Saturday, 23 July 2016

#photochallengesummer16 Sunday 24th July

Thank you to all of you who are joining in with the Summer 16 photo challenge. Sometimes I need more than 140 characters to explain the challenge and today is one of those days.

I want to challenge you to take creative photos in a particular way. Put your camera on the floor and shoot your subject in this way - don't angle your camera and in some cases e.g in a field or the garden - don't even look at what you are shooting. Yes you will get some dreadful images at first but you will surprise yourself and get some really artistic ones.

Even simple blades of grass can be effective if you shoot in this way. Break the rules, shoot into the sun, spray with water first...

This technique works well with street photography ( but you will get some strange looks), or even portraits with a difference like the one below.

What are you waiting for? get those old clothes on and lie on the floor :) J x

Friday, 15 July 2016

It's Friday

Today's quick challenge - an unposed (natural portrait) edited with #Instant app #polaroid
Here's mine

This is Amie's - @Mrs_H11

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Almost there...

For most teachers the Summer break is within touching distance - so close! I know everyone has a long list of good intentions as to what they will do in the Summer but make sure you take some time for you. To that end I'm going to post random photography challenges that will hopefully encourage you to get those cameras or phones out and look at what is around you. Nothing serious just a bit of fun!

Today is 'Shadows' - as I sat drinking my coffee this morning I noticed some lovely shadows on the ceiling - a quick walk around with my phone and I found several more.

Use a collage app - any will do - I used #Moldiv - then an art filter - I used #Prisma which applies different art styles great fun but addictive

Shadows with art filters

Give it a try and upload to twitter


Lots of photography info and challenges here remember
Learning Through a Lens

Monday, 1 February 2016

Den Building competition photograph gallery

If you look at our previous post here you can read about our competition. The photographs will be uploaded here - can't wait to see your entries

Thank you to @florasprimary for their entry below

Love the bunting and the big smiles on this one!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Den building competition

How many of you made dens when you were younger?

Judging by the response we've had to our book Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything - most of you did!

Some of you have shared your photos of recent dens - I remember using a wooden clothes horse but obviously times have changed a little - but not much.

Since so many of you have shared happy memories of dens with blankets and clothes horses, secret dens, dens in the garden ... our publishers have offered a free copy of the book to the most original den photo that you send to us.

Go on – give it a go!

You can tweet a photo using the hashtag #denbuilding2016 and tag one of us in then we can upload it here.

We would love to see what you have been building.

Send us the photos by the 29th of February 2016 and we’ll Tweet the winning den!

Love Jane @janeh271 & Cathy @cathy_cross

 This is Ella Mae - sent in by @elaronndy

 Look at how much fun children can have with a simple cardboard box.

REMEMBER dens can be for grown ups too! This one had a champagne corner! 
den building for grown ups is a link to a blog post all about how this den was made.


Enjoy your den building and don't forget to send us your photos.