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Hints and Tips from Our Judges and Members

 

Composition
  • Generally placing a key object or the focal point on one of the intersecting thirds gives a pleasing picture but this rule can be broken.
  • Take several years off a plump or older person by having the camera a higher level with the subject looking upwards so the neck is stretched.
  • If the focal point is at the side of the picture it is better to put it at the right hand side as we tend to "read" pictures from left to right.
  • Don't crop too tightly. Allow some space around the subject and where movement is involved, allow space for the subject to "move into".
  • For portraits where there is a horizontal line in the background, such as the top of a wall or fence, try to position the subject (or your camera) so that the line is level with their eyes. This should result in a more pleasing image.
  • When photographing two people the image will look better with one person further forward than the other.
  • Looking up at people can give them a threatening look, whilst looking down at someone can give them a vulnerable look.
Lighting
  • The richer colour and longer shadows from morning & evening light (on sunny days) often makes a landscape picture more interesting
Colour
  • For most people (not sure about the colourblind!) the eye will be drawn to any red in the picture, make sure you want it to be a focal point
Computer manipulation
  • Photoshop tutorials are available on YouTube
  • Manipulation is great for adding a catchlight in a subject's eyes - use a small white circle with gaussian blur or for a really authentic catchlight try lightening/brightening the picture and importing the relevant area as layer
  • You can add a line around the edge of an image before the border using " stroke".  In some versions of Photoshop & Photoshop Elements "stroke" is on the layers fx toolbar. For other versions of Photoshop Elements  you will find "stroke" under the edit menu (at the top of the screen).  Note: You have to make a selection on the image where you want the stroke to appear before it turns into an option that you can choose. 
Mounting
  • Choose the colour or shade of the mount according to the photo, i.e. if it is a dark picture use a darker mount rather than always sticking to "antique white"
  • A mount can be more effective with a "drop border" - this is where the bottom border is slightly wider than the other three borders 
 
Preparing digital pictures for projection  
  • Create a copy of your image before resizing so that you do not lose your original photograph.
  • For projection your digital images need to be sized to a maximum height of 1200 pixels and maximum width of 1600 pixels.  
  • The colour profile needs to be sRGB.  
  • Save as a JPEG (standard) file at maximum quality.  

  

Some tutorials for preparing digital pictures for projection
 
Some tutorials for sending digital images (or any other files) by email