Free Monthly Photo Competition - Feb-Mar - Trees

Free Monthly Photo Competition - Feb-Mar - Trees
Alan Ranger Photography(44)

We are pleased to announce the launch of a free monthly photography contest. It’s always a real pleasure to view photos from our clients, followers and friends so we thought it would be great to be able to share the best photos with our wider community through running a monthly competition.

Each month we will set a theme for the competition and you will have a month to pick up to three photos to enter. The photos can be from your back catalogue or you could go out and make new images specifically with the theme in mind.

Please don’t be shy or think you’re not good enough to enter. The competition is open to any level of photographer and you never know you might just win one of the prizes!

Last Months Contest - Winter

I regret to say that for the second time in succession, not enough people entered the last contest to make it viable. We need at least 25 participants each time, otherwise it isn’t really a viable contest with the same people always entering and being awarded.

Remember, you don’t have to go out and create new images for this contest, you can enter images from your back portfolio if you feel they are your best!

We will give this one last attempt to generate enough interest to continue, I do hope we can attract more than a handful of participants this time as I really enjoy seeing everyone’s images. Thank you to those who entered the last two contests, please don’t be put off and I hope more people will join in this one and also share this with other to encourage greater participation.

This Months Brief - Trees - Feb 16th - Mar 15th

Closing date for entries - 15th Mar 23:00

Trees are all around us and willing subjects whether they stand alone or in a group - but don’t be fooled that their static nature makes them easy to photograph. A good tree photograph requires careful composition and good technical execution both within camera and post production.

Here are ten tips towards creating better tree photos.

Creative Aspects

  1. Think carefully about what to include and exclude in the frame. Choose your focal length carefully to help reduce unwanted elements and keep the frame concentrated on your main subject.

  2. Watch where and how the light falls on the foliage, branches and trunks and use that as guide to organising the elements inside the frame. Side light usually works better than backlit or frontlit.

  3. Think about foreground interest if applicable to lead your eye to a focal point.

  4. Examine the roots and branches/leaves of the tree and decide if they are an important part of the composition and adjust your own viewing angle, low down, looking up, vertical and horizontal framing.

  5. Examine the shapes and sculptural elements and use them to create passage ways/tunnels that draw the viewer through the scene. Experiment with ideas, ICM, panning, multiple exposures and so on.

Technical Aspects

  1. Your choice of aperture and depth of field can is critical. Focus on the bark but adjust if you have foreground interest to ensure the focus starts and ends where you want it. Also consider using wide apertures (F4-F6.3) to keep backgrounds softer if you want to create different moods. Make sure you check your DoF and sharpness after every shot.

  2. Check your exposure meticulously. Dark shadows and bright highlights are common in woodland situations so take the time to ensure you have nothing under or over exposed. Bracket your exposures if needed.

  3. Use a polariser. Even in flat light, a polariser will help reduce the glare, reflections and help to increase colour and tones.

  4. Try different metering modes to vary the tonal range. Spot or centre weighted metering can help to make shadows remain dark and highlights (the brightest elements) within range where you want the focal point.

  5. Have a clear idea in your mind about how you post process and the mood/emphasis you want where in the image. Take your time to create atmosphere rather than just sharpness and detail.

  • Up to three entries must be submitted by the closing date.

  • Prizes

    • Winner - £50 Gift Voucher to use towards/against any tuition event within 12 months of issue.

    • Runner-up - £30 Gift Voucher to use towards/against any tuition event within 12 months of issue.

    • Third Place - £20 Gift Voucher to use towards/against any tuition event within 12 months of issue.

    • Up to three additional “Highly Commended” Places - Free membership of Alan Ranger Photography Forum on Facebook, if already a forum member then a £10 gift voucher will be provided.

Please share this page/contest so others can join in.

Previous Competition Winners

To enter and read all the terms and conditions for entry and details of the brief go to the Photo Contest Page. (It’s also linked on the home page as a featured link button)

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your entries.

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