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Advanced Photo Contests Techniques

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.
Aperture

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.
ISO
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.
Filters
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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