Category: Challenges & Contests

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City & Street in 24-frames Reverse Challenge

We asked you in the Plus community to choose a reverse photo challenge mission for Blake and I this month and we were blown away by how many great suggestions you came back with. Again and again we heard a couple of themes pop up. Lots of you wanted to see us work with a limited number of frames. Still another group wanted us to focus on street or city photography. Blake and I got together and decided to combine these two great ideas into the City & Street in 24 Frames Reverse Photo Challenge.

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August Reverse Photo Challenge: Help Set Hudson & Blake’s Mission

Happy August everyone! Blake is our guest coach this month and he has graciously agreed to take on a reverse photo challenge with me. What is a reverse photo challenge? Well, most months we coaches set a photographic challenge for you guys to submit images on a specific theme. In a reverse challenge we turn that on its head and you get to send us on an assignment instead. That’s right, you as a community can challenge us to accomplish some photographic mission and we will each go out and tackle it while creating videos about the process and results. This is the call for you to submit those ideas for the challenge. Anything goes within the realm of the reasonable. Below are a few simple ground rules:

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Long Exposure Challenge (Win Cash & Filters)

Let’s see your absolute best long exposure image. My friends at Hoya have been kind enough to sponsor this challenge by providing Solas 3.0 (10-stop) infra-red-neutral-density filters to the first, second, and third place winners. First place will also receive $150 in cash, while second gets $100. Matt and I will select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Long Exposure Challenge video we will produce at the end of the month. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on working with long exposures from both Matt and me.

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May Storytelling Photo Challenge Winners

Wow, Colby and I had a tough job choosing the winners for this month’s Storytelling Photo Challenge. What a great bunch of submissions. Seriously! In this video Colby and I choose the cash prize winners. Huge congratulations to James and Kathy. We also highlight some images from the gallery that we agreed deserved attention and/or provided teachable moments to discuss. If you haven’t checked out this gallery, then you really should.

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Storytelling Photo Challenge (Cash Prizes)

We have such a cool challenge for you this month. We’re looking for your best image that tells a story. It can be a street-scene, wildlife photograph, portrait, macro, still life, sports-action, landscape, or any other genre you can think of. You can process the heck out of it, or stay true to life. What we are looking for are compelling images that have a story to tell.  First place will receive $300 in cash while second and third will each receive $100.

We’re fortunate to have one of my favorite visual storytellers Colby Brown guest coaching this month. Colby will help me select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Storytelling Challenge video we make together at the end of the month. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on visual storytelling from both Colby and me. Submission rules are below.

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Water Reflections Photo Contest Winners!

Wow you guys really knocked it out of the park on this challenge. Scott and I did not have an easy time choosing winners from all of these awesome entrants. The whole gallery was filled with great work throughout. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and huge congrats to our winners.

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Water Reflections Challenge (Win Cash and Filters)

Lets see some water reflection images for this challenge. My friends at Hoya have been kind enough to sponsor this challenge by providing HD3 Circular Polarizers to the first and second place winners. First place will also receive $200 in cash. We’re fortunate to have the water photography master Scott Davenport guest coaching this month and he’ll help me select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Reflection Challenge video we produce at the end of the month. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on working with reflections from both Scott and me.

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Part II: Editing the Reverse Backyard Challenge Shoot

Hi all! I’ve put together a couple of videos for my Backyard Photo Challenge. This was the one where the ON1 Plus Community challenged Hudson and I to go out in our own backyards and look at it in a different way. Watch me edit the photos I took from this shoot!

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Part I: Scouting for the Backyard Reverse Photo Challenge (Plus Sneak Peek)

Hi all! I’ve put together a couple of videos for my Backyard Photo Challenge. This was the one where the ON1 Plus Community challenged Hudson and I to go out in our own backyards and look at it in a different way. Watch me scout for a good photo in my backyard!

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Backyard Reverse Photo Challenge

OK, this was so tricky of you guys. Ask me to create an image in my backyard during an Oregon winter, and a really wet and snowy Oregon winter at that? Everything is soggy, dead, dirty and gross looking. If I try and do a spring cleaning and landscaping for this challenge, then more February and March storms will just ruin my hard work.

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Still Life Photo Challenge Winners Video

You guys did not make it easy for Blake and me to judge this challenge. What a great gallery of submissions. Congratulations to the winners and a huge thanks to the entire Plus community for making this such a fun challenge.

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Reverse Photo Challenge: Vote to Choose Matt & Hudson’s Mission

Backyard Challenge Prevails

Results are in and Idea 2 The Backyard Challenge was a narrow winner.

Thanks everyone for registering your choice. We’ll set to work visualizing something near our doors in a different way and bring you videos about the process.

That’s right. We’re asking you, the Plus Community, to challenge us once again. This is where you give Matt and I a mission and we each set out to accomplish it while creating a video to show you the process.  Some of you may remember last year’s reverse Noonday Challenge. The one where you guys overwhelming voted to send Matt and I out creating images in the worst light of the day. It was a sort of uproarious revolt against our advice in critique sessions and the galleries for all of you to work in better light. (Matt’s High Noon Challenge video / my High Noon Challenge video). It’s a new year and we’re excited to have you challenge us again. Vote for your favorite mission below by February 2nd.

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Still Life Photo Challenge (Cash Prizes)

Challenge Winners Video Included

To get ON1 Plus 2017 off to a fun start, Blake and I decided to set this challenge for you guys. Each Plus community member was invited to prepare one new still life image to submit. We went through them and selected a winner, runner up and honorable mentions. First place won  $350. Second place received $150.

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Video: Light Challenge Recap with Hudson and Matt (and winners!)

Hi all. First off, great job on the light challenge from last week. There were some amazing photos. Some of the best we’ve seen yet. And it was so cool to see that so many of you really got out there and understood light to a great degree than you had before the challenge.

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Light Challenge Tips for Editing Your Photos

Since we’re still in the midst of the Lighting challenge, I thought I’d give you a few tips on editing photos where the light didn’t cooperate. Keep in mind, the lighting challenge is really about you finding good light, and not necessarily editing the photo to make it good. But in the future, hopefully these tips come in handy.

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