Shooting Challenge: Free-For-All

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It's almost a sure thing that you're leaving early from work today to take a long weekend. So I'm not going to saddle you with photography homework, but I do ask that you pull out that camera and photograph something.

The Challenge

Six months ago, we had our first Shooting Challenge Free-For-All and the results were fantastic. For the holiday weekend, we're doing it again. Photograph anything you'd like any way you'd like. Show us what you've got.


The Method

Sometimes, when you're free to do anything, the first thing you do is nothing. But I urge you to photograph without a specific assignment. Need inspiration? Go through the Shooting Challenge archives. Feel free to try or retry any technique, just like Austin Gohn did for our lead shot. In fact, if you can't think of an idea, just emulate an old challenge. Problem solved.

Shooting Challenges are meant to, well, challenge you, to force you to master the craft. But ultimately, it's your voice that separates your Canon T2i or iPhone 4 from the next guy's. So consider all the limitations lifted for this week. Go nuts.


The Rules - READ THESE

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

Send your best photo by Monday, November 29th at 8AM Eastern to with "FFA" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFFA.jpg (800px wide) and FirstnameLastnameFFAWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

Have extra time with your camera? Document your family Thanksgiving on my site Life, Panoramic by submitting an 8-12 photo collection or just emailing a single photo with description to


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