This week you went small with textures, something requested quite a bit when we called for ideas for the scheduled challenges. Like with the horse I reposted on Instagram sometimes people forget the details and often they can be the most important, or at least your best shot of the day. You guys had some great shots this week, I like that you went large as well as macro capturing texture of buildings as well as the small things.

Your challenge for next week is flash, use your lighting equipment such as speedlight or strobes for photos specifically. Adding a bit of light on your subject always helps and it’s a good practice for your skills. Speedlights are not limited to people, you can use them for product shots or even wildlife so it’s up to you how you want to approach this challenge. Test your skills this week and share on Instagram with #PRTV_Flash.

A bit lost or starting out? Checkout this video on Mastering your Flash- The Basics on YouTube

To enter post your photos on Instagram before noon next Friday with the tags #PRTV and #PRTV_flash.

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And the team!
Toby – @Photorectoby Roy – @RoyMcKeeIII Rose –  @Randomcreativeart

Toby’s Winner:

This is texture that tells a story- I love this still life shot that just happens to have so much texture, so much history in that texture – from the weathered wood to the rusty metal -fantastic shot!

Toby’s Honorable Mentions:

Part of me want’s to hold my breath while I look at this photo – there is such subtle, fragile texture here- Love this macro!

This isn’t texture as I usually think of it but the detail and lighting here make this a very tactile photo and I can practically feel the fleshy orange through it all.

Roy’s Winner:

When it comes to shooting texture going to those macro levels can pay off for a photo. Prerana has a great shot of a jute rope that is bundled loose enough it has a lot of nice strands coming loose for detail. Shooting sidelit in this case helped a lot as it puts a lot of contrast on the subject.

Roy’s Honorable Mentions:

Looking up #mossy #oaktree #bokeh #prtv_textures #prtv #mossyforest #mossyoak #textures #green #fluorescent #forest

A photo posted by Jane Glover (@angry_runner) on

The favored angles of one of my friends when it comes to trees this is always a great angle for getting that texture of the bark or moss with a nice bokeh. Keeping your focus point nice and close works great as it pushes the bokeh further giving your photo a long transition to the background.

Being the season for it the weather makes a good time for shooting frost and snowflakes like this great shot from Tonya. Getting down to super macro levels you can get the detail in snowflakes getting to that point you can see the formation and texture of the crystals.

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 The Stars above Vis Harbor. I loved the town of Vis and the island of Vis - lovely quiet little place off the coast of Croatia. See more of it including an animation of this star stacking AND one angry hooded crow that really wanted to take out my drone! Captured with the #GH5 and 12-60 f/2.8-4 Lens | 41 exposures of 60 seconds in length - done in camera - the GH5 allows up to 60 second shutter speeds. Nifty!
 Trailer park girls be like… Part of the Sony set for shooting last week at #SonyKandotrip Thanks to @artbyadelaide for being awesome. Captured with the #Sony #a9 and #2470Gmaster
 Sony has announced two new lenses and I have had early access to both, shooting on an a7RII and a9 and have sample photos and thoughts on the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra Wide-angle. Watch by clicking on through my profile link or visiting

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