Have you ever tried photographing a moving object?
This is your chance.
Take a photo of a moving car, bicycle, motorcycle, runner, animal, whatever.
You can shoot the main subject as stationary with the background or foreground blurred by panning with your camera, or you can convey speed by letting your subject(s) blur as it races past.
Here are some tips for you:
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One of the problems with shooting food is lighting. (Well, there are numerous issues, not least of which is NOT judging photos while youíre hungry, but thatís another story!) Aside from the usual issues of color and composition, light presents a significant issue for the photographer because of the deep contrasts between flaming embers and fire and shadows. There must be light in some way, whether natural or flash, but being aware of the light differences can make all the difference in the world.
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I've tapped the Globe's excellent Photo Dept. for our judge for the June 'Singular' contest: Susan Vermazen, who has been with the Globe as a picture editor and multimedia editor since 2000.
Before arriving at the Globe, Susan, a graduate of Boston University, had quite the interesting and varied resume:
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As I announced last month, the contest theme for July is Grill It!
It's a challenge to get creative with an everyday event, so let's see what you can do. I am talking about grilling food -- not photos of sewer grills or the braces on somebody's teeth.
For you apartment dwellers, if you can't get yourself invited to an outdoor cookout, then indoor George Foreman grills or stovetop grills are fine.
I'm looking for creative shots of food on the grill, closeups of the grill itself, grilling accessories, the grillers doing their magic ... just remember these aren't quick snapshots for the family album. Good framing, lighting, perspective, and creativity are necessary.
Just a few rules:
Your photo MUST be taken this month.
The deadline is midnight July 31.
One photo per photographer.
We'll try our hand at demonstrating the Rule of Thirds for the August contest. Those photos can be taken any time, so you can start work on that now, or find something exceptional in your portfolio.
Here are some good tutorials:
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By Ron Cowie
A successful self-portrait reveals and nurtures a relationship. The first is the relationship to self, and the second is the relationship to the viewer. Everyone has an image they like to present to the world. The self-portrait I made was done in my darkroom. I want to be perceived as a competent photographer and artist. I am surrounded by the tools of my trade and evidence of my work. I want you to see these things and translate that into an identity that conveys knowledge and experience. The message underneath that message is, "I need to be surrounded by my stuff to be validated as an artist. I, alone, am not enough."
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To judge our July "Self-Portraits" contest, we've returned to the pros who teach at the New England School of Photography in Kenmore Square in Boston.
Ron Cowie is a professional photographer and artist specializing in alternative processes and portraits. He not only is an instructor at NESOP; he also graduated from there in 1998 with concentrations in editorial and advertising photography (after getting a BS in anthropology from the University of Cincinnati).
Ron's work has appeared in a variety of publications, and he counts among his clients Estee Lauder, Bryant University, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Recent exhibitions have been at the Wolfe Gallery in Toledo, the Photo-Eye Showcase in Santa Fe, and the Central Gallery in Old Saybrook, CT.
Ron has chosen his Final 50; we'll post that gallery after lunch.
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Wow -- it's fun getting to see what some of you look like (or your hands, feet, shadows ...)! I was going to submit a photo of myself, but I have such an uncanny resemblance to Penelope Cruz that I thought better of it.
We have finished adding all of the photos on Flickr that carry the contest tags into 4 full-screen galleries. Please check all of the galleries to make sure your photo is there; if not, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org WITH A LINK TO YOUR PHOTO ON FLICKR.
I'll post the August theme later today.
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I admit it: I was quite taken with POTW Korri Leigh Crowley's self-portraiture. I had been thinking about self-portraits as a contest category, but seeing Korri's variety and creativity sealed the deal.
So what the heck -- let's give it a shot (so to speak). Pretty much anything goes -- you can take an arms-length photo of yourself, a reflected image, a funny picture. You can wear a mask, take a photo of your shadow, or shoot a body part other than your face (but keep it clean).
> Some part of your body must be in the photo.
> Remember the storytelling part of photography and make your photo revelatory about yourself. Are you curious, experimental, pensive, silly, hungry, a birdwatcher, a runner, a parent, a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker? Try to capture an image that will tell viewers something about you.
You can dig into your archives this month, but please consider shooting something new.
This month's Flickr contest tags are:
Boston.com contest July2010 self
If you're new to our contests, set up a Flickr account ASAP and upload at least 5 photos so that it becomes activated in Flickr's Search index. Then upload the photo you want to enter in the contest by midnight July 31 and in the right column of that photo page, add the four tags above. In fact, you can just copy and paste the line above into the Tags box. Don't add any commas.
Please make sure that you read these contest rules.
That's it! Questions? Post a comment below, or send a private email to email@example.com.
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By Sharon E. Lowe
July contest judge
There were some excellent images in this contest and it wasn't easy picking the Top 10. Everyone in the Final 50 should be commended, and the Top 10 should be especially proud of their work.
The Top Three winners:
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Folks, there are several contest photos that are not being pulled into our Voting Machine. We use Flickr's API to pull in the photos, so please check your account settings by visiting this page and making sure that ALL 3 boxes are unchecked. Then hit Save. Thanks.
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Our judge, Sharon E. Lowe, has made her Final 50 choices. Here are her thoughts on your entries:
There were quite a few very nice images in this competition and I enjoyed seeing the different ways that people chose to illustrate the "Ripples" theme - landscapes, children playing in the water, abstracts, and floods, for example.
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Our judge for the July "Ripples" contest, Sharon E. Lowe, first dabbled in photography when she was in high school. Several years ago, she rediscovered her passion, and now pursues her art professionally.
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Our judge for the July "Ripples" contest, professional photographer Sharon E. Lowe, is on the job, sorting through your 200-plus entries to narrow the field to the Final 50. Later today I'll post her bio and links to some of her work, and tomorrow we'll post the Final 50 gallery as well as the Voting Machine.
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It's summer, so I'm looking for water shots. But not just any water shots; let's get water moving, gurgling, splashing, spraying, and yes, rippling. In other words, water in motion. As usual, we're looking for creativity and good composition; we'll also look favorably on the effective use of light on water, but it's not a requirement.
NOTE: We're changing our tagging system. Usually to enter our contests you tag your photos with Boston.com contest month. We're altering that in two ways:
1) Instead of just the month, make your third tag the month and year. So instead of one tag being just July, it should be July2009 (no space).
2) We're adding a fourth tag to help the search results even more: The theme. This month, your fourth tag will be Ripples.
So this month, tag your photos with these four tags:
Remember, one entry per photographer. The deadline is midnight July 31. Here's more about how to enter.
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