Sunday, April 22, 2012

IMPORTANT NOTES FROM THE WORKSHOP!

What a great weekend we had with our participants!

The workshop was a great success and all the participants aced their assignments. Thanks to our excellent team of photographers who gave great tips on how to take photos to create a cohesive series of photographs. Here are some of their tips:

1. MAKE MIND MAPS 


Pick a topic, then create a mind map surrounding that topic. Expand your topic by finding out what other things you can find that relates to the first topic.

For example, one of the assignments given to our participants was to take photos of the many choices of FOOD offered in CHINA TOWN. The group then created a mind map like this one above, to further identify other keywords and subjects that relates to food such as colours, type, shape, stalls and so on.

2. TAKE YOUR TIME

Take your time when you work on your photos. Don't rush into it - take your time and think it over before clicking that shutter. 

3. WATCH YOUR FOUR CORNERS

Always, always, always... check all your four corners in the viewfinder to make sure that you have your subject in your frame and the background is clear of any distracting objects. 

4. STUDY YOUR SUBJECT

It is always good to do a bit of research on your subject before you approach it. Understanding your subject  helps you identify what you want and need to capture. 

5. DON'T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT. 

Always push your boundaries and keep on experimenting. If the first angle doesn't work for you, move about. If standing doesn't help you - jump, lay down, squat to get that shot. 

6. DON'T LET TECHNOLOGY STOP YOU

If you don't have a DSLR, that doesn't mean you can't take great photos. Sometimes the best photo comes from the less hi-tech cameras. Do not let technology stand between you and your photo. Don't depend on photo editing tools to fix your images. Take that best shot when you are out in the field. 

7. BE CREATIVE

Be creative! Look at your surroundings and just mess around with different ideas. You don't have to go out of the house to take a good photo! Use your bed sheets as a background, use a mirror to bounce natural light towards your object, use a glass in front of your camera to make a funky effect... think of all the different possibilities you can add to your photo. 

8. HAVE FUN

ALWAYS HAVE FUN WHEN YOU ARE OUT TAKING A PHOTO!


Hope these tips will come in handy for you in our competition. 
So, hurry up and go out there and take some great photos. 
Call for submissions are open NOW and closes on 6th May 2012, Sunday at Noon. 









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