What Do You Think?

For this year’s competition, we streamlined our entry process and opened it up to a wider audience.

What do you think?

Today’s The Day!

We can’t wait to see what you’ve shot! Get ’em in by the end of the day…

Just Two Weeks Left!

The competition is coming down to the wire.

You have yet to get out and take a single picture.

You’re thinking of places, shots, lighting, color, safety and model releases.

Stop
Stop thinking and get out and shoot some pictures!

STOP.

Just get out there and get shooting!

Don’t Get Stuck…

These gentlemen didn’t submit an entry form and look what happened to them.

When you’re submitting your photos, please be sure to fill out the entry and model release forms for each photo you put in!

We can’t take entries without them…

Caption Writing: There Are Some Rules

Without a caption or cutline, you might never know that this is Vincent Palazzo, Jr., RI DOT construction inspector, with his grandson, Vincent T. Palazzo looking at a sinkhole in West Warwick, RI.

Did you know that captions are (next to headlines) the most read content in any publication?

And here we thought they just served to identify the folks in the picture.

Before you submit that great photo to our contest, take a read of this great article on caption writing from the University of Kansas. You might pick up some useful tips like we did!

Montana DOT: Historical Photos

Some beautiful images here, from our friends at the Montana Department of Transportation!

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Can you say “stuck in the mud”?

Tip: Lighting and Outdoor Photography

Night paving in Oklahoma.

Obvious point #1: Lighting is essential in taking a good photograph. Not many good photos are taken outside on a dark, cloudy night without a lighting source…

Obvious point #2: Source, color, intensity and direction of light all play their part in the shot. The sun, weather, time of day, even street lights and vehicles contribute to the ever-changing lighting conditions of an outdoor shoot.

So, how do you manage all that?

1. Be Prepared. This is true of any photo shoot, and it bears repeating: do your prep well in advance; scout out the location; look to see where the best angles are from the available light sources; and (we’ve said it before) be safe.

2. Be Flexible. Again, a truism when shooting, but you have to adapt to shifting shadows, annoying secondary sources, odd colors and even the subject(s) themselves. People move, too, and the best light for them doing their job, might not be the best light for you.

3. Be Equipped. Now, you don’t have to have the latest and greatest camera with 65 different lenses and an entire studio lighting set up to get a wonderful photo. In fact, that probably works against you in an outdoor setting, where you need to be light (pun intended!) on your feet. But do have a fill flash, extra batteries and a longer lens.

Here’s some more great advice on outdoor lighting from the US Navy, of all places. Enjoy.