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#1 Eric Mayer

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 02:53 PM

Welcome to the July 2016 Installment of our Casita Club Monthly Photography Contest!   This month is a bit different, but should be interesting.

 

This month's subject is:

 

"My Best Photography Tip - With an Example"

 

The images posted must be an example of one of your best photography tips.  It can be lighting, camera settings for certain types of images, equipment, etc.

 

Please read the rules and requests below, then post up your image in this thread!

 

The winner of this month's contest will receive a $25.00 gift card to Amazon and one short-sleeve Casita Club T-Shirt with a back print.

 

Feel free to post comments in this thread as well!

 

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The rules are quite simple and may change depending on the month and subject.

 

General Rules:

 

1)  Any photographs submitted must be owned by the member submitting the image and only one image per contest can be submitted per member.  HDR images are allowed.

2)  Images should be a minimum of 650 pixels on the longest side, if possible.

3)  The winning image may be re-posted on the front page, after the approval from the owner of the image. 

4)  Submissions to the Monthly Photography Contest may begin after the monthly topic has been posted, until the end of the month.  Submissions must be either uploaded to The Casita Club Forums, or embedded from an outside website by the owner of the image.  No outside text links to images will be allowed.

5)  All submissions will be listed and voted on by The Casita Club membership at the end of the month.

6)  The winner of the monthly contest will receive a prize to be determined by The Casita Club and listed within the monthly topic thread. 

7)  In order to give more people a chance at winning, individual members can only win once every 3 months.

8)  The winning images will be included in a **once-a-year prize**, to be determined by The Casita Club and listed within the separate quarterly voting thread. (this was changed on 10/01/2014)

9)  The Casita Club, or anyone associated with the owners of the CasitaClub.com website do not and will not claim any type of ownership or license of any images or photographs submitted to The Casita Club Forums.  Eric Mayer will be able to submit an image, but that image will not be included in the monthly votes.

 

Contest Requests:

 

I would love for folks to learn from the photographs posted here.  So, as much information as can be provided would be appreciated.  This includes some background information about the photograph, your camera, lens and settings, as well as any other information you feel would be beneficial.

 

Good luck to anyone who enters!  Feel free to ask any questions in this thread:  http://www.casitaclu...-photo-contest/

 

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#2 The Eggstraterrestrial

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 04:58 PM

I work as a freelance videographer but I went to school for documentary filmmaking and photojournalism. The most important lesson I ever learned was to always have a camera by my side. It doesn't matter if it's your smartphone, disposable 35mm, Leica, or less than reliable Super 8 from the 1960's, because you never know when you're going to have a chance to capture "that moment".

"That moment" could be shafts of light poking through the redwoods on a smoky morning after walking your dog or a full grown bison charging your car. It doesn't matter what it is, just that you are prepared to capture it.

My second best tip: ditch the lens cap and buy a UV filter. You won't regret it.

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#3 wrogers

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 07:01 PM

Learn Photoshop and shoot in  raw if your camera has this function!

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#4 vermilye

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 09:36 AM

Since I love low light/long exposure  photography, my tip is to get outside after dark.  This image is a composite of 4 images taken with a Nikon D700 & an AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens at 17mm, 30 seconds @ f:2.8, ISO 3200.  The images were merged using the Lightroom panorama tool, and adjusted in Photoshop.

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#5 Plainsman

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 10:55 AM

Ive done a lot of portrait work in my career: from business executives to cowboys and almost everybody in between. Few amateurs work with people because its scary, intrusive, and revealing of everybody involved in the process. But theres almost no subject as rewarding as out human brothers and sisters.

My tip for photographing people has several parts. First, be honest. Don;t sneak around for candids. Approach your subject forthrightly and in a friendly manner, ask for a picture, and then work with them to get a good one. People usually like to be photographed are flattered to be asked as long as you dont come on like the guy in the trench coat. If possible be sure they get a print, but if you say youre going to get them one, then DO IT.

Even when people agree to be photographed they are likely to be a bit about shy and uneasy about the process. Heres a trick I have used for years with great success. Ask them to close their eyes and look down. Then ask them to open their eyes and slowly look up at you.
It works!

Good people-pictures come from respecting your subject.

This is Bill, an old cowboy who has seen the elephant.

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 05:55 PM

and ridden horses, I bet.....


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#7 Plainsman

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 06:19 PM

BIll is so bow-legged he could be a croquet wicket!
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#8 Wally Z

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 08:06 PM

My tip would be to always remember to take off the lens cover. :P

 

 

 

 


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Posted 10 July 2016 - 04:34 AM

Don't laugh, Wally! Any Leica users here? :)
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#10 Possum

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 05:18 PM

I have to agree 100% with Eggstraterrestrial with the tip of always having a camera with you.  I have often wished there was some way to install a camera behind my eyes so that something like two blinks would take the photo of what I was looking at.  I almost always have at least one camera with me no matter where I go or what I'm doing.  An unexpected sunset or rainbow would be forever lost.  Don't get caught saying "boy, I wish I had my camera with me for this".  This eagle photo was taken while fishing from a boat one day.  While the fishing was not so hot, this photo made it all worth while.  Had I not had the camera with me, it would have only been a memory in my mind.  A second tip that I might offer is to always try to take more than just one shot of any given subject no matter what it is.  In this digital age, it is so easy to delete the bad ones and keep the very best.  You never know when someone might blink, something goes on in the background you were not aware of or any number of other things that could spoil a once in a lifetime photo op.

 

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 08:35 AM

I'm not the photographer, merely a 'picture taker'. But my husband is a very good one. The one tip that I have learned to nag him about is:

 

Watch Your Settings. (repeat three times)


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Posted 20 July 2016 - 10:10 AM

Great  picture Possum! And your tip to always have a camera is right on. It's kind of hard sometimes, especially here in the south, to take that high dollar electronic gizmo of a camera and leave it in a hot car all day. I try not to cry to much when a photo op passes and I don't have my camera but there are those days...................

 

Meadowlark, that has been the worst part of going digital, all the different settings that can be had that just weren't there in the 35mm days. Good tip!


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Posted 20 July 2016 - 04:54 PM

This tip really belongs to Ansel Adams, take 4 pictures everyday.  With our modern cameras you can raise the numbers by 10 easily.

 

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#14 Eric Mayer

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 06:59 AM

I'm still completing my move to Idaho, so I'm going to keep this up for a little while longer until I can get some real internet to set-up the voting and new contest.

 

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 07:33 AM

Eric

 

Kool move to Idaho! Beautiful country and friendly folks.  What part of the state?

 

I lived there for 3 years back in the 70s and returned often in the 80s to go skiing. 


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