Photo Tips

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our contests’ entry photos are not always professional photographs, but we want to share some tips that will help them take photos that could be print-worthy for calendar contests. A quality photo could mean more money raised.

Tip #1 Keep Your Lens Clean

Your pocket is not a clean place, and the grime accumulate on your smartphone camera lens. The result is hazy, dark images that won't look good no matter how many retro filters you slap on them.

Tip #2 Use Good Lighting

Lighting is what makes a great image. When taking photos indoors try getting your subject facing a window or other natural light source. It may require moving around and taking many photos, but it will be worth it. If you’re outdoors, generally the rules are the same. Find the light source and shoot your subject with the sun behind you to reduce glare and overexposure.

If you’re using a smartphone, give it time to adjust to the light, and you can also try pointing your phone at a different light source to take a crisper photo.

Tip #3 Skip the Built-in Flash

The problem with many flashes is that they don't fill the shadows properly and are usually low quality, and are placed too close to the lens to work properly.

Tip #4 Avoid Zooming

When you take a photo from a distance, it's tempting to zoom in on something specific you're trying to capture. But it's actually better not to zoom in because doing so can make the photo appear grainy, blurry, or pixelated. Instead, try to get closer to your subject.

Tip #5 Use your edit options

Most cameras have basic settings where you will be able to edit brightness, contrast, exposure, and shadows to make the highest quality photo and give it a unique look. We suggest doing this rather than using other filter options.


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