Well I did it, I got all my images ready and changed them to the right size. I even read the terms and conditions. A good thing to do when you are entering a competition. I am so proud of myself.
If you are interested in entering competitions then there is a website that is apparently very good for finding them, and they help narrow down the right ones for you. The site is called Photo Contest Insider.
The image with this post is one of the ones I entered.
Only one left to get your images in for the Monochrome Madness challenge this week.
Here are the details if you would like to send me an image for this week.
Now, if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-
You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is email@example.com
The image size should be as small as it can be, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version. If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.
Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link. We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it.
Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer. I respect your copyright and would never keep any of the images.
This morning I went out early to see if I could get a sunrise, I have written a post about this already, Weekend Wanderings – Sunrise Over the Flats, but I thought I might talk about how to take sunrise and sunset photos so you get the colours of what you are actually seeing.
If you look at this image, taken with my phone and processed with Instagram you can see great colours in the water, but not in the sky. The colours were there in the sky, but they didn’t come out. Sometimes phones and compact cameras can capture great sunsets and sunrises, but I often find it difficult with my DSLR.
I used to go out and I would be very disappointed with my images because I would get home and the colours would be so washed out. So through experience I have taught myself how to get the brilliant colours of the sunset or sunrise.
This is how I do them. I use spot focusing and spot metering. If there isn’t anything in the sky to focus on, I will focus on something else, then set my focus to manual. I then move my point so that it is on some part of the colour in the sky or a cloud. Now that point or spot will meter for that part of the image and I will get the lovely deep colours that you get with these sort of images.
If you do overall metering, then as it gets darker your camera will try to compensate and make everything lighter, and you will lose those deep vibrant colours.
I hope this helps you the next time you are out taking photos of the sunset or sunrise.
On a side note, if you have enjoyed this post or learned something new, please remember this is how I make my living, so it would be wonderful if you would consider making a small donation.
Today I was teaching a photography class and we were looking at Portrait photography. I try to give my students as much information as I can about photographing people. I know that portrait photography is really popular and it can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite scary.
You can have a model standing there in front of you. You have the camera and you are taking the photos, but do you know what you are doing? Do you know how to talk to the model or whoever is standing in front of you?
I have taught quite a few portrait classes now and it always amazes me how shy people are when they have someone in front of them to take photos of.
Some suggestions, spend time with the person you are taking photos of first. Have a coffee or cup of tea and just talk them, build a relationship with them. Never underestimate how important small talk is.
Remember when you are talking their photo that they need you to guide them. They can’t see what you are seeing, so they need you to tell them what to do. Try asking them to move or something. Change directions, or put their hands somewhere else.
Keep up the small talk, the more comfortable they feel with you the better the images that you get will be.
If you have trouble thinking of poses on the spot, then consider doing a list of poses before hand and just go through them. Many professional photographers use them.
Following up from my post today on my main blog, the Up for Discussions – Competitions, I am going to add the links to this blog so you can follow them up if you choose. The links are the ones I put in and the ones others have added.
One of the ideas behind having this here is so you and others can be kept up to date with what my plans are for teaching and other aspects of my business. I do really want to push the teaching thing, and so this news blog is going to be great for that.
So, with that in mind, I have some things I want to announce.
Online One on One Photo Editing
I am going to offer online classes for people who want to learn photo editing. We will do them using Skype. They will still be One on One classes at this stage. The price will be the same, AUD$150 for two hours.
Pricing for the One on One classes I think are fair and reasonable, however, I will be adding packages for people who would like to do more than one. Will publish those soon.
I am also planning on developing some photo walks for people to come out with me to take photos. There will be a variety of places, different dates, different days different times. At this stage they will be $50 for each one.
These walks will be ideal for people who don’t want to go out on their own and want company when they go. Especially for early morning and late night photography. There might also be some day trips to places.
I would also like to hear from people about where they are interested in going as well and I can see if I can plan some trips there.
So tuned for more information on these coming soon.
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