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August contest theme: Architecture

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  July 24, 2009 12:54 PM

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We're about to celebrate our one-year anniversary here at RAW, and we're thrilled with the success of the site -- and how so many of you have jumped in to participate, share your photos and tips, and make RAW what it is today.

I was thinking to myself that we all should be really proud of what we've built here ... and then it hit me: The theme for August should be Architecture -- photos of the built environment. Ah ha!

In addition, our friend Ponder This and others have suggested a contest in which the photos must be taken within the month of the competition. I've always thought that was a good idea to try as a way of getting us all out and about, so let's add that as a wrinkle this month.

So just two rules for August:

1. The photos entered in the contest must be of a human-made structure -- no natural architecture, no matter how stunning the Cliffs of Moher may be.

2. You have to take the photo in August of 2009. Make sure your camera's date and time settings are correct!

Other than that, anything goes. Your shots can be of interior or exterior architecture. Shoot old buildings or new buildings, commercial, industrial, houses, bridges, signs, fences, staircases, ceilings, arches, courtyards, public squares, fountains, statues.

Take landscapes that put the architecture in a large context, or close-ups of one small but fascinating detail. Shoot wide-angle or tight.

Include people for perspective or explanation, or not.

Shoot during the day or at night. Experiment with lighting and shadows -- both can lend drama to architecture.

The 4 Flickr tags this month are:

Here's more about how to enter.

By the way, if you haven't entered the July contest yet, which has the theme Ripples, you have until midnight July 31. Here's more about that theme.

Any questions or suggestions? Leave a comment below.

Some photos to inspire you and tips to help you:

smashing apps: 50 Stunning Examples of Architecture Photography by AN Jay How to Photograph Architecture (Exterior) by Philip Greenspun How to Photograph Architecture (Interior) by Philip Greenspun

ePhotozine: How to photograph buildings

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