Photo Friday – SHADOWS – Melissa Randall


‘Photo Friday’ is a weekly photography competition that Camera House Australia runs. Every week we choose a new theme and prize, and this week the winner was Melissa Randall who entered into our SHADOWS theme.

We asked Melissa about her image, and this is what she had to say:

Q.What inspired this photo?

A. I was inspired to take this photo when I noticed the interesting patterned shadows the grate was casting on to my daughter. I loved how amazed she was by the shadows and wanted to capture her exploring them.

Q.What camera did you use?

A.  This photo was taken with my Canon E0S 70D and Canon 50mm prime lens, f1.8. (I love this lens).
My first DSLR was a Canon EOS 1100D.

Q. What setting did you use?

A. Shutter: 1/1000 , ISO: 250, F-stop: f/5

Q. Did you edit this image, If so what did you do and with what program?

A. I used Photoshop Elements 12 to edit this photo. I shoot in RAW so firstly I made a slight adjustment to the exposure and then converted my image to JPG. In Photoshop Elements 12 I converted this image to black and white as I wanted to remove any colourful distractions from my daughters clothing and draw your eye to the shadows. Finally I lightened the blacks in the photo to give it an overall soft matte black and white effect.

Q. Do you have any advice for our community photographers?

A. I have been entering photography competitions for about 3 years and this is the first time I have won. I often looked at the winning images and thought, I can’t wait to produce beautiful images like that. I found that entering competitions was a great way to develop my skills and creativity and it gave me an excuse to get my camera out more often than I do.

My advice is nothing that you wouldn’t have heard before….get out with your camera when you can and experiment with different settings, shoot at different perspectives, look for amazing lighting and ask for feedback about your photos. Also I often look at the work of other photographers to get inspired and push me to challenge myself. Most of all enjoy your passion for photography and be proud of the moments you are capturing!



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