Hi there and welcome back for Week 23 of the 2018 Photography Challenge! This week explores the concept of No Peeking and First Look Photos.

No Peeking

Shoot as if you were using a film camera. That means that you will not look at the photographs you’ve taken until they are downloaded on your computer.

The challenges for each week are also divided into categories.

The category for this week is…


This category is designed to push you to go beyond sight, to insight; to take inspiration and make it a reality. Vision exists in your imagination and is revealed your photographs; expressing something otherwise invisible. Developing a Vision for your work is showing to others what you see in your mind’s eye.

No Peeking and First Look Photo Technique

While the concept of the first look is generally applied to a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time before the wedding ceremony, the idea behind this week’s photo challenge explores shooting photos without looking at them on the digital screen of the camera.

When film photography was the only option, photographers would shoot a photo with their film camera and have no idea how the photo turned out until they took them in to be processed.

With film rolls allowing for a small number of photos to be shot at a time alongside the cost of purchasing rolls of film, photographers would have to be sparing in their shots and hope for the best regarding if they turned out well or not.

The world of digital photography has come a long way, especially as we have the option to look at the photos saved on the SD cards directly on the screen of our DSLR’s, allowing for more reshoots if we didn’t get the settings/focus right on the first or second shot.

Thoughts On The No Peeking Challenge

2018 Photography Challenge: No Peeking and First Look Photo 2

Last weekend I had the opportunity to shoot some beautiful nature/landscape photos while vacationing in Northern Michigan! While I didn’t perform this challenge for all of my photos, I did hold off on looking at my landscape long-exposure shots until I got home.

I was able to take some amazing pictures, but one issue I discovered was that for my photos that had high F-stops and longer exposures, black specks and dots marred the entire image, making for a very displeased photographer considering how great the shots turned out otherwise.

Shooting like this made me appreciate the capabilities we now have with DSLR’s, considering I’ve never used a camera that required film.

My photographer friend dabbled in film photos, only to grow frustrated when her settings weren’t set up properly or the composition was off-center compared to the viewfinder. The frustration mounted when she lost an entire film roll to light exposure after a failed attempt to seal it after shooting around for three months with her film camera.

2018 Photo Challenge Edits

For a few of the landscape shots I performed quite a few color edits that really enhanced the photos. If you haven’t checked out my photo challenge video, here are the photo edits that I made:

  • Contrast: +30
  • Highlights: -30
  • Shadows: +30
  • Whites: -30
  • Blacks: +30
  • Clarity: +50
  • Vibrance: +50
  • Saturation: +50
  • Point Curve: Medium Contrast
  • Red Hue: +100
  • Orange Hue: -47
  • Green Hue: +100
  • Orange Saturation: +42
  • Aqua Saturation: +40
  • Blue Saturation: +80
  • Red Luminance: -100
  • Orange Luminance: +11
  • Green Luminance: -100
  • Aqua Luminance: -100
  • Blue Luminance: -62

In that tip video I also explored some photo manipulation that I performed using the Spot Healing Brush Tool to remove the unwanted black specks that formed from dust compromising my camera. The Spot Healing Brush Tool is awesome in that it approximates colors and luminance based on the data from a sample spot, so all I had to do was increase the radius of the tool and drag to remove those blemishes without detracting from the image.

The coloration of the photo made this a simple task, as everything blends into one another without any defined edges to diminish the effects of the tool.

No Peeking and First Look Photo Technique Recap

What did you think of this week’s photography challenge? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out last week’s photo challenge where I explored the concept of figurative door photography and next week’s high contrast photography challenge.

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