Get your cameras ready for ‘Click! Weld County’
November 14, 2012
Greetings fellow shutter bugs. If you are not aware by now it is time again for The Tribune's annual "Click!" photo contest.
Even if you are just starting to learn about photography, the "Click!" photo contest is a great way to show off your creativity. I have been a part of "Click!" for more than 13 years now. I have seen some incredible images produced by Weld County residents throughout the years. Last year alone, we had more than 1,000 images entered. I have seen my share of flowers, sunsets and pets, just to name a few.
Being a judge in the contest has always been a challenge because of the large number of quality shots. I am going to give everyone a few tips on how to improve your chances of getting that prize-winning image.
» The first tip is to not use your camera phone. I know it is easy and always available, but the quality and resolution can be very poor.
» Try to use a camera that has interchangeable lenses and manual settings.
» When taking photos, make sure you change your perspective or the way you view the subject matter.
» Try not to pose your subjects. If you can capture a moment without staging it, the photo will better relate to everyone.
» Most of the past winning photos in the "Click!" contest have been of people and places in Weld County. Although photos of flowers and sunsets are always nice to see, I have never seen one win the "Best of Show" category. As a judge, I am looking for what represents living in Weld County.
The Tribune has changed the times for when you can shoot the photos. This year we choose the fall, which I believe is the best time of year. Remember photos taken between Oct. 24 and Nov. 25 of this year will qualify. You have until Nov. 25 to submit your entries.
If you are a teacher, this contest would be a great way challenge your students and, at the same time, teach creative thinking. But the most important thing to remember is to just have fun. So get those shutters clicking and show what it means to live in Weld County.