Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 was held on 28 June 2018 last year with three exciting themes; SOLITUDE, SIMPLICITY and GLOW! Azril Azam Bin Abdul Rahim and Timothy John Low, share their experiences participating in last year’s PhotoMarathon and some valuable tips on conquering this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon XVII 2019 in this article!
Tips from Azril Azam Bin Abdul Rahim, Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 BEST OF SHOW (Open Category)
Canon PhotoMarathon is a very unique competition for all photography enthusiasts or professionals. During the competition, everyone will have the same starting point to begin with which gives each person an equal chance to win. The competition format challenges every photographer to come out of their comfort zones to capture a specific theme in a given amount of time. Here are a few tips that you can keep in mind when participating in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon XVII 2019:
1. Understand and respect the “Time pressure”.
Keep the composition of your photo simple by practising a lot and shooting new concepts prior to Canon PhotoMarathon XVII 2019 to capture stunning shots in a stipulated amount of time.
SOLITUDE – Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 BEST OF SHOW (Open Category) by Azril Azam Bin Abdul Rahim
2. Create a WOW composition.
Remember, capturing the right moment beats any creative composition and breaks all photography rules. But a good random moment can be very hard to find. To overcome this, create (or fake) the moment or fallback to a creative composition that you can use as a template which includes multi-exposure, selective colours, motion blur and more.
SIMPLICITY – Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 BEST OF SHOW (Open Category) by Azril Azam Bin Abdul Rahim
3. Be selective with your choice of colours.
Choose exciting colours that will draw the most attention. Understanding how colours work will help as well. If you feel like your composition is not working well with the colours, then it is safer to have a black and white composition.
SOLITUDE – Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 BEST OF SHOW (Open Category) by Timothy John Low
SIMPLICITY – Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 BEST OF SHOW (Open Category) by Timothy John Low
3. Read up
There is always something new and interesting to learn. Examples of great reading material include photography blogs and magazines, such as fstoppers.com, iso1200.com, and eosworld.canon.com.sg! Sometimes, they feature works from other photographers that could inspire you!
GLOW – Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 BEST OF SHOW (Open Category) by Timothy John Low