Entering Photo Contests

Posted: December 10, 2016 in Uncategorized
Some people like the idea of photo contests and some don’t. Personally I think photo contest are fine and I’ve entered in quite a few, some local and some international, and I have been fortunate to win places in many of the contests. I think it helps you to see how your images are stacking up to the other photographers.
Now the fact that judging is very difficult and subjective, many photographers will tend to feel their images were better than the winning images. That’s something you have to deal with when submitting to contests, that you may feel that the judges picked the wrong winners.
There are tons of contests going on now a days, and many photographers are now offering contests on their websites or blogs. I have macro contests occasionally that I offer prizes from my sponsors for the winners.
Some contests charge a fee to submit and some are free to enter. Some contests may give away prize money to the winners, and some like mine are sponsors giving away prizes.
For the larger contest like Nature Best’s magazines – Windland Smith Rice International contest or the BBC wildlife magazine yearly Wildlife Photographer of the Year, these contest carry great prestige if you win.
When a photographer advertises as an “award winning” photographer, that means that he or she as won awards through contests.
I have not applied to any contests in a few years as my newer images are starting to become to overly processed for the bigger contests. The big name contests will ask for the original file if you are being considered as a winner, as they want to see that the image has as little processing as possible, other than the standard processing of sharpening, adjusting the colors and exposure.
You have to read the fine print on all contests as some will want full rights to use your winning image for advertising without any compensation for using your image. Some photographers are fine with this and some are not, so read all the contest rules to decide if you are are okay with these conditions.
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There are a lot of reasons why I like macro nature photography. We have tons of subjects to shoot close to home, subjects change through out the season, we control the light, you can get by with just one lens if you’re on a limited budget. Another advantage we have as macro photographers is that we can be more artistic. We can create abstracts with the subjects we shoot and also have the ability to create interesting artwork using the shallow depth of field. Sure landscape photographers can do some motion blurs and swirl the camera for a few interesting effects, but they can’t come close to the artistic options we have a macro photographers.
We can create interesting abstract like this one which is dew on top of a mushroom.

Or how about some cool abstracts in ice. Let’s see a landscape photographer or wildlife photographer do this.
We can take simple subjects like this Dandelion and create artistic images with shallow depth of field.

How about some Monet

Create art with rain drops in a pine tree.

Sand on a Beach.

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Feather on the Beach.

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We have unlimited opportunity to create great artwork with macro, so go be creative.

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Winter/Spring 2017 Workshops

Posted: December 8, 2016 in Uncategorized
I will be adding more so check back on the workshop link above.
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(WINTER / SPRING 2017) more workshops will be added
(SOLD OUT) Macro Boot Camp – Comfort Inn, Farmington Hills, MI  January 14,15,
(SOLD OUT) Old Car City Workshop – White, Georgia, March 24,25, Cost $299
Macro Boot Camp -Hampton Inn, Bloomington, IL, April 1,2, Cost $199
Macro Boot Camp – Elks Hall, Charlevoix, Michigan, April 8,9.
Macro Boot Camp – Orlando,Florida, April 22,23, Click on link for more info and scroll to bottom of the page to sign up. http://waynebennettphotography.com/tours/mike-moats-macro-boot-camp/
Macro Boot Camp
– Spring Hill Suites, Warrenville, IL, May 6,7, Cost $199
If you can’t make it to a workshop, I have e-books and how-to videos for sale at http://www.macrostoreonline.com
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Copying Other Photographers

Posted: December 8, 2016 in Uncategorized
In my Macro Boot Camps I teach and give examples of how to shoot many different subjects, and how to compose them in the frame. This is designed to give them ideas if they are not artistic enough to do it on their own.
Many of the photographers in these workshops will say I don’t want to copy what you are doing. I understand that feeling, as some view it as stealing someone else ideas.
Well guess what, it’s been happening since photography books first appeared of national parks and places that we travel to shoot. How many times have you seen photographer’s images that copied the images shot by Ansel Adams of Yosemite from his prints and books. People try and find the exact location where Ansel set up his tripod so they can duplicate the same shot.
We all copy at some point in time when we shoot. We copy subject matter we see other photographers shoot, and sometime even copy the exact composition of a subject.
We all start out copying some photographer’s work we like, but at some point we should try and develop our own style and look.

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Copyright Infringement

Posted: December 7, 2016 in Uncategorized
After my post yesterday talking about how I don’t like to clutter up my images with a watermark, and that a watermark is not a guarantee that it will stop someone from stealing my image, there was some discussion on the theft of images and copyright infringement.
Photographers get very upset when someone uses their image without permision.  Copyright infringement is not only happening to you and me, it happens in the music business, the movie business, and knock offs of products sold on the street of major cities.
Let’s get real, we all have, or know of someone that has rented a movie and made a copy for themselves to view later for free. Made copies of a music CD and passed it on to friends or family members.  Napster gave away millions and millions of free music downloads right out in the open for everyone to see, and it took the music industry tons of money and lawsuits to finally stop it.
My wife told me of knock offs of high end purses and watches being sold right out in the open on the streets in New York when she visited there a few years ago.
This is all copyright infringement, but yet good honest people doing the infringements don’t really think they are doing anything wrong.  So why should we be surprised when someone uses one of our images, this kind of stuff has been going on forever.
I would bet that some of the photographers that are so upset by someone using one of their images, has committed one of these infringements I just mentioned, and didn’t think it was hurting anyone.
I know that some of the people that buy my e-books or videos will make a copy and pass it on to their photo buddies, it’s going to happen the same as it happens to all artists, musicians, movie makers, product makers, it’s reality.
So I know this stuff goes on and someone somewhere may use one of my images, and I’m not going to lose any sleep over it, it’s just part of being and artist, musician, movie makes, product maker.

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