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Picture perfect
Posted on28 June 2010. Tags: photography
Picture perfect
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Fancy seeing your photograph on a postcard distributed at parks and lottery funded venues across London? Then grab your camera and head to your local green space before 1st August.
The ‘Postcards from the Park’ competition is a chance to celebrate the public parks of the UK through images that reflect their role in our every day lives. Open to everyone, the competition has been set up by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), BIG and GreenSpace, and aims to highlight the unique part that parks play in community life.
£1,000 of Jessops vouchers are up for grabs for the overall lucky winner and all finalists and category winners will have their photos professionally exhibited at a London gallery. All finalists and category winners will also win an overnight stay in London to attend the gallery event on Friday 3 September. The photos will also be turned into postcards for distribution at Lottery-funded venues and public parks across the UK.
Celebrated photographer Mike McCartney will be judging the Postcards from the Park 2010 competition along with Tim Kerr, Head of Photography at the Press Association, and Angela Nicholson, Technical Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine.
If you need a few hints and tips to get you started, here’s some advice from Mike McCartney himself…
Take a walk on the wild side
Look out for wildlife in unusual places. Really good wildlife shots are very challenging but be patient and you will reap the rewards. A squirrel perched on a bin eating a sandwich or a dog jumping for a ball will make amusing and fun subjects. Take loads of shots to get a really good one.
Going natural
We have all taken posed photos of people which end up being disappointing. A really good trick is to take a few more shots quickly afterwards to catch people in a more relaxed and natural mood. With children, it’s often better to wait until they are busy doing something and aren’t aware you are taking pictures at all.
Move yourself
Most photos are naturally taken from shoulder height but this may not be the best height. Mess around with different positions, kneeling down and getting high up and practice tilting the camera. An original angle often makes an average photo really brilliant and surprising.
Creative Commons License photo credit: MOpuss
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July 19, 2010 at 10:06 am
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