When shooting the solar eclipse, Chris recommends stacking ND filters and never look directly at the sun. Leo says that BMWMRC is the one he uses. Chris says that's one of the best. It's German, so of course!
Chris also just had one of his top photo seminars, a week long workshop on photography and he decided that we could join in too with a list of great projects to try and practice with:
1) Shoot the mundane. Find something boring around the house and try and make it interesting in a picture.
2) Shoot through things.
3) Move your flash off the camera
4) Take the wrong lens for the job - It'll force you to break out of your preconceptions.
5) Freeze objects in water and take pictures of them
And here's a sixth: Try the 50 by 50 by 50 project. 50 pictures, 50 consecutive days, with a 50mm lens (the nifty 50). Then put the results in a photo book and give it to someone you like.
Don't forget our current assignment - JOY. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "JOY" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "JOY" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!