth of field and composition - and unless you are purposely adding movement blur to help with your interpretation - your image should be sharp where you need it to be. Maybe that's throughout - maybe just a single point...
The more you can bring creative ideas and technical ability together the more engaging your images will be.
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!
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?
How It Works
- ONE entry per person - Include the weekly #hashtag in the text field
- 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.
- No archive images. Entries must be taken specifically for each challenge
Judging and feedback sessions are Live on Youtube. Dates and time are published with the challenge theme, it's usually 19.00pm [UK Time] alternate Thursday evenings. Links are posted in the Facebook group or simply visit My Youtube Channel where recordings are archived if you can't make the live event.
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 get to choose any one of my individual online courses (In Full Focus package not included)
- Runners Up receive a free place on one of my sell-out webinars
Please Help By Sharing PLD...
With your photography friends everywhere. Please use this link and the # below it.