Notes taken during class at Santa Cruz High as we heard about what makes a prize winning photograph from a judge.
Blur creates a feeling of speed - panning or moving the camera along so that it follows a moving object takes practice but makes a photo more interesting
Posterization is darkroom technique that converts the photo into simple tones of black and white or simple blocks of color
SIMPLICITY is the key to good pictures that win awards
Everybody looks but not everybody sees. Imaginative seeing the potential of a photo is the skill to develop - look for pictures in the things you see
Little extra touches in a photo such as a moon in the sky for comparison of shape or for a distant focal point is good. Take the time to examine the objects in your photo and look for the best viewpoint to show them
Lighting plays a part in a prize winner. A silhouette or sunset can do a lot to make a photo simple and interesting. To make the exposure aim the meter away from the sun to the bright part of the sky and adjust exposure then hold it and recompose the photo for a dark sky and a silhouette of your subject. A silhouette simplifies the photo
Time of day - the proper lens and vantage point as well as care in focus and exposure is what makes a prize winner.
The telephoto lens makes things look closer together - it can be used to select the portion of the photo you like best
Prize winners are EASY TO LOOK AT with the eye following the action - the subject is obvious and has impact - LESS IS MORE concept of getting in close and checking the frame for a photo that tells a story or sets a mood.
People pictures are popular subjects. Look at the camera angles or vantage point to find one that gives a simple background with colors and objects that do not compete with the subject. Good expression is key to people shots -- look for how the mood is expressed -- be alert and have camera