Last Monday I entered in the first official competition at my camera club judged by an independent photographer. There were a few things I learned, like
* tone down the background of close-ups so it does not distract from the subject
* make sure to crop out disturbing light marks around the perimeter of the picture
* occasionally break the rules of composition and light - you might get away with it if it is an interesting picture
* remember it is only the opinion of the judge, with which you might not agree
* work with photoshop and RAW format for more successful post processing of your photos
* there is always some luck involved and a large dollop of what goes on in the photographer's mind
One of my photos made the last 16 (out of 60 odd), which I think is pretty good considering I am a relative beginner at competitions. I am certainly looking forward to the next one and will, in the meantime, hone my skills.
Here is the photo that got me to no. 16 titled 'Taking a Rest' (Ruddy Darter Dragonfly)
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