Hi there and welcome back to Week 17 of the 52 Photo Challenge! This week’s theme explores photography humor.
Laughter is the best medicine. Make us laugh
The challenges for each week are also divided into categories.
The category for this week is…
When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other categories, the idea of this category is to let your artistic impression shine.
How To Add Humor To Your Photos
The biggest challenge with shooting humorous photos is that we all have different ideas of what constitutes as funny. There isn’t a composition rule to follow, but shooting subjects from below can add a bit of humor to your photo. Using wide angle lenses up close can also distort faces, which can lend a modicum of humor to your image.
Being two-dimensional also allows for a bit more creativity in the way your subjects are positioned, whether it’s making them look like they’re throwing the sun or kissing a statue. Adding props can spark some humor, or using juxtaposition as a contrast between two different subjects like a great dane standing next to a pomeranian dog.
Accidental funny is another route to take in the case of photo bombs where the unexpected can lend some humor to a photo. There’s many different routes to take, which is where a little creativity goes a long way!
Photography Humor Prompt
Unlike previous posts, this photo challenge doesn’t have any techniques or technical know-how behind the scenes. This week proved quite challenging in trying to come up with something humorous to shoot. I tried to take photos of the African Dwarf Frogs in my fish tank because they’re incredibly uncoordinated when they swim and pose in the most awkward positions. Unfortunately they were uncooperative for this week’s shoot and I couldn’t get a clear photo that didn’t make them look majestic.
My next shot involved one of my dogs; he’s quite expressive and has the goofiest faces when begging for treats or wanting to go outside. He wasn’t cooperative either and every photo I shot turned out blurry.
Always quick to the rescue my cat proved to be the star of this photo challenge. I had a helping hand to feed him treats while I snapped a few photos and I accidentally caught him in between facial expressions as he was about to take the treat from my assistant’s hand.
He looks revolted at what my assistant is trying to feed him, which I found to be funny in comparison to how he normally looks, or he looks like he’s about to bite the hand that feeds him, which is also funny in a poetic sort of way. It isn’t quite what I was looking for in this week’s challenge, but it’ll do in a pinch.
Humor Photography Edits
If you haven’t check out the video already, below are the edits I made for this week’s photo:
- Tint: +10
- Exposure: +0.30
- Highlights: +30
- Shadows: -30
- Whites: +30
- Blacks: -15
- Clarity: +30
- Vibrance: +25
- Saturation: +15
- Yellow Saturation: -100
- Red Luminance: +5
- Orange Luminance: +46
- Yellow Luminance: +15
Photography Humor Recap
What did you think of this week’s challenge? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below and be sure to share on social media if you think anyone else would be interested in following the weekly photography challenge! If you haven’t already, check out last week’s prompt on Rembrandt Portrait Lighting and next week’s photos of New Mexico and Colorado.
Photography Equipment that I Use
Here are some links for the vlogging equipment I used in the photo challenge for this week:
White Backdrop Curtain: https://amzn.to/2k1L2ds
Neewer Photography Light Stand: https://amzn.to/2GpKXZS
Neewer Video Photography Lighting Kit: https://amzn.to/2rMYshB
Pentax 50mm Prime Lens: https://amzn.to/2GkrAkB
Pentax K-50 Camera Body: https://amzn.to/2IjPUJj