Photographic competitions

Photographic competitions

Here is a big comment, but I believe that all photographers calling themselves professional should be entering at least one professional photographic competition a year. If you are a member of that AIPP then it is a requirement of maintaining your membership to enter into the APPA’s. Why do I say this? We have learnt so much from the competitions that we have entered and we have had a bit of success. We have also had a few disappointments along the way as well so it does balance out. I will admit we have been professional photographers for 8 years, but only started entering the competitions last year. That was definitely a mistake and in the end, slowed our progress. What better way is there than to get people with huge amounts of experience and technical skills to assess your work. There are however, a couple of problems with the APPA’s. Firstly it is very expensive to enter into the competition and secondly, and my point with this blog, is that you actually need to get the feedback from the judges to really benefit from the competition. That means you not only have the cost of entry, cost of the print and matting and the cost of posting to where ever the location is that year, you also have to travel to the judging. Costly from Townsville and there is also the time factor as well. This is one of the reasons that I love the International Loupe Awards, (Google if interested). Entry is only $35/image, unlimited entry’s and when you get the result you also get the judges...

Beginner photography and Photoshop Courses

Hi all Leiden Studios is excited to announce the dates of the first basic photography and Photoshop courses to be conducted from our studios in Annandale. Basic SLR Operations & Image Capture Saturday 24th November and 2st December 9.00am- 12.00am 1. Understanding the controls on an SLR2. Basic Camera Settings3. Basic Exposure Participants must have an SLR camera. Cost of Course:  $185.00 Basic Photoshop Saturday 24th November and 2th December 1.00pm – 4.00pm 1. Setting up Photoshop2. Basic Work flow3. Working with adjustment layers4. Blend Modes. Participants will need a copy of Photoshop and a laptop. Leiden Studios will have a some spare computers but will be limited in their availability. Cost of Course:  $185.00 Enrol in Both:  $300.00 Seats are limited so book quickly. Malcolm is currently completing a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. He has been a photographer for over 20 years, firstly as chief medical photographer at Queensland Medical Laboratories in Brisbane. He and Kellie started Leiden Studios in 2005 and have built the business to what it is now. We are and award winning wedding, portrait and sports photography business. The idea of the course is to teach people how to see light, and then take an image capture that can be printed into a fine art work. Leiden Studios has a printer capable of printing onto fine art paper, so let us see what North Queensland is capable of. We hope to have a gallery of student work on display after the first course. Interested students should call the Leiden Studios office during office hours or email to register your interest. Places are filling...

Low Light Photograph

Welcome to Leiden Studios first educational post. This image was actually posted on Facebook late last year with some of the details that go with the image, but I thought it was a great way to start a discussion about how Leiden Studios goes about it’s image creation. Nicole was one of our beautiful brides from last year. The image was taken on the second floor of Cactus Saloon in Flinders Street Townsville and our thanks goes to Cactus Saloon for the use of their premises. A lot of what we do could not be done without the co-operation of the clubs and pubs around Townsville. The basic set up has a door to the left of Nicole that goes out onto a deck and provides a natural light source coming across her from left to right. She is place next to the door with her head turned towards the light source. Having her face the other way would put her face into shadow and would need to be corrected by either filling with flash or video light or similar, or a reflector. The last option would still be difficult to get enough light into her face. Most of our photography is done in “manual” mode with the highlight alert set to on. Weddings are all about the dress and nothing spoils a shoot more that over exposing the dress and losing detail, especially if a lot of money has been spent on the dress. We also shoot all our images in “raw” rather than jpgs as this retains all the details of the image and allows us to make...