A Bag O’ Goodies – A DIYP Assignment Pt. 1

bog logoI am happy to bring to life the bag O’ goodies assignment here on DIYP.

Looking over the last few years, DIYP accumulated a huge bunch of tutorials, and this assignment is designed to help you make some good use of them.

Our sponsors really outdid themselves this time and the winner will literally receive a bag full of goodies.

Hit the jump for more details.

The Mission

This will be a three-part assignment. In each part you will be asked to take a picture and submit it to the contest. Here is the thing, you must use one of the techniques portrayed in DIYP to take that picture. That is kind of a broad field to play at, Creative Bokeh, Strobism, Light Painting, pinhole photography, high-speed photography and a few nifty stand alone tuts are just some of the techniques you can use. Really, anything on the site qualifies.

The theme for the first part of the assignment is food.

Images will be judged by creativity, originality, and mastering of one of the techniques discussed on DIYP.

The Sponsors

Each of the winners (one per part) will receive (as the assignment name suggests) a bag full of goodies. There are all kinds of good stuff in the bag, aimed to put you on the creative path.

We have some awesome sponsors for this contest who stepped forward to provide more than $870 worth of prizes). Our awesome sponsors are graphically introduced here:

A Lensbaby Composer from Lensbaby(valued @ $270), This is a cool little gadget, see my review here.


A StreetWalker from Thinktank (valued @ $139)


A ColorChecker Passport from X-Rite (valued @ $98.99)


A PaintShop Photo Pro X3 box from Corel (valued @ $89)


A Strobist Gel Pack from Rosco (valued @$9.95) . Those little gels are great for strobism, I have reviewd them here.


The Strobist & Chase Jarvis decks from Trade Secret Cards (valued @ $41.90)  which are great for getting you inspired.


Two boxes of Polar Pearl Paper from Red River Paper (50 sheets of 8.5×11 & 100 sheets of 5×7, valued @ $98)

Red River Paper

A Nasty Clamp from NastyClamps (valued @ $49). Those are nice little clamps to hold your flash or your point & shoot, I reviewed them here.


A Masters Edition Bokeh Masters Kit from Bokeh Masters Kit (valued @ $25), definitely the best photo gadget ever.


Vision Mongers By David duChemin from Pixelated Image (valued @ $29.69)


On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography By Neil van Niekerk from tangents’ (valued @ $23.07)

on camera

The Timeline

Each part will be two weeks long, at the end of which I will announce the winners. The food part will end on Sunday May 16th.

Since one of the objectives of this contest is to have everyone go and shoot, images shot specifically for the bag o’ goodies assignment will receive higher ranking. However, you can dig one month into your archives.

How To Enter

There will be two ways to enter (and you only need one).

The first way is to add your image to DIYP’s flickr pool, and tag it with diyp-bog-food – your picture should apear on this search. As always, DIY info has to be present in the captions. If you used a tut from DIYP, feel free to link to the tut.

The  second way (for the flickr challenged folks) is to add this image to DIYP’s facebook page. Again, the DIY info must be there alongside with the image.

Since part of the objective of this blog is to help photographers learn from each other, failure to add DIY/setup info will disqualify your image from entering the assignment.

One submission per person, flickr or facebook only.

The Fine Print

The judge for this contest will be yours truly, this is a step I am making on my quest to take over the world. Kidding. No world taking over stuff. Just judging.

Participation is forbidden for sponsors and DIYP blog owners.

I will contact the winner via flickrmail/facebookmail to take their address and some preferences that has to do with the prizes, I need a reply in 2 days. This info will be sent to the sponsors. We cover packaging and postage. You cover any customs/taxes. This assignment is open to the entire earth population.

As with any image on the Flickr pool, I will display the winners and runners up on the blog, but the photographer retains full rights to his/hers image.

If you have any questions please post them to this Flickr thread. (No need to post the actual pictures to that thread).

Good luck to all!