Advanced Photo Contests Techniques

Posted on February 6, 2009. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

The type of advanced techniques for photo contests vary with the type of camera you use. Cameras that can be controlled manually usually gives better results since you can literally adjust everything. For photo contests, its advisable to use advanced camera to add more creativity with every shot. You can also use prosumer and DSL cameras that have with lenses to further enhance your images.


In photo competitions, taking full control of the camera’s aperture allows you to do wonders. The aperture provides control of camera’s lens, this means you can guide the amount of light that enter the camera. Set the camera’s aperture to low to use shorter shutter speed (this technique is best for fast action shots), while higher aperture extends the shutter speed when there is bright light (for example, capturing the motion of a waterfall on a sunny day).

The photo’s depth of field is also affected by the aperture. For photo competitions, you could use a small aperture to get a greater depth of field and have the whole scene in focus to see all the details, however with portrait or macro photography, you can use a larger aperture to get a shallow depth of field and isolate/highlight the subject by forcing the rest of the photo out of focus.

Shutter Speed

The shutter speed plays an important role for capturing photos with regards to the type of photography contest you are into. For fast speed subjects like in fast action, sports, or other areas where you’d want to ‘freeze the scene’ then you faster shutter speed. If you want to add in a sense of motion into the photo like on photography contests where you have to take excellent shots of waterfalls or the traffic jam on a busy street, use slower shutter speed.


Modern picture contests makes use of ISO which is the counterpart of film from the film camera era. Now digital cameras utilizes ISO or exposure which is referred to numerically, such as ISO 100 or ISO 800, with the higher value meaning more sensitive to exposure from light. The ISO value is automatically maneuvered by the camera itself, but manually changing the ISO value, you can make the camera sensor more sensitive to light, allowing you to take photos with a faster shutter speed (a shorter exposure), or with a longer exposure when working with low light.


In picture contests, filters are used to show additional drama and captivating effects on the image. These gadgets are very good to capture portraits with sensitive moods and to polarize stray light and glare from the sun.

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