Thursday, August 2, 2012

Win A Photo Contest

Whether you're motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer.
By The Editors Published in Shooting
Winner of the 2nd Annual Art of Expression Photo Contest, "Expressive Portrait" category, 2011
Winner of the 2nd Annual Art of Expression Photo Contest, "Expressive Portrait" category, 2011

ESSENTIAL GEAR

If you're going to take a photograph that's worthy of Grand Prize, make sure you have some of the tools that will help you get top-notch quality.

1 Take a tripod.

Even in the age of image-stabilization technology, a tripod is still invaluable for taking sharper pictures. Besides having the support, a tripod locks in your composition for careful review before you shoot.

2 Play with light.

Photographs with dramatic light can make quite a statement. If the natural light isn't giving you what you want, combining an external flash with modifiers, such as gels, ring lights and reflectors, can help you refine and create light that's more dynamic.

3 Consider a filter.

You don't have to wait until you're in front of a computer to make adjustments. Using a filter will often do that for you. A polarizer controls surface reflection so colors become more saturated, while a neutral-density filter reduces how intense the light is in bright conditions. With less light, you can slow shutter speed to blur motion or open your aperture to limit depth of field. Plus, there are tons of other options for adding color, shooting a black-and-white image and creating special effects.


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