FinalGear Photo Assignment #22 - "MANUALEMBER"


Hormone Induced
Jun 21, 2005
Alberta, Canada
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
Theme: Manualember

What? You say you don't know what a Manualember is? Well, I'll tell you!

For the months of November and December, the assignment is open. Any topic, any subject, your call. The catch is that photos submitted for the contest must have been taken in FULL MANUAL mode. That's right, the thingy on the dial labeled M! The manualish modes P,A, and S don't count. And, to make things harder, manual focus is also required. And I WILL be checking EXIF.

In the interests of fairness and not excluding anyone, if your camera lacks manual controls, this is pretty much just an open topic for you and I will not exclude your entries.

Timeframe: Your entry must be emailed to on or before midnight Mountain Time, December 31st, 2009.
Prize: Bragging rights, and a position in the Winners' Gallery!

Restrictions: Please follow the following restrictions in order to submit an eligible entry.

- Your image must be a maximum of 1000 pixels (height or width), and a minimum of 500 pixels (height or width).
- Your submission email should have the title of the image and "Contest #22" in the subject. Please title your images, as the poll must have some way to distinguish between them - I don't want half the vote options to be "Untitled."
- Also, when you email your submission, make sure you include your FinalGear screen name so I know who's submitting what!
- Only one submission per user. Please do not create multiple accounts to submit more images, as it is 1) unethical, and 2) statistically reduces your chance of winning anyway.
- Your image must NOT contain any borders or signatures or anything to identify the photo as your own. The images will be stripped of EXIF data as to make the vote 100% anonymous. Please do not mention which photo is yours, and please do not post that image anywhere until the contest is over.
- Your image must have been taken after the contest has started, I will not accept old photos that happen to match the subject. This contest is designed to promote creativity, not find out who has the biggest backlog of good photos.
- Your image may be altered in whatever imaging software you choose, without actually altering the content of the photograph. (i.e. you can alter the curves as much as you want, but you can't paste in David Hasselhoff.) Editing out distracting non-content objects such as power lines is also acceptable.
- Please keep the submissions tasteful and without gore/nudity. I like nude photography as much as the next guy, but this is a public forum. Don't submit anything you wouldn't put up in a public area.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the rules of the FinalGear contests, please voice them in the appropriate forum, or in this thread if you want.

When submitting your image, feel free to suggest a topic for the next contest!

Good luck, and have fun!
No reason why to use full M in every day photography. Only when you have full control of the lighting is it advisable.

And BCS's challenges.
Hmmmm....been using full manual for a while. I will just have to use manual focus.
Pfft, whatever, that's what cameras have light meters for. Set aperture/iso, constantly fiddle with shutter speed until your camera tells you urright. It's just like aperture priority! Also the classic sports photography method of manually focussing to some point and then waiting for the subject to enter said point works great for action (in my case, dogs chasing each other at lightning speed)

But if I use my S3... I only ever use manual with that. WYSIWYG, bitches!
Guess I'll have to pick up my trusty old OM Zuiko 100 so I won't cheat.. the manual part shouldn't present much problems.. :p

M for everyday is the only way to ensure your exposure is what you want. Every single matrix metering tech I've tried gets it wrong from time to time. Use manual, use spot, guess, win. :p
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And if you do an HDR, if you used some failprogram that kills EXIF just open (one of) the original shot(s) and copy paste your radioactive mutant over it.

Everything outside is sea of grey now and the moon is dark right now.... can't do anything for a while it seems...
Even if you save for web, you have the option to save meta data (at least in CS4).
If you open it with Lightroom and export as jpeg, exif will be saved.
If you open it with ACR and save immediately, exif will be saved.
If you open it with ACR, continue to Photoshop, save as jpeg, exif will be saved.
If you open it with ACR, continue to Photoshop, save for web and devices, tick Save Meta Data, exif will be saved.

If he's using anything else, he's a loon.
I think I took my picture a couple hours ago, we'll see how it comes out.
Manual everything, getting the focus was a bit tricky.