One of the simplest methods of gaining recognition for one’s photographic skills is by entering and winning photo contests. Yes, this may not be very easy for beginner photographers; however, it is possible if one has knowledge of the correct photographing techniques. In addition to using particular techniques, it is also important to take into consideration different features of the photograph. This article will provide information regarding the different points to take into account when shooting that winning photograph.
1. Using Effective Lighting
Irrespective of whether one is shooting indoors or outdoors, it is important to have the correct lighting for the picture. To achieve the ideal lighting feature it may be necessary to purchase special studio equipment. This equipment may be quite costly; however, it is able to capture and emit the ideal type of lighting.
If one is shooting outdoors, it may not be necessary to purchase this light-catching studio equipment as the outdoor setting provides natural light; however, it is important to consider the shadows present. Always shoot during the morning as the afternoons and evenings will always present with unwelcome shadows, unless that is the look you are going for. If one is considering late afternoon or evening shots, it is recommended that one utilize the aforementioned studio equipment.
2. Avoid Distracting Backgrounds
While some individuals feel that an ‘interesting’ and ‘exciting’ background can contribute to the photograph, this is generally not the case. Background patterns will often distract the viewer from the primary model, particularly if the background is comprised of bright colors. Instead, it is best to utilize a clear background using neutral colors to complement the primary object. If one is shooting outdoors and there is a chance of background patterns, it is recommended that one place full focus on the image and blur out the distracting background.
3. Always In Proportion
In order to create the ideal photograph it is essential that all objects are within proportion. Any out-of-scale props or items can mar the photograph and should be avoided, unless the effect one is hoping to create is out of proportion; for example, an individual being larger than the table or flower to create a ‘giant’ inspired theme.
The proportions of items can be easily controlled when shooting indoors; however, if one is shooting outdoors it is necessary that all surroundings are to scale. The only time an image can be larger or smaller than a prop is if the primary object is closer to the camera or if the photographic theme calls for this disproportion.
4. Filling The Frame
One of the most important factors to consider when shooting a winning photograph is the position of the primary object and its place in the frame. It is always recommended that the item of focus fill the frame to ensure that viewers are aware of the photographic theme. This must be considered when shooting both indoors and outdoors.
Final Words On The Matter
As can be seen, there are various points to take into account when creating the ideal contest winning photograph.