Winning Photo of the $120,000 HIPA Prize Controversy

The fact that the photographer has set it up instead of looking for a natural moment has caused much controversy.

At the HIPA award, the winning photo of Malaysian photographer Edwin Ong Wee Kee generated mixed opinions because it was staged. According to Picsofasia, this raises the issue of “industrial” photographers capturing arranged scenes then submitting them to contests with the hope of winning and being famous.

Etienne, the founder of Picsofasia, said the beautiful photo taken in Vietnam has spread widely, but its backstage has surprised many people. During a photo tour, the group of more than 10 travel photographers gathered around the only subject – the woman and the child – shooting at almost the same angle. The woman seems to be used to posing as well.

If you learn about travel and photography, you can confirm that this is not the right way to capture people. The story is more attractive when one has submitted to HIPA and won the prize. On the contest website, the photo is described as the emotion of a Vietnamese mother with a language disorder but still optimistic to transmit strength to her son. However, after looking behind the scenes, many people quipped that perhaps it should be changed into the feeling of a Vietnamese mother when disturbed by rude people. The face of the mother evokes a real sense of discomfort.

There won’t be much discussion about the photographer’s quality and image processing skills because it’s too good. The problem lies behind that. After this award-winning work, it is likely that other people also want to travel to the northern mountains of Vietnam, looking for a poor-looking woman who is hugging the baby, shooting, blurring the background and using the work that goes to the exam.

Common photo contests are now primarily for commercial purposes instead of photography alone. It is mostly not marked by a team of judges who are really knowledgeable about travel and photography. The result is a high award that is often given to a boring moment, usually a copy of the idea of ​​the previously taken work. A professional travel photographer will know that but these competitions are not.

Sports Photography Tips

Sports photography is one of the most difficult techniques in photography. Because actions often occur in the blink of an eye, it is very difficult to capture photos of a sports match that conveys emotions completely. However, with the sports photography tips below, you will have impressive photos.

1. Learn the rules of the game

It is important to understand the rules of the sport you intend to take pictures. The better you know your game, the better your images are. Learn the rules of the sport, the best shooting position, the type of image you need and the device to use.

2. Prepare carefully

Try to prepare not only from the shooting angle but also about your physicality. You can stand or sit, but shooting at low angles also tends to produce more impressive shots. Don’t forget to bring clothes for weather conditions. You should bring a raincoat in case it suddenly rains.

3. Change the format

The large image file takes a lot of time to process and increases the standby time before you can take the next photo. When it comes to sports photography, it is best to use compression formats like JPEG. Most compact cameras will only shoot JPEGs but DSLR cameras will probably shoot RAW.

4. Change the autofocus mode

 

To capture sharp action shots, you need to switch to autofocus mode. The camera will continuously adjust the focus when tracking a moving subject. This mode is also a predictive mode. It focuses on where it believes the object will go through. The camera will continuously adjust the focusing distance when the subject moves.

5. Do not review the photos you have taken

Many people even professional photographers make this mistake. Other sports photography is a completely different area of portrait photography or outdoor photography. In a sports match, if you take a picture and watch it again later, you may have missed a good moment.

5 Ways To Create A Professional Photos

It is difficult to guide how to create professional photos as this usually requires years of practice. However, if you apply some of the instructions in this article even though you are newly started. You will also find some ways to improve your products without much effort.

1. INSIDE THE BEAUTIFUL BEAUTY
Light is first mentioned because many beginners with photography do not care about light sources, as opposed to professional photographers, who are almost obsessed with the element. Therefore, light is the most important thing to make a professional photograph.
So how does light become so interesting? First of all, it will be far from what the naked eye sees. Second, light highlights the subject and expresses the subject in the best possible way.
There are many ways to create a light portrait that appeals to the viewer. Simply place the model in the shade, or in the dark, and use the light source on the face. It is also a good way to get back to the shadows, when dark areas will not shine on the face of the sample.
On outdoor shooting, the time of day is something you have to keep in mind. 95% of my portfolio’s outdoor shots were taken at dawn or dusk, dark. And as stated earlier, newcomers do not choose by the time of day, they often shoot at light like noon. The above are extremely practical and useful tips.

2. SUPERIORITY
There are many factors that affect the sharpness of the image, so when a picture is missing sharpness it is difficult to find the cause. But I found out after thousands of training of practitioners, the main reason lies in the wrong focus.
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3. THINKING LIGHT
Exposure means the brightness or darkness of a photograph. This is the first lesson that all photographers must learn.
Digital cameras work very well at neutral exposure, but the fact that exposure at this level is not the best. For example, supposed you are portraying someone for a sunny day. The camera will darken the face and brighten the scene. Neutral exposure here is the mid-section for the face and the scene.
But with the mind of a photographer, you know that the face is more important than the scene, so you have to exposing the light to the face and keep the scene bright. Make your photos real, not a neutral image.

4. KEY FEATURES
Emotion is a detail or forgotten, but personally I find that, that is the key to the success of a visual work. Before you press, you should ask yourself “What image will convey to viewers?”
By asking yourself this question, you will not make the mistake of portraying someone with emptiness. You will realize that the expressiveness of the sample will not contain emotions and you must change. And that also happens when shooting scenes. Look at the picture of a bird in front of the sunset and you will find that too much exposure will not bring a peaceful feeling to the viewer.

5. DIGITAL DESIGN
Digital style is the application of some functions of Photoshop and Lightroom that allows photographers to fine-tune color, contrast and exposure for their products.