Bokeh is a Japanese word for the appearance of out-of-focus parts of an image. Use a large aperture (low f/ number) and/or a long focal length to create out-of-focus foreground or background. Bright vivid out-of-focus subjects thoughtfully arranged will show this feature strongly. Use templates with different shaped apertures (hearts, stars, etc.) and place them close to the lens to be creative.
An image of a small group of inanimate objects arranged together to show them off. The skill is to set up a good, eye-catching arrangement with a clear or complimentary background and good lighting. Inanimate does not include living animals. It can include vegetables, flowers, bones, killed game for example.
An image that is taken from above looking down. It could be buildings, landscapes, seascapes, people, abstract, but seen from ‘a bird’s eye view’.
An image of a wooden structure big or small, but must be predominantly constructed of wood. Pay particular attention to the surface, patterns, and textures of the wood in your chosen subject.
Lines in photography are an immensely powerful element. They can serve to create a mood adding emotional content to an image and they lead the eye through the image. Lines can be curved, straight, broken, leading, and zig-zag. Think about your story and composition.
An image that tells a funny/humourous story... whether it be capturing a moment or setting a scene. Remember the Story is the key. You know you've cracked it when the viewer laughs out loud.
Being a mother or father is one of life's greatest gifts. Capture a moment of a parent (human or animal) and offspring that shows emotion/connection between them.
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We’ve all got some! Don’t put them away just yet! Use them to create an arty, original, imaginative image. Pop them into a vessel, drape them over an object Good exposure is key (watch those highlights). Out-of-focus they make great bokeh!
Good ideas start with brainstorming…..and a good cup of coffee!! Create an image with coffee as the main element – whether it be making a cup, grinding beans, posing it in a setup, or collaborating with a barista. Your image is all about coffee.
An image where the main subject is of our feathered friends! Bird photography is one of the most popular genres. Try to capture an image of a bird or birds in their natural habitat. Images depicting birds involved in some activity, such as feeding, carrying their food, or interacting with their young will be rewarded.
An image that captures the personality and individuality of a person. Your image should be more of a compelling portrait rather than the conventional beautiful woman-type shot. Try to capture the essence of who they are, remembering to focus on their eyes (the windows to our souls) and ensure they are sharp. Inclusion of the person’s environment may help show their character.
An image that shows your chosen subject up close and with significantly more detail than the human eye would usually see. Reduce your field of view, increase the size of your subject, and crop tight around your shot for impact.