APOY 2014 Round 1 - Street Life - Street Photography

APOY 2014 Round 1 – Street Life

Please visit the APOY 2014 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 28 March 2014

The theme for round 1 is Street Life. First prize is an Olympus OM-D E-M10 silver kit with 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom, plus a 45mm f/1.8 portrait, 40-150mm zoom and 9mm fisheye lenses, a macro adapter and a street case. Second prize is an Olympus PEN E-PL5 with a twin-lens zoom kit (14-42mm and 40-150mm). Third prize is an Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Ultra Zoom.

The theme for the opening round of this year’s Amateur Photographer of the Year is Street Life – pictures of people going about their everyday life in the cities, towns and villages where they live.

Street photography is as popular as it ever was and is easily accessible to all photographers. Even if we don’t live in a street alongside other people, we almost certainly travel to, and work in, places where the rich tapestry of street life chugs on like a well-oiled machine. All you have to do is photograph it, and show the rest of the world what happens in that location.

There can be a great temptation to head to the biggest, most bustling place you can, but you don’t need to. Street pictures can be shot as easily beside the quiet and seemingly empty village post office as they can among the maddening crowds that stream past the Bank of England.

This round is about capturing the atmosphere of a place, and to do that a picture needs to show that place and what goes on there. We don’t have to be able to detect where the picture was taken, but we do need to get a feel for what it is like to be there and what sort of people we’d be likely to meet.

Photo by Damien Demolder

How to enter

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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.

 
First Prize
The first-prize winner

will receive an Olympus

OM-D E-M10 with a 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom, a 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens, a

40-150mm zoom, a 9mm fisheye lens, a macro adapter and a street case in which

to carry it all. That’s a total retail price of £1,200. The E-M10 has a

16.1-million-pixel, four thirds-sized CMOS sensor and a TruePic VII image

processing system.

The 1.44-million-dot EVF displays a 100% field of view and

has a 120fps refresh rate. The 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom lens is the most compact

pancake lens and has a maximum shooting magnification equivalent of 0.45x in

the 35mm format. The 45mm f/1.8 portrait optic is ideal for low-light portrait

work without flash. The 40-150mm zoom has high-speed AF and MSC technology, and the 9mm fisheye lens is ideal for capturing wide angle scenes.

 Second Prize
The second-prize winner

will receive an Olympus PEN

E-PL5 camera plus a 14-42mm and 40-150mm twin-lens zoom kit worth £500. Despite

its small size, the E-PL5 offers serious image quality with its powerful 16.1-million-pixel

sensor and a new OM-D component in the TruePic VI image processor. The camera

has lightning-fast autofocus and a compact design.The camera also boasts a

touch sensitive LCD screen and full HD video.

Third Prize
The third-prize winner

will receive an Olympus

Stylus SP-100EE Ultra Zoom camera, with an impressive 16-million-pixel sensor

and 3in LCD screen. The camera includes a handy autofocus lock so that you need

never lose a shot due to fuzzy focusing. The camera also features a 50x optical

Ultra Zoom lens with a focal length ranging from 24mm to 1,200mm, and built-in

Dot Sight to make it easier to focus precisely on distant subjects

Somes suggestions from Damien Demolder to help you get started

Why not try…

Photo by Damien Demolder

Different Angles
About 98% of pictures are taken by a photographer holding a

camera at about head height and giving us all a very ordinary view of the

world. Make your pictures stand out! Shooting from waist-level is a good start,

and for a more dramatic angle you could place the camera close to the ground –

I use the end of my shoe for stability and so the camera doesn’t have to graze

the pavement. Those couple of inches off the deck give enough lift that the

paving doesn’t have to start right in front of the lens.

From low down, people suddenly become taller than the

buildings around them, and we can introduce a mild air of fantasy and wonder,

even though what you have included in the frame is still factually sound.

Photo by Damien Demolder

Shapes and Lines

Every man-made street structure that we see is made from

lines and shapes, and we should make the most of them to create impact and

excitement in our pictures. Look out for the drama of the edge of a kerb that

darts diagonally across the frame, or the wall of a car park that leads the eye

to the figure coming down the stairs. Look for patterns that get broken, such

as a wall made from a grid of blocks that is disrupted by the spherical form of

a human head passing by. Office blocks are structures waiting to come to life

with the intersection of the edges of the people that inhabit that place.

There’s a whole world of opportunity.

Photo by Damien Demolder

Interesting Light

It goes without saying that the most successful images will be made with

interesting light. Although light still comes from the sun during the day, the

street photographer is not beholden to the characteristics of the sky to determine

the kind of light on offer. We can travel to places with interesting light, and

find directional light even on an overcast day. Light gets funnelled between

buildings, and through tunnels and under bridges. On a clear day, we get can

use this directional light to highlight our subjects with a powerful orange

beam while keeping the rest of the frame in shadow (particularly when using

exposure compensation). Light can also pass through windows and bounce from

glass to create multi-angled effects. Also remember that long shadows can make

great subjects

Please visit the APOY 2014 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 28 March 2014