While the winter wind is still howling outside, we think of a burning fireplace, a beautiful warm light, families cuddling together in front of the TV or playing a game, lovers taking an intimate dinner, or a noisy family meeting - in Italian style - at the dining table, children listening to the stories of their grandparents.
All those things that bring us back to the family values
and to the definition of feeling at home; whether it is an old style home with heavy ornaments or a modern home decorated in the minimalist style, that is what we need you to catch on the photographic medium this time. Show us your house during a regular day, but make sure your setup is great: flowers in the vase, dust wiped, TV off, curtains allowing the light to draw interesting patterns and soft shadows on the furniture. And don't forget, the light and the angle can make and ordinary image beautiful.
And a few tips from us:
- use the daylight when taking images of your home. It's always softer and colors will be more beautiful
- we'd love to see modern homes, clean, with very little furniture, minimalist style
- we won't say no to old homes with massive wood furniture, it's always something we like
- show your families in their happy moments, but also in sad moments when the warmth of your homes comforts them and gives hope
- even the dog and the cat are part of the family
- bring on the neighbours, a happy party on your birthday gives color to your home
- last but not least, your original and "warm" ideas are expected with great interest.
Quoted Message: Great topic! Looks like I'm going to have to clean the house though (I have a problem with vertical surfaces).
I think it was Quentin Crisp who said there was no point dusting as once a layer of dust has settled it never looks any worse. I'm with him! Although, he also said he never washed dinner plates as he enjoyed the surprising taste combinations that could be had from combining the residue of so many meals... eeewww!
Like Ioana said, try to find those elements which give you feeling of "home sweet home", detailed obtained with a short aperture 1.2,1.4,1.8,2.0 of some elements like enjoying a hot cocoa in your favorite chair. Try to see your house from another perspective. Try to focus also in feelings not just in objects.
I'm new and confused... your assignment talks about "warm" "cozy" "fire" "dinner for two" "shadows" "sunlight" etc. while not excluding the minimalist modern look also stated.
but most of the shots approved so far are all in cool white and blue tones, none of which are any of the above? (in my opinion) All lovely shots that I can only aspire to someday.
As a designer and artist, those things mentioned above in the first paragraph speak of warm colours? reds, browns, golds.
I am not complaining, nor do I expect to have an approval on my first crack at assignments but I uploaded some shots with the sun streaming in a huge window into a very gold brown tone "grandma" type room, and they were rejected stating the lighting was poor? If I would have "glowed up the room with lighting", the whole warm thing would have been obliterated. I thought there was lots of sunlight happening with the shadows etc.
Once again, I am not complaining, just trying to learn what you are looking for. So warm is ok, so long as it is bright and light?
Please don't read any tone into my post as it is not meant that way. I really don't understand and am not trying to be rude. Maybe I've been living in the country too long or the lingo here is a new language that I need learn how to interpert.
Nikon D300, Nikor 18-200 VR and a whole pile of stuff
Sugar, your post was not at all rude. You made yourself very clear, and I can see why you are confused. The guidelines for the assignment are simply guidelines. Dreamstimes wants to motivate photographers to expand their skills and imagination, not limit them.
This can be a difficult assignment because we're dealing with natural light coming into rooms where the light isn't going to reach all parts of it equally. It is one thing to set up lights and a backdrop for working with models to get even lighting, but how do you do that with a room? If you took meter readings around a room you're likely to get a lot of different readings, yet you have to somehow balance the light of your photograph while giving it visual impact. Are you beginning to see how this is a challenge and will help you grow as a photographer? How do you capture the natural light, but not lose everything in the shadows? How do you bring out the shadow areas without losing the beautiful lighting?
This is an assignment where working with RAW will boost your skills. If your submission was rejected you have nothing to lose. Play with that photograph in RAW and have some fun. You'll learn a lot, and you just might end up with a photograph in your portfolio that is very popular and downloaded often.
Edited to add that Home Sweet Home goes beyond four walls and some doors, and it's not limited to just humans:-)