Hitting the fundamentals this week, your goal for composition had you looking to shoot with the rule of thirds. A learning point for some while a bit of practice for others always is great for brushing up on your skills. While mainly landscapes we had some nicely done portraits and other shots that fit the challenge well! 

For next week’s challenge, you’ll be tackling portraits for a change of pace. Portraits, or a self-portrait, can be tricky as we’re dealing with people. Compared to some of the other subjects we can pick up errors in shooting people quite easily. It’s a harder subject but one you have to get down as eventually, you’ll have to take a photo of a person at some point. Also sorry, introverts, you can do a self-portrait.

Watch our helpful videos on this and how to get picture-perfect lighting:

As a reminder, the Lightroom Tutorial Pack has a great tutorial on basic portrait retouching when it comes to doing your editing for this week’s challenge. Also one of the perks for becoming a PRTV member as well. 

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

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

Toby’s Winner:

Hits all the points of interest and leads the eye nicely following the rule of thirds.

Toby’s Honorable Mentions:

Love the use of negative space to balance.


Similar to the last one, the eyes hit those power points and the cat creates negative space to balance.

Roy’s Winner:

You’re roughly breaking the foreground into ⅔’s while nicely leading up to the bridge making the last third of your frame. It’s a nice shot.

Roy’s Honorable Mentions:

Photography challenge. #prtv_ruleof3rds #oak&ash #newsdaybattleofthebands

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A nicely lit portrait and it follows the rule of thirds well. Usually holding arms like that detracts but keeping them a bit open makes for a nice friendly pose.

A great composition with a lot leading to the mountains focal point but putting that focus on the right third of your photo balances the weight nicely.

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