This fortnight the Photoh groups have been learning all about using manual settings on their cameras.
This fortnight's challenge was a chance for everyone to use their camera's histogram, and aim to correctly expose a photograph without the aid of editing software afterwards.
We were looking for entries that demonstrate the use of careful control when in situations where there could be harsh light, or areas of darkness and brightness in one shot.
Judging is now only done for first and second place winners only. Any feedback on images can be sought in our Facebook groups during Critique Me Tuesday, both before and after the competitions, just be sure to tag the instructor in each group, who is identified each Tuesday night.
To see all of the photography competition entries, head to the album on the Photoh Facebook page here.
The finalists this fortnight are:
Deborah Forbes, Adelaide
Melissa Brown, Brisbane
Paul Drinkwater, Melbourne
Sancia White, Perth
Sandra Kennedy, Perth
Bala Krishnan, Sydney
Margaret McLennan, Sydney
The winner this fortnight is...Sandra Kennedy from Perth Congratulations Sandra, you have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!
We were seriously impressed by Sandra's shot of the pelican gliding across the water, and how she has used her camera's settings to not only capture the bird in focus, but also correctly exposed. It can be tricky dealing with flare and brightness when photographing water, but Sandra has chosen the right camera settings in this situation, resulting in a great photo.
And in second place we have...Margaret McLennan from Sydney, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher.
There are so many dark tones and details to capture in this scene with those beautiful animals, and Margaret has ensured that none of that detail is lost. The settings that she has used has complimented both the rich darkness of the fur, as well as retaining texture in the stone wall behind.
The challenge for next fortnight is 'Focusing on the Foreground', and we'll be looking at how you use the aperture settings when composing a photograph, and how you are selecting which part of the photo is in focus.
You can get creative with what you place in focus and also introduce techniques such as bokeh.
Entries opened on Friday the 9th February and will close on Thursday the 22nd February at 23:59 AEST.
To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city. First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.