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Canon Presents Its Fourth Annual ‘Photography in the Parks’ Photo Contest

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

As springtime rolls in, Canon U.S.A., Inc., is encouraging Americans to visit their national parks and photograph their beauty with its fourth annual Canon Photography In The Parks Photo Contest. The contest invites photography enthusiasts, from May 15th to September 30th, 2009, to enter by submitting their “Inspirational Nature Images,” the theme for this year’s contest. Photos taken at any park or monument in America can be entered through the Canon Digital Learning Center Web site. New this year, Canon will have two contest divisions for photographers between the ages of 13 and 17, and a separate division for adults ages 18 and older. This will enhance the contest experience by allowing aspiring teen photographers to compete amongst their peers.

“Through our Photography in the Parks Photo Contest, we have seen a great number of awe-inspiring outdoor images submitted from around the country. It is during these beautiful spring and summer months that we all should take the time to go outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A. “As an environmentally conscious organization, we encourage everyone to enjoy the beauty of nature, and work to protect it.”

After entering their photos through the Canon Digital Learning Center, potential contest winners will have the opportunity to forward an e-postcard of their submitted images to friends and family as a fun way to share their photographs. Winning photographers from the Photography in the Parks Photo Contest will receive some of Canon’s hottest photographic equipment. Along with some of Canon’s hottest equipment, the Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to a National Park.

As part of Canon’s Parks Program, a team of photographers will be touring four National Parks from June through August. At each park, the Canon team will host free photography workshops and provide Canon’s top-of-the-line camera equipment for participants to use at no charge. Each class will teach various photography techniques and explore many of the camera functions as participants take a walking tour of the park. Visit www.usa.canon.com/parks for details and a schedule of workshops.

Online visitors and Web surfers are encouraged to browse the Canon Digital Learning Center and take advantage of the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a schedule for a wide variety of Live Learning classes across the country with renowned photographers as well as online resources and tips. The site also features online tutorials for beginners and professionals to learn their way around a digital SLR camera and inkjet printer and unlock the full creative control of digital photography.

Photo Critique 15: ‘Untitled,’ by Diego M.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Diego, my friend in Miami.

"Untitled," by Diego M. of Miami, Florida

"Untitled," by Diego M. of Miami, Florida

General Overview:
Diego, it’s too bad you don’t take photographs as much as you should. You have a good eye and you’re very creative. I wish you would get interested in photography again because I think you could have a real talent for it. I really enjoy this image because of its relative simplicity. It’s a nice, clean image with a nice use of light and shadow. The subject has an interesting texture with plays of the texture of the background it rests on. I also like the use of color in this image. It has a nice warm tone that helps tie the whole image together.

This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, there is a stray straw coming from the top of the hat on the upper right side that is driving me nuts. A little Photoshop and voilà, that’s gone.

In this edit, I used a warm filter over the entire image then added a soft filter to give it a dream-like appearance. (Photo Credit: Diego M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

In this edit, I used a warm filter over the entire image then added a soft filter to give it a dream-like appearance. (Photo Credit: Diego M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

Secondly, I think you need to give the subject a little more context. Where is it? Why is it there? Who does the hat belong to? What happened? If you can answer one or more of these questions, then you have the opportunity to make an image the audience can better connect to.

Finally, I think you should edit the photo so the colors standout a little more.

Digi, keep up the good work. Get your camera and go shoot some more.

Thanks for the submission. Good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 24, 2009 at 7:35 am

Photo Critique 14: ‘Perfect Hideaway,’ by Adri O.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Adri, my friend in Venezuela.

"Perfect Hideaway," by Adri. O. of Venezuela

"Perfect Hideaway," by Adri. O. of Venezuela

General Overview:
Adri, I really enjoy this image. I can see this image being used for advertising. It has a nice, weathered look. I love the texture on the weathered beach chair and the way it compliments the texture of the rocks. I also like the use of color in this image. It’s a nice, soothing blue tone that helps tie in the beach chair, the ocean and the sky.
This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, I think the image would look better if the beach chair filled the entire bottom right corner of the image. I think this will help set the tone for the image a little better. I also think it would help tie in the blue in the chair, the blue in the sky and the blue in the sea a little more.

Cropping and some adjustments to the color saturation makes the image standout a little more. (Photo Credit: Adri O., with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Cropping and some adjustments to the color saturation makes the image standout a little more. (Photo Credit: Adri O., with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Secondly, I think the hotspot in the middle of the chair needs to be toned down just a little. Perhaps the use of a polarizing filter or a neutral density filter will help. If you don’t have a ND filter or a polarizer, then I would suggest a little editing in Photoshop help smooth out the blown highlights.

Finally, I think you should edit the photos so the colors pop a little more.

Adri, keep up the good work. Your portfolio is expanding.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 21, 2009 at 7:06 am

Photo Critique 12: ‘Cousin,’ by Daniel M.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Daniel, my former student in Miami, Florida.

"Cousin," by Daniel M. of Miami, Florida

"Cousin," by Daniel M. of Miami, Florida

General Overview:
Danny, this is an overall nice image that has a postcard/advertising feel to it. You do a great job incorporating the subject and the background while at the same time keeping the subject apart from the background. I know it sounds strange that a subject can be both a PART of the background while SEPARATE from it, but it’s a technique used when you don’t want to lose the subject in the background but want the background to shine through as well.

