I don’t know quite how to start this blog entry other than to just come out with it
I’ve won the Technical/Scientific Category in the 2011 International Master Photography Awards….
How cool is that
To be honest it’s left me a bit speachless, so I’ll just post some pictures of the night instead.
Thanks to TakeThatPhoto Ltd for the use of the event images taken during the evening’s ceremony and party
|Merit Certificate: Creative/Original Image||Merit Certificate: Fine Art / Pictoral|
|Merit Certificate: Fine Art / Pictoral||Category Winner : Scientific / Technical|
Well, it’s that time of the year again and I just received word that 4 pictures I submitted a couple of months ago to the annual International Master Photography Awards have been selected for the awards night.
…… which is nice
The images (along with all others selected) will be exhibited by the Master Photographers Association over the next 12 months starting from the evening of the Awards Presentation & Dinner held in Newcastle in October.
Last year I had 1 image get through which achieved a category runner up (not bad for a first outing).
So now I have to wait until a few weeks to see if any of this year’s 4 images get through to the category finals and possibly be the overall 2011 winner.
How easy is it to just point, shoot and print?
Thanks to new technology advancing rapidly, it’s becoming easier and easier to take pictures and create usable images.
But what technology can’t do are the 2 most important parts to make an amazing image.
1) Know/create what you want to shoot, compose it and light it. (the bit before)
2) Once you have your image, post-process it properly to maximise it’s impact (the bit after)
If you have your camera in auto mode like most point and shoots then it’ll try to figure out the right exposure and white balance for you. This is almost never the creative’s option (at least not for me) as you have virtually no control of the results.
What it will do is make a guesstimate and give you something to look at, although it may not be what you had in mind.
Below is an example of a point and shoot image which I processed into something usable
|Image courtesy of Andrew Winton|
This image was taken by my dad on a recent winter holiday. Not a bad way to spend Christmas Eve
He requested that I print it for him on a large canvas for his birthday (via Canvas My Art) and on initial viewing it looked like I could make something of it. It had interesting compositional elements, but it wasn’t lit so well (nothing a reflector couldn’t fix) and the JPG file I was given was big enough to work on to minimise loss of quality during editing.
It’s easy to see the difference that my simple changes made in post-production. It’s often the area that people overlook or assume it’s not important, but as you can see it can really make or break an image.
As a professional image maker I’ll try to get it right in-camera so that the (sometimes hundreds of) images I edit only require minor adjustments. The quicker we can edit the quicker we can get out there and make more images.
But, no matter how far advanced or (in)expensive our camera are, only having skill and vision in all areas will consistently return quality results.