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Canon Photo 5 Competition 2011

If you haven’t heard, Canon run a competition every year called the Canon Photo 5. They send out a cardboard box to registered participants containing briefs.

The objects must be used in the creation of 5 different photos. In the past I have entered, never won but it is such fun to try and come up with a creative idea.

This year the four briefs are: Powder – Fast Shutter,  Foam- Macro, Ribbon – Panning, Sequins – Low Light, and the open brief, Through a Pet’s Eyes.

I have done 3 of the 5 entries so far.

Ribbon
Canon Photo5 Ribbon

Foam

Canon Photo 5 Foam Macro

Sequins

Canon Photo 5 Sequins

I don’t think I will win anything with these photos but it is fun to try. The most difficult part is coming up with something no one else has done, I think of ideas and then log on and someone has already done it, so then I have to try think of something else.

Hopefully I will get all the briefs completed in time!

Have you entered the Canon Photo 5 before? What do you like/dislike about the competition?

5 Photography Tips to help you take better photos

I thought I would post a few tips that have helped me improve my photography.

Yesterday I posted a pic of my daughters lashes, today here are my son’s. Lucky kids!

Get Close

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It’s so easy to take the regular full body shots of our children, but try and get closer, eyes are beautiful, open or closed


Don’t cut off my hand

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Try not to cut off body parts, her hand would have been better in this photo, also when taking full body shots, don’t cut people’s feet off, a photo is more pleasing when you can see the ground, but (there is always a but) sometimes cutting off body parts can work….

Hiding

Find the light

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This photo is taken with a big window behind my daughters head, yet there is still plenty of light on her face without any shadows.

Or try side lighting

B&W

Either way, practice taking photos with your flash off, on camera flash does nothing good for your photos!!  I am of course favorable to natural light photography.

White Balance

Now a few techinical tips….White Balance, if you regularly edit photos in a Lightroom or something similar, you will probably change the white balance, a lot. White balance changes a lot, and while the auto white balance on a camera’s setting can be acurate, even in one room it can change depending on if you are moving around, what coloured wall you are near. I set my camera to white balance cloudy, that way the white balance is always the same, even if it is not accurate at the time. When I go to Lightroom (or whatever program you use) you only need to edit the white balance once and then sync it across all your images, it is much easier than editing each individual photo.

Histogram

Another great tip is to turn on the histogram feature on your camera, usually when playing back your photos you can find it by pressing info. I don’t know a whole lot about histograms but I do know if the graph is too far to the left it will be too dark, if it is too far to the right it will be too bright, you need to have the graph spread through the middle, also turning the histogram on will enable “blinkies” to appear on the photo you have taken, if you have “blinkies” it means your photo is over exposed and you need to adjust your exposure to compensate.  Unless of course you want it that way!!

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Image from Poluz