“Interaction” Contest – Now Closed

Our July Contest is now closed. We have just one entry this month. Thanks for sharing Hunter!  I guess we’re all so busy with fun summer interactions that we’ve been forgetting to get our cameras out.

"Feline Affection" By Hunter Pfaff

“Feline Affection” By Hunter Pfaff

Want to submit a photo to our July Calendar Challenge? You have until Thursday at midnight. No post needed – see the calendar page for details. What’s the theme? You can submit whatever you think would look fantastic in our 2015 calendar.


Tips On Capturing Interaction!

To me, “Interaction” is an intriguing theme for this contest. By definition, the topic almost forces you to tell a story with your photograph.One of the many things that come into my mind is the great photojournalist who would place himself in area where the lighting was perfect, the scene fitting for his story, and the leading lines in the scene thought out and arranged ahead of time. The photographer would then wait until his subjects came into his camera frame into the exact spot he had pre-visualized them to go and then take the picture. The resulting photograph would look like it just “happened”. The interaction would be spontaneous, not forced or posed.

People often are amazed that their candid snapshots of life around them don’t turn out like the pictures from these photojournalists. How can those photographers get so lucky as to capture such a special moment in the perfect scene with the perfect lighting to boot? The point is that they aren’t lucky. They ponder, plan, prepare, and then pounce when everything comes together as planned.

This week, consider what events or ideas you want to capture to convey the word “interaction”, and then think about what lighting would best complement your subject(s). Go over the string of events likely to happen and position yourself in the scene so as to best create a stunning photograph. Of course, you can “help” things to happen so as to get the photograph you have in mind!! The point is to practice pre-visualizing what you want and then go through the steps to get that shot.

It doesn’t matter who or what your subject is. These ideas apply to anything (that I can think of right now!).

This is an exciting hunt! Once you prepare, you never know what may happen. Life never goes exactly as planned. Be flexible and adapt! You may come away with a photograph  better than any you had planned for in the first place. But, by planning ahead, you will be in the right place at the right time! Magic can happen! The moments of interaction you capture will be more than just snapshots. It will be a piece of art worth studying.

One more thing. You don’t have to tell the whole story. You can leave questions that the viewer must answer himself. Often, the most memorable photos are the ones that leave you thinking long after you first see the image. They make you wonder and come back again to try to decipher what the outcome was.

What story of interaction will you tell?

Just a few ideas to get you started….

Most of the following links don’t follow all the tips I listed above as in they may not all have the best lighting, etc. You can, however, use them as a spring board to jump start your creative juices!

People interacting with their environment:


People interacting with objects:



Animals interacting with eachother:



People interacting with eachother:



Definition: Interaction
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Interaction is a kind of action that occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. The idea of a two-way effect is essential in the concept of interaction, as opposed to a one-way causal effect. A closely related term is interconnectivity, which deals with the interactions of interactions within systems: combinations of many simple interactions can lead to surprising emergent phenomena. Interaction has different tailored meanings in various sciences. Changes can also involve interaction.

Casual examples of interaction outside of science include:

  • Communication of any sort, for example two or more people talking to each other, or communication among groups, organizations, nations or states: trade, migration, foreign relations, transportation,
  • The feedback during the operation of machines such as a computer or tool, for example the interaction between a driver and the position of his or her car on the road: by steering the driver influences this position, by observation this information returns to the driver.