How to Improve Your Photo Skills

Posted on February 26, 2009. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

Photo contests could be your easiest shortcut to acquire some experience in the world of photography. Photo organizations and clubs are encouraging their members to participate in photo contests so they can have fun and improve their personal skills in the process. Winning photo competition or even manage to get a highly recognized place in the contest gives a tremendous boost in morale for any aspiring photographer. Whether you win or lose, the important thing here is knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Picture contests allow you to know the things you are good at and now the aspects of your photography that needs a little improvement.

If you need a place where you can socialize with expert photographers or spend a day reading and discovering some of the many secrets of photography, online photo communities and forums is the place where you should hang out. Photo groups are very popular in the web and they continue to grow as many photographers make a living with their camera. If you’re a newbie, I suggest that you invest on photography if you’re quite serious with it. Joining photo communities allows you to communicate with other photographers around the world. They also provides photography courses, tips and guides, new ideas and even photo competition. So, basically they have everything you need to be more effective with your photography and camera. They also conduct forums and live chats with professional photographers that greatly benefits beginners and also artist in the intermediate level.

The fun and most exciting part is the online picture contest where you can join and submit your entry in their site. The prizes offered can vary from just a certificate to a car, depending on whose running the competition. Some photographers make a handy bit of extra cash by entering photography contests on a regular basis. Though prizes are a definite draw, many just enter photography contests to test their skill against others. Aside from the great prizes, online photo sites also exhibits photos of their members so everyone can give feed backs and reviews on your entry. This way you will know how people react in the way you take photos of your subject in different points of view. It will make you more aware of the basics with a touch of your own style to personalize your photos. In fact, many professional photographers today have competitions to thank for getting them started on the road to a successful career.

Two things you should remember when entering photo contests are:

Avoid Technical Errors – Aways remember your basics, the rule of thirds, composition and lighting. Even if your a beginner you should have a solid background about the basics of photography.

Read the Rules – Quite often, entries are disallowed over the simplest of things. Reading the rules should be the first step even before starting anything else. A perfect start means a perfect ending.

To see how John Warton, senior photo editor at Photo Laureates reviews photographs and meet, go to www.thephotochallenge.com.

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