Topic Definitions

It can be any number of people in the photo doing any activity. It shouldn’t be just one person. Nor should it be a portrait.

The central thing in the photo must have something spherical on it e.g. balls, an orange is a sphere. It can also be part of a sphere such as a radar ball atop a tower. It can be part of a sphere such as dome and Can be taken from inside the sphere.

City scapes:
City scapes can be from anywhere in the city or suburbs. It should have multiple buildings.

Close ups/Flowers:
Close up photos. Try to get as close in as you can with your camera. This also includes Macro-photography which is when the image on the sensor is the same size as the real thing or larger.

Architecture / Structures:
Must show the architectural/engineering features of a building or structure such as a bridge. Avoid including people or large amounts of vegetation. The structure must be the major part of the image.

Still Life:
Static display of object(s). Any objects such as food (e.g. photos for recipes), Product advertising etc. The way the subject lit can make a big difference.

Any sporting activity. Try to catch the sports people in motion. Practice panning to blur the background.

People / Portrait including Animals:
Images of people that may range from head to full-length studies and may include accessories or backgrounds that are in character with the subject. Includes candid photographs and formal portraits.
Animal portraits are permitted provided the image is a portrait of the subject, either face on, side or silhouette but not an action or activity image. i.e. a full-length image of a show animal posing in a static position, would be acceptable but a dog jumping through hoops would not.

Single Colour:
When the topic is a single, that colour should dominate the image. If it is titles "A touch of Colour" only s small part of the image should contain that colour.

Anzac Day:
The aim of this topic is to take a photos on Anzac Day of activities related to day’s commemorations. For example if you attend the Essendon/Collingwood footy match the photo should be to with the ceremony at the start and NOT of the match.

Golden Hour:
Not Sunrise or Sunset. Golden Hour or twilight happens twice daily, at dawn and dusk. It’s approximately the hour after sunrise or the hour just before Sunset. The light is soft and warm. The aim of this exercise is NOT to take the sunrise or sunset but use the light to photograph some other subject.

Whilst street name and road signs are signs, these are not to be included among the photos for this topic. Try to be a little more imaginative.

The photo should indicate the passage of time in some way. Whilst all photos show and instant in time this should indicate a little more than that.

Your photos in the topic should give an indication of motion. e.g. a speeding cyclist where the cyclist is sharp and the background is blurred because of the motion.

An image depicting any form of industry concerned with the processing of raw materials and/or manufacture of goods in factories: eg shots of machines or buildings, or resulting effects such as smoke or steam.

All Indoors:
The photograph can be of anything as long as it was taken indoors.

Landscape/Seascape Panorama:
capture a landscape or seascape in panorama format. Panoramic Photography is capturing images on a wider format, so as to include much more than what eyes can see naturally from a point. To capture a panoramic image, one needs a wider aspect ratio so that there is a view which is unobstructed of a vaster area. The image does not have to be stitched.

In photography, a silhouette is defined as an outline that appears dark against a light background. More specifically, it is where your subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background. This is an artistic outcome that many photographers like to perfect. This effect can be achieved with any kind of bright light source, but of course the most commonly used is the sun around sunrise or sunset. The backlighting from the sun shadows everything towards you and produces this effect.

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