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Single tired mom of four. Lover of chocolate and coffee - not necessarily in that order. Lover of Jesus, photographer by trade, Photoshop junkie and crime TV watcher.


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Through the Lens – Challenge 1: Color

February 20, 2009

As you know it has been a very long time since I have added a photo assignment to Through the Lens: Digital Photography 101.  It was never my intention to drop the ball with the group, but as you all know, sometimes circumstances take over and life has to take priority.

Now that things are starting to normalize, it is my intention to pick up where I left off and continue with the assignments and challenges for those who are still interested.

The next assignment will be on shutter speed; however, while I continue writing that, I will be adding a photo challenge or two, to practice the skills that we have already learned.

Today’s challenge:  take a photo, or many using  - color.   It could be your favorite color, many colors, unusual combinations and designs, bright, muted, colorful buildings, signs….it’s all up to your interpretation.



The guidelines: 

  • Don’t forget to set your white balance.  You want your colors to look accurate, without any funky color casts to throw them off.

  • Check your composition.  Take many shots at different angles, then decide which you like best.

  • For this assignment we will use a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field.  Remember to watch your focal point and have your camera set to aperture priority, unless you are already using manual settings.  In which case, go for it!

  • Lastly, submit your photo by Friday, February 27th and come back here to link up to Mr. Linky once you have uploaded your finished assignment to your blog. You can also add your photos to our Flickr group.


Depth of field Review:

Aperture controls the amount of light being let through your lens and what is known as depth of field. This means, the wider your lens opening, the softer your background will be and less of your photo will be in focus. The smaller your lens opening, more of your photo will be in focus. Did you get all that? Here is an example. Do you see how the background is very blurry and soft? This was taken with a large aperture, (small f#.)


105mm – f/3 – 1/400

Photographic Inspiration:

Interestingness – This is one of my FAVORITE sites for inspiration!


Previous Assignments:

Assignment 1 – Getting to Know Your Camera

Assignment 2 – Understanding White Balance

Assignment 3 – Better Composition


You can join here: ThroughTheLens-DigitalPhotography101-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  After clicking this link, just send an email expressing your desire to join the group, or a blank email is fine also.


Digital frame by K. Pertiet



  1. Kimmie says:


    Glad you’re back up and at it…you are so talented and such a blessing.

    love you;
    mama to 7
    one homemade and 6 adopted

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

  2. Sonya says:

    Hi! I saw your post of the Homeschool Lounge Photography Buff Broup and came to visit. What amazing images you take! I aspire to be as good as you one day!

    I will definitly be back often and would love to put your site on my blog list if that’s OK with you.

    Maybe when I get brave enough I will post to Mr. Linky, too! What kind of camera do you use?

    Have a great day!

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

  3. Hallie says:

    Thank you Sonya! I think you should get brave now! Practice makes perfect.

    I use a Canon 5D.

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

  4. smarmoofus says:

    Hallie! I’m so glad you’re back! I hope everything is going well. Meanwhile, I’m really excited to get to work on the color challenge! I’ll be back to link when I’ve completed my photo.

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:49 pm

  5. DaNella Auten says:

    I am soooooo excited! I love photography! Hi, I’m DaNella by the way.

    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:28 am

  6. carrie-the gremlin wrangler says:

    here’s my post since Mr Linky has disappeared. Sneaky little devil.

    Through the Lens Assignment: Color!

    February 26th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

  7. eph2810 says:

    Great challenge, Hallie. Thank you for hosting this group.

    February 28th, 2009 at 10:57 am

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