There are six League Competition evenings, held through the season, for both PDI (Projected Digital Image) and Prints.
Three of the competitions have set subjects (published in the programme and the Club online calendar (see the website) and the other three are “open” meaning any subject.
“Set Subjects” for 2020-2021 are:
- At Home or Garden – This set subject competition can depict any subject in which the predominant / Focal interest of the image was taken in the authors Home or Garden during 2020.
- Pairs – Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a ‘PAIR’. The subject of the image must show two things of the same appearance and size that are intended to be used together, or something that consists of two parts joined together. It MUST NOT contain a subject where PAIR is used to describe a single object, such as a pair of scissors, glasses, shoes, gloves etc.
- Reflections – Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a Reflection.
Do I need to use a DSLR to become a good photographer?
You definitely don’t. So don’t be intimidated if you don’t have a big fancy DLSR camera. Using a mobile phone is OK.
Just take a look at some of the Flickr photos rated “Interesting” for a few non-DSLR cameras e.g. the small Canon PowerShot S95, which isn’t even one of the most advanced compacts (not all of those photos are great, but some of them show what can be done).
Enter our Mobile Photography Challenge competition. SEE HERE for details
Check out the photos from The iPhone Photography Awards
- Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away
- Make a list of shots you’d like to get
- Don’t overlook mundane subjects for photography
- Enjoy the learning process
- Take advantage of free resources to learn
- Aperture Priority for Outside, Shutter Priority for Inside
- Shoot in RAW as Much as Possible
- Limit Your Use of Auto-ISO
- Turn the Viewfinder Grid On
- Have Fun with Cropping
- Go Easy on the Clarity Bar when processing
A photo a day keeps the staleness away. Staleness and boredom with a hobby like photography is a killer. Before you know it, you’re advertising your gear on eBay. A simple way to keep the pot boiling on the stove.
There are two ways to approach this:
The simple photo a day challenge. By this, we mean that you allocate yourself a few minutes a day to shoot one image that you like or even dislike for that matter. Just shoot an image at some point during your day. Carrying your camera with you every day would help. Whatever you do, make sure that you take one photo every day. Even if it is the clock on the wall before you go to bed. Of course, it would help if you make your subjects different each day.
The best photo of the day challenge. This is a variation of the challenge and gives you more leeway, meaning that you shoot as many images as you want but that at the end of the day you will select the best one, the one with most meaning or just a random choice if they are all good.
In order to make this interesting, you can add a touch of variety to it by choosing a theme or using a common thread. One photographer takes a small toy cow (yes a cow, like the MK Concrete Cows, just a lot smaller) with him wherever he goes and this cow is featured somewhere in every photograph. Choose something and add it as a common thread to all 365 days.
With the advent of Facebook, blogs, and Flickr you can really make this interesting and even generate regular interest in your images. Change your Facebook profile every day replacing it with your daily 365 Challenge shot. Or upload to Instagram. People will eagerly log in every day to see what photo you have loaded. Not only will this make you more enthusiastic but will generate an interest in your images.
The same goes for your blog. Upload a daily image and makes some comments on it. This way you can keep a record of the how, when, why and who of each image. This could actually turn into a form of photo journal in which you document your life over 365 days. Kathy Chantler’s ARPS recently spoke of her experience as a member of the blipfoto community (see blipfoto.com ), Kathy recorded the progress of her ARPS journey in her blipfoto photo journal.
This could be the beginnings of a really fun experience. The bottom line is that you will keep your creativity, inspiration, and enthusiasm alive and at the same time learning and entertaining others. If you can find a way to make your photography fun and inspiring, it will never die. You will continually shoot photos throughout the year.
One more tip before we go. It is great to sit down and write down ideas and thoughts about what you will do, what themes to shoot, and how you will display the images, BUT unless you get out there and just do it you will get nowhere. If you will run with the idea I can guarantee you that in 365 days time, you won’t believe the improvement and progress you’ve made as you learn digital photography. What the 365 photos show you is just how you have improved; they become your timeline of growth in creativity and skill.