APOY 2013 Round Four - Interior Architecture

APOY 2013 – Round Four – Interior Architecture

Please visit the APOY 2013 home page to find all the rules for entry, terms and conditions, the APOY ENTRY EMAIL ADDRESS, and the disclaimers that must be copied and pasted into an email entry.

Entries must be received by 5pm on 31 May 2013

Round 4 of this year’s Amateur Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Panasonic, is Interior Architecture (inside man-made structures). We’re all familiar with images of classic and modern architecture. Walk through any city or town and you’ll soon see why photographers are attracted to the exteriors of these brilliant man-made structures. But what about inside? For this round, we want you to train your lens on the most interesting interiors you can discover. See below for some advice and ideas on what to look out for.


Photo By Alexander Moore

We have thousands of pounds’ worth of fantastic camera equipment up for grabs, as well as the chance to be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013.. The closing date for round 4 is 31 May 2013. First prize is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS and Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Asph lenses worth a total of £1,347.98. Second prize is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 worth £469.99. Third prize is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 worth £119.99. That’s a prize package worth £1,937.96! The top 30 photographs will be published in our 29 June issue, while the scores from the top 50 images will be posted on our website.

How to enter
Please visit the APOY 2013 home page for information explaining how to enter. Please use your full name as the file name and paste

the disclaimer into the body of your email if you are sending your entry to us

electronically. We also need to know where and how you took your image, plus

the camera and lens used with aperture and focal-length details. Remember to

include a telephone number and your postal address so we can contact you if you

win.

What images do

you think of when someone says the word architecture? No doubt your mind

instantly jumps to the grand exterior architecture of a cathedral or the slick

modern designs often found in major cities. But for this round we want you to

try something different. Walk through the doors of a building and take a look

round. Within those walls you can find countless opportunities, from the

graphic shapes of a spiralling staircase to the quiet atmosphere of an

abandoned building. Interior architecture is a genre we perhaps don’t see

enough of, so this is a great opportunity to explore this neglected facet of

photography. Images can be found in the home, public locations, abandoned

buildings (make sure you seek permission and stay safe) and even your own

garden shed. Looking around these places your photographic instinct will kick

in and you’ll soon begin to see that every one of these locations is capable of

delivering some fantastic images. Where you shoot doesn’t matter. You’re also

free to shoot in either colour or black & white. There are no hard-and-fast

rules here. This is your opportunity to show us the most interesting interiors

you can find.

1st prize
The first-prize

winner will receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm

f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS and Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Asph lenses worth £1,347.98

The G5 is a digital single-lens mirrorless camera with a 16.05-million-pixel,

four thirds, Live MOS sensor. It has 6fps high-speed continuous shooting, a

3in, 920,000-dot articulated LCD touchscreen, and a 1.44-million-dot EVF.

Other

features include a Venus 7 HD II engine so noise is well controlled even at

high ISO sensitivities, plus full-area focusing and pinpoint AF for accurate

framing. The Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Asph lens has a bright f/1.4 maximum

aperture that provides superb image quality with minimum distortion, plus a

beautiful soft focus.

 

2nd prize
The second-prize

winner will receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 worth £469.99. This high-spec

compact camera has a 10.1-million-pixel High -Sensitivity MOS sensor, f/1.4-2.3

(24-90mm equivalent) Leica Vario-Summilux lens and full manual control. The LX7

also features a built-in 3-stop ND filter, Creative Control with 16 artistic

effects, such as radial defocus and smooth defocus, plus a number of versatile

shooting features, including time-lapse shot.The LX7 can record full HD video

in either AVCHD at 50fps or in MP4 at 25fps.

 

3rd prize
The

third-prize winner will receive a recently launched Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 (in

white) worth £119.99. Panasonic claims that the 16.1-million-pixel XS1 has the

world’s slimmest body profile, and it’s certainly skinny with a 14mm-deep body.

Its 5x optical zoom with 24mm ultra-wideangle lens and tiny form make the XS1

the ultimate carry-it-with-you-everywhere camera. Other features include Mega

OIS, HD video, and a host of creative artistic features and functions,

including 180° panorama mode.

 

Here are some

tips and suggestions to help you get started

Why not try…


Photo by Pat Burns

A Sense Of Scale
It should go without saying

that architecture is always made with people in mind. The ways that people

interact and function within a space is of vital importance. When shooting

inside a building, you should treat it much in the same way you would a natural

landscape that features a wildlife subject The same compositional rules apply

and the interaction between a subject and its environment still provides

context. This is particularly important when you begin to shoot people within

your chosen location. Including people in your shot is a great way to

demonstrate the scale of your location. When you feature people within your

shots, you can show just how awe-inspiring some architecture can be, both

classical and modern.


Photo by Ben Ghibaldan

Light And Shape
A

good rule of thumb with most, if not all, photography is that when faced with a

scene you must break it down into its most basic graphic elements. The world is

made up of the most simple geometric shapes and this is particularly true of

man-made objects. Buildings are simply a series of interconnected shapes, and once

you learn to see that you will find the process of taking photographs that much

easier. Learning how the light interacts with these shapes is another crucial

element of developing a photographic eye. Light and architecture can provide a

great number of excellent images. Something as simple as windowlight can be

very beautiful.


Photo by Shanon Moratti 

Colour VS Monochrome
Black

& white’s greatest virtue is that it can help to reduce the distractions

that colour can sometimes bring to an image. Monochrome images reveal a

location’s most graphic nature and allow you to concentrate on the tones and

shapes of a subject. This is particularly crucial with architecture because, as

mentioned above, buildings consist of a basic interaction of shapes. However,

that’s not to say colour has no place within architecture photography – quite

the opposite. Take a walk through any opulent cathedral and the presence of

colour is almost overwhelming. The interaction between colour, light and shape

are a basic tenet of art, so keep your eyes open.

Please visit the APOY 2013 home page to find all the rules for entry, terms and conditions, the APOY ENTRY EMAIL ADDRESS, and the disclaimers that must be copied and pasted into an email entry.

Entries must be received by 5pm on 31 May 2013