Shooting Challenge: Vine

Usually, we only celebrate still images in our Shooting Challenges. But what can I say, Vine is addictive, even if Jesus hates it/loves it. So for this week's challenge, I want you to make us a Vine. Any Vine.


The Challenge

Take a Vine. Make it creative.

The Technique

Now, just because you're shooting a 6-second video on a cellphone, that doesn't mean you need to throw all technique out the window. For one, grab a freaking tripod and you'll instantly be creating better work than 90% of the viners out there.

Edit together an elaborate series of scenes (here are tips for that), or just show us one remarkably composed loop (like a cinemagraph). I'm not telling you what to do. Just make it good.

And to those of you who don't have iPhones to do this—I have an idea: Just borrow someone else's for the day.


The Example

The Vine above is one that I made. It's a single shot. It's dreary. And I know you can do better. Consider the lead image, which was generated from Mark Weaver's Lego collection. His work is much better.


The Rules

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
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 the direct URL of the Vine for us.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo Vine by Monday, March 4th at 10AM Eastern to with "Vine" in the subject line. Include the direct URL to your clip's Vine page. Also include your shooting summary 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!


"And to those of you who don't have iPhones to do this—I have an idea: Just borrow someone else's for the day."