Some people think I’m dead, because I’ve been around so long/ Elliot Erwitt.
Elliot Erwitt is one of the most remarkable and probably recognizable photographers of the 20th century. If you have never heard about him, well, shame on you! But you have definitely seen his images that are mainly ironic and full of satire. And of course he has become known as an author of the most famous images of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and many others. Do you remember that very popular shot when Monroe was posing during the Seven-Year Itch shooting? It was taken by Erwitt. In fact Erwitt is one of the most remarkable photographers who followed principles of Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”.
It is not necessary to be a professional photographer in order to participate in different photo contests. You can easily become a participant of some competitions of this kind and use them as an opportunity to reveal your talent to the world and enter a new stage of the development of your photo skills. Here are some contests you can take part in for a start.
“Photography in the Park” contest organized by Canon requires from you to take a shot of any US park or monument. The image should no be Photoshopped or present the images of people. You can post up to ten photos and then the judges will select the best of them for public voting. The first prize is Canon equipment which costs thousands of dollars. You have an opportunity to share your works till the 30th of September.
People will always invent something interesting and entertaining in order not to get bored from life. One of the recent trends is shooting photos during a usual day of your life, provide them with brief description and post this photo report on special Internet communities “A Day in My Life” or Live Journal to make all users the witnesses of your everyday life.
The reasons for opening your private space for the observation of the others can be different. Some of us want to receive appraise of the fullness of our life and of our personal success, the others use the method of a-photo-a-day shooting to view his or her priorities and interests in life. Besides, it allows walking in some other’s shoes through the prism of his or her photos and noticing something joyful and wonderful in ordinary life. Through these photo reports you can get involved in some other’s life without ruining your own.
Everyone would probably want to take beautiful and high quality photos but it may be difficult to make a good shot at once. If you want to take the pictures that will make the others surprise and cause the wish to save them as wallpapers? The things are easier than they may seem to be at the fist sight. Here are some tip that will help you to improve your skills in photography.
Take as many photos as possible. Carry around your camera and shoot everything you find beautiful, interesting of funny. The more photos you take the more mistakes and defects on them you will see. This practice may give you more knowledge that any professional photographer.