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This month’s LIoP Challenge: A Stranger

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Briefing

Taking an image of a stranger or being a stranger in a particular place or community even in your hometown can allow you to have fresh perspective but in the beginning it may take courage on your part if you are new to photographing.

Some photographers argue that it feels like taking if you don’t ask permission while others feel completely content to capture the moment and that by asking permission ruins that moment. Whatever you do, just smile, be confident (or try and act it) and have fun. And you never know, you may just meet a new friend or client!

First suggestion is to know your rights as a photographer especially in the particular country you are in. THE RULES DO CHANGE.

But universally there are some things that can work for you:

– Smile
– Explain why you want to take the image
– Offer to email the image
– Add a truthful compliment
– Show the person the images you take
– Photograph on your own
– Different language – universal pointing
– Follow rule of thirds or place person in the middle
– Research styles

You will be surprised how many people’s day you will make by asking them to pose for you.

Write a short caption that describes why you have photographed this particular moment, what it means to you and why you have photographed it in this specific way.

To be shot and submitted between 1 – 28 February 2017. Submission deadline is 28 February 2017 23:59 UK Time. The winner will be announced on 5 March 2017 together with the theme of new the challenge.

The winner of the January 2017 LIoP Challenge is Eliza Gagala:
This is a super portrait. It would be difficult to respond quickly without missing the moment. The composition is strong giving space for us to know what you want to tell us. The gaze from the lion is perfectly lined up with the man, giving us a great story and humour.

Tips and Inspirations:

Beyond the Lens book
Created by the Association of Photographers (AOP), Beyond the Lens is the essential guide to rights, ethics and business practice in professional photography.
Now in its fourth edition it has been likened to ‘the bible for photographers and commissioners’ and is used by colleges/universities as part of their courses and widely used by photographers and commissioners. You can buy separate chapters and on kindle.

The Sartorialist
Founder/blogger/photographer Scott Schuman began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.

Humans of New York
Interviewing subjects including quotes and short stories of their lives.
Over the past five years, it has also expanded to feature stories from over twenty different countries.  The work is also featured in two bestselling books: Humans of New York and Humans of New York: Stories.

Submission information

– Submission deadline is 28 February 2017 23:59 UK Time
– All submitted images will be assessed on the basis of creativity, technical quality and coherence with the theme
– Save your image as JPG with 3000px on the long edge and highest image quality setting
– Submit a short 3 line text you want to publish together with your image that describes your idea
– Submissions are limited to one image per photographer and monthly challenge
– You must sign up for the LIoP Challenge in order to submit your image