This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, the people in the ocean need to be removed. Even though you’re using a shallow depth-of-field, I think they come out just a little too much and distract from the image.

The image with minor corrections. The person in the ocean is removed and the subject is more burned in. (Photo Credit: Daniel M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

The image with minor corrections. The person in the ocean is removed and the subject is more burned in. (Photo Credit: Daniel M. with edit by Jeremy W. Schneider)

Secondly, I think you need to burn in her face and body a little more. It’s just a little too underexposed.

Finally, I think you should remove a little bit of the stray hair. Some stray hairs makes the photo look whimsical. Too much and it’s distracting.

Danny, keep up the good work.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 17, 2009 at 7:35 am

Photo Critique 9: ‘Carlos,’ by Adriana O.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Adri, my friend in Venezuela.

'Carlos,' by Adriana O.

'Carlos,' by Adriana O.

General Overview:
Adri, I enjoy your portrait work. You have a great ability to make your subjects interesting and stand out. You take a simple theme and work with it to make it visually pleasing. I also like your use of colors. These colors really “pop” and help make the image even better. You present the subject in an interesting way that commands the viewer’s attention while not overpowering the viewer. You also use the subject to help with the framing. This adds another level of interest.

Good job.

Improvements
There are just a few improvements I will suggest. First, I think it would look better if you framed the subject’s head a little better. The frame made with the hands and his head are a little off from one another and I think it would have looked better either perfectly centered or way off-center so it doesn’t look accidental.

Secondly, I would suggest having the subject remove his bracelet. I think it’s a little competitive with the background color and a little distracting.

Finally, the blue color popping through in the upper left-hand corner is distracting. I would either remove it in post production or would have stretched the background a little further to remove it while shooting.

I would also recommend working with the subject to determine a facial expression. Obviously you wanted to communicate a relaxed feeling but I think the facial expression is a little more tense than what the image calls for.

Adri, you have an impressive portfolio already. Keep up the good work and you’ll have many attention-worthy images.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

March 10, 2009 at 9:30 am

Photo Critique 8: ‘Texture 1,’ by Andres L.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Andres, my friend in Miami, Florida.

'Texture 1,' by Andres of Miami.

'Texture 1,' by Andres of Miami.

General Overview:
Andy, you have a great eye for finding beauty in the ordinary. You have a great ability to present ordinary objects in a new light. That’s a talent that will help you in photography or any other artistic endeavors you choose to pursue. You also have an incredible amount of patience working in post production. This is an important aspect to digital photography and you’re learning post-production techniques quite well.

Like most images submitted for critique, I like the concept of this image because of its simplicity. You present the viewer with an attractive, pleasing look at an otherwise normal scene. You give the viewer plenty of room to roam around the scene, yet stay focused on the message you’re trying to convey. As a viewer, I feel “at home” and comfortable in your scene and want to explore it more. I want to walk down the road and see where it leads. You did a great job of convincing your viewer to look at the image and wonder “where does that go?”

Good job.

Improvements
There are just a few improvements I want to suggest. First, the object (it looks like a box) about mid-way down the road needs to be removed. You could have either moved it prior to shooting or walked past it and shot further down the path. In post production, you could easily edit the box out. Either way, it’s a little distracting to the viewer.

Secondly, I think a little more detail in the sky would have helped separate it some from the ground.

Finally, I think a little more vignetting on the top and bottom would have achieved a better look. This is a matter of opinion, though, so it’s really up to you to decide.

I would also recommend playing around with the ISO sensitivity. Perhaps a grainy look would help make the image “pop” a little more.

A quick edit removes the box and the distraction. (Photo Credit: Andres L. with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

A quick edit removes the box and the distraction. (Photo Credit: Andres L. with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Andy, you always do a great job. Keep up the good work.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

March 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Photo Critique 7: ‘Diego II,’ by Carla B.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Carla, my friend in Miami, Florida.

'Diego II,' by Carla of Miami

'Diego II,' by Carla of Miami

General Overview:
Carla, I love your portrait work because you always seem to capture an interesting aspect of your subject. Portrait work is tough because you have to find new and interesting ways to make an image, which is something you do quite well. Portraits involve finding a way to express a concept or emotion while making a visually-appealing image for your audience. This is something you do quite well.
I like the concept of this image because of its simplicity. You’re forcing the viewer to explore the subject but you’re not being “pushy” about it. Although the subject is right in your face, as a viewer, you feel a connection to the subject and not a sense of overpowering.

Great job.

Improvements
There are a few improvements I want to suggest. First, you need to work on getting the model to give you more expression. Give your model a theme or topic and let him try different facial expressions and body language to communicate the emotion. Secondly, I’m not sure about the greenish cast you gave the image, I’m assuming, in post production. This is more of a personal preference than anything and I could say I don’t like the greenish cast and 20 other people will say they do like it. But I would recommend experimenting with different looks. Finally, I would suggest experimenting with different lighting. I think directional lighting would have helped make this image “pop” a little more.

One more tip: Trying playing around with the ISO sensitivity. Perhaps a grainy look would help make a portrait like this standout a little more.

Carla, you always do a great job and I always look forward to seeing images you’ve produced.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

March 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm