One photo – different formats

Some time ago, reading in a photo magazine* an article about using image formats to compose a photo caught my eyes.

As a summary: by choosing the aspect ratio, the photographer can significantly influence the mood of his pictures.

One example, introduced in the article, was the ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, which is mainly used in comsumer electronics that captured my interest.

city street scene at traffic lights

city street scene 3:2

Mostly we publish or print our photos in common aspect ratios. Like 3:2 or 4:3. We are used to it. But what impact will a change have on the photo? I took the same photo and cropped it to the CinemaScope format 21:9

street scene 21:9

See the difference!

So, how about checking your photos? Too ordinary to show it? Try the ultra-wide format and see, wether it adds a new touch to the photo!

Upload your result in our section 21:9 Format

 

*The article has been published in Colorfoto 11/2020

Photo Challenge: Movement

ghost rider - night traffic

ghost rider – Photographer: Martyfoto

Movement

Our new Photo Challenge sets a focus on movement. Often we take pictures with fast exposure time to freeze any movements, avoiding blurred parts in the picture. Especially in sports photography photographers are striving to get the details of movement, you otherwise would never get to see.

On the other side its quite interesting to make movements a special effect in your picture with an eye-catching impact. To capture movement is the new task for our Photo Challenge. Its up to you, how you create your photo of movement!

This can be traffic, people, objects, nature. It depends on your own creativity.

Just take a shot of movement, frozen or blurred and show us your pictures!

Participate in our Photo Challenge. All photos will be voted by members to find the best.

The first three winning photos will be placed in the Gallery.

This is your chance to participate in our new Photo Challenge!

Structure and stages of the Photo Challenge:

Upload & Voting Phase until 24. June 2020

Extended Voting Only Phase until 30. June 2020

Announcement of the Results: 01. July 2020

How to participate:

  1. All registered photographers of fotocommunity are eligible to participate. (Register now)
  2. Each account may participate in the Photo Challenge with 3 different pictures.
  3. All premium members of fotocommunity are eligible to vote.
  4. Please no copyright notice in the photo and in the title!
  5. Photos that do not fit into the competition will be removed.
  6. The photos are anonymous during the upload and voting phase.
  7. Failure to comply to the rules will result in administrative removal of the photo.

Wishing you the best – stay home, stay healthy!

nuthatch repairing his nesting home

Eurasian Nuthatch – home repair

For many weeks we have observed the situation in other countries, partly with astonishment, partly with terror or a queasy feeling in the stomach.

The COVID-19 virus now has become part of our own reality.

It controls us and changes our lives dramatically – closed shops and restaurants, day care centers and schools. Home office is the new term to make a living. Our everyday life suddenly looks very different. And our hobby – photography – is also directly affected, since almost everywhere a general lockdown has been declared to secure physical distance.

We at fotocommunity do everything we can to ensure that we do not endanger anyone. Community management works from home office and our colleagues in the office adhere to strict instructions to rule out a possible infection. fotocommunity will continue to be taken care of and support is present for you as usual!

“The needs of the many outweigh … the needs of the few.”

(Mr. Spock/ Cpt Kirk, Star Wars: The Wrath of Khan, 1982)

At this point we appeal to your wisdom:
Please stay at home, if you don’t have to be on the road. YOU can do a lot to ease the situation. Please take it seriously, take care of each other and keep your distance!

Dear fotocommunity members,
we wish you, your relatives and friends all the best! Stay healthy and take care of each other!

Matthias Moritz
on behalf of all fotocommunity staff members

Photo Challenge: “Where I live”

Vancouver Living – Photographer: Adele Oliver

Where I live

Our new Photo Challenge sets a focus on the place, where you live. We often use our camera only to take picture of places we visit, but rarely at home.

This time its your chance to show us your area! What is special at the place you live at? Do you have a favorite location? Is it a busy place or quiet?  Get inspired by your own creativity!

Just take a shot of your surroundings or a special detail as main motive and show us your pictures!

Participate in our Photo Challenge. All photos will be voted by members to find the best.

The first three winning photos will be placed in the Gallery.

This is your chance to participate in our new Photo Challenge!

Structure and stages of the Photo Challenge:

Upload & Voting Phase until 24. April 2020

Extended Voting Only Phase until 30. April 2020

Announcement of the Results: 01. May 2020

How to participate:

  1. All registered photographers of fotocommunity are eligible to participate. (Register now)
  2. Each account may participate in the Photo Challenge with 3 different pictures.
  3. All premium members of fotocommunity are eligible to vote.
  4. Please no copyright notice in the photo and in the title!
  5. Photos that do not fit into the competition will be removed.
  6. The photos are anonymous during the upload and voting phase.
  7. Failure to comply to the rules will result in administrative removal of the photo.

Introduced: Nature Photography

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey – Photographer: Johan Lennartsson

 

A wide range of photography is covered by depicting nature in all varieties. It includes wildlife, landscapes, plants, phenomena and close-ups of details as well. There is no comprehensive definition of nature photography, it touches too many genres and opportunities to take pictures.

Some good advices to get the best results:

Dress accordingly! Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing will protect you better.

Use the rule of thirds, which will set a harmonious focus on your motive.

Get familiar with your camera settings to react quickly on changing situations.

Be patient.

Have fun and enjoy the surrounding nature!

Respect ethical concerns and do not stress or harm wildlife by getting to close. Do not overrun and destroy natural areas.

We exemplary would like to introduce a few photographers, who are engaged with the subject of nature photography, presenting their fine results in our fotocommunity. Take the chance to browse through their photos and leave a comment!

Photographer: Ted Raynor

 

Photographer: Milos Villaris

 

Photographer: aorta-besler

 

Interested in more nature photographs with its overwhelming variety?

Browse our section Nature Photography

 

Inspired? Don´t hesitate to upload your nature photos in this section!