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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Jun-Jul
40 | www.probussouthpacific.org PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Take your camera everywhere The more photographs you take the better your photos will become. If you are regularly taking photos of your family, they will get used to you taking photos and you will achieve more candid, natural looking photos. Join a club Being part of a local or online photography club will help you to learn by viewing the work of others, as well as providing opportunities for feedback on your own photos. Get light right The most flattering and atmospheric light is usually found early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Sharpen photos By standing with your feet apart, you are less likely to sway from side to side, creating blurry photos and ruining your planned composition. Take your best shot The Probus National Photographic Competition is on again! Check out Active Retirees art director Kate Oliver's tips for taking that perfect shot, have a look at the great prizes on offer, get snapping and send your entries in! TIP The soft light on overcast days is especially good for photographing people, as it produces the best skin tones. * Experiment with viewpoints The viewpoint chosen has a big impact on the composition of the photo. So before taking your photograph, decide where you will take it from. Try shooting not only from eye level, but also from high above, down at ground level, from the side, from the back, from a long way away, from very close up, and so on. * Position your subject Positioning the subject in the middle of the frame can often lead to ordinary-looking photos. Try positioning the subject off to the left or right side for a more interesting effect. * Create depth Create depth in a photo by including objects in the foreground, middle ground and background. * Frame your subject Often a photo will lack impact because the main subject is so small it becomes lost among the clutter of its surroundings. By cropping tight around the subject you eliminate the background 'noise', ensuring the subject gets the viewer's undivided attention. Reduce red-eye Most modern digital cameras have a built-in feature that helps reduce red-eye. This is a pre-flash light that comes on immediately before the photo being taken. The light comes on for about two seconds, enough time for the pupils of the eye of your subject to close slightly. Because the subject’s pupils contract slightly during the pre-flash, this helps reduce red-eye.
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