IPC Student Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Congratulations to all our winners!
Best of Show
First Place Images:
- "People & Animals" Category: Stephanie Stewart
- "Action!" Category: Nathan Rhodes
- "Food & Beverage" Category: Gillian Spring
- "Creative" Category: Nathan Rhodes
- "People & Animals" Category: Tony Monteleone
- "Action!" Category: Tony Monteleone
- "Food & Beverage" Category: Chase Nograles
- "Creative" Category: Mark Schmidt
Featured Class: Adobe Lightroom Workflow
You have 500 photos from a shoot…Within a few minutes, Lightroom allows you to find the 10 best shots, make batch edits, nondestructive edits and work hand-in-hand with Photoshop.
This is must-have software for any serious photographer. Join instructor John Perez for this all-day seminar on September 26th for experienced photographers.
Tip of the Week: Scale Recognition
The difficult task of a photographer is recording a three dimensional scene on a two dimensional medium. We accomplish this by using scale. If your viewer looks at an image and sees a person in the distance hiking on a mountain trail, the viewer instantly knows two things:
- The person was a great distance from the camera
- The mountains were enormous
Showing depth in an image involves using something of a known size to show the size or distance of another object. Besides humans, you can also use animals, cars, buildings, trees and houses to show scale. Position your scale object, or yourself, so that the scale object is about one-third of the way into the scene.
To emphasize this effect, use a wide-angle lens. A wide-angle lens has great depth-of-field so the whole scene will be in focus.
With a telephoto lens, the effect is much different. The first object will have to be further away from the camera because a telephoto lens doesn’t have the close depth-of-field like the wide-angle lens and the scale object and subject will appear much closer together due to a telephoto lens’ compression effect.
- Find a landscape scene with the subject a great distance from your tripod-mounted camera.
- With your lens set to the wide angle setting, capture an image.
- Now with everything else being the same, have someone walk out about one-third of the way between the camera and the subject.
- Take another image.
- Compare the two images and notice how much easier it is to establish the size of the landscape object and distance from the camera when using the scale object.
By Ron Kness
This is this weeks Group Assignment on Flickr!
These tips and more can be learned in any Indy Photo Coach class or lesson.
Bonus Tip: Pocket Release Forms
If you were to take that same picture today and wanted to use it for anything commercial, you might find yourself in the very tricky world of copyright and privacy laws (which may vary by location).
A lot of photographers who shoot in public places often keep a condensed, pocket sized Model and/or Property Release forms in their camera bags just in case they happen to be in the right place at the right time.
The American Society of Media Photographers offers some great information on the subject as well as sample release forms you can download. As I said earlier, laws vary by location so it’s important to make sure you’re in compliance for your locale, but it’s a great resource!
By Trevor Warren
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