Have you taken a good photograph in Ongar this year which includes flowers, plants or trees?

If yes you could be one of the the winners of the first Ongar in Bloom/Ongar News Photographic Competition and scoop a prize donated by Ongar News. Plus your photo would be published in next year’s Ongar Town Guide or the Ongar News. 

 All levels of photography welcome - you can send snaps from a phone camera or a top of the range camera. Please send your entries to ongarinbloom@icloud.com

See poster opposite for more info.

Top Tips for Excellent Competition Photos

based on an article by Chris Chant of Ongar News

1. Camera shake 

No matter how expensive your camera or wonderful your subject if your camera shakes when you press the button, the subject in your photo will be blurred and the photo will be unusable.

If you are standing then make sure your feet are comfortably apart, one slightly in front of the other and keep you elbows close your body. Even better is to find somewhere to rest your hands as you hold the camera such as a table or lean against a wall or post if available.

2. Maximise your subject in the photo 

You should do this by moving closer to your subject or if not by zooming in if your camera can do this.  If you are taking a shot of a flower, shrub or tree hold the camera the best way up to fill the frame with the subject. Often the background will tend to blur highlighting your photo nicely.

3. One third

Try positioning the most interesting part of your photo one third from the edge.    For example if you are taking a wide shot, position the horizon either one third up from the bottom (if the sky is the most interesting element) or one third from the top (if the land is the most interesting element)

4. What height to hold your camera?

The height you hold your camera when shooting can really help your photo look good. When taking a non-person shot try positioning the camera low down on the floor (on a bag perhaps) and if you can find a nice object in front of your main subject this will really add to the appeal of your photo. 

5. Maximum resolution

You should always take photos with your camera set to the maximum resolution. No amount of processing will bring back lost quality. Remember every time you 'save' a photo either in your camera or each time you use software to change it the quality will degrade. 

6. Careful cropping!

Once your photo is in the computer - if you feel you must use software to change it - then do all the changes at the same time and then 'save'.  Multiple changes and 'saves' will degrade the photo’s quality and may make it unusable to print. If a photo is taken too far away and then it is cropped you can lose half of your photo quality.

7. Emailing your photos

Most phone cameras do this from the photo app. Just look for the “share” symbol. If you are not using a phone camera you will need to upload your photos to a computer via an SD card. Then you will need to send your photo as an attachment using your email account. If your phone or email account asks what size to send the photo file choose medium or large and not small. If you choose small, the image will be compressed and will not print satisfactorily.