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Issue 79 - Time to get in focus

Scotland Magazine Issue 79
February 2015


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Time to get in focus

The search is on for the best photographs of Scotland

At Scotland Magazine, we pride ourselves on the quality of the photographs we publish, showcasing Scotland's historic buildings and wildlife, and the Scottish landscape in all of its glorious moods and seasonal manifestations.

However, brilliant photography is no longer the exclusive territory of the professional. With the widespread availability of photographic equipment and technology, everyone can have a go at creating their own masterpiece.

We therefore invite our subscribers and readers to submit their favourite photographs for our panel of experts to select those we consider to be the best under the categories below. The winning entries will be published in a future edition of Scotland Magazine.

Photography Tips

Focus The image should be in focus and sharp, unless blur is an intentional effect.
Light The use of light is key to a good photograph and the most important thing is that the light is appropriate to the image. There are many different types of ‘good’ light; stormy, early morning, dusk.
Composition When editing your images for entry, make sure you stand back from them and view them
as a whole. Is there a hedgerow appearing from the back of a castle? Is the image on a slant? Should you move to the left or take a step to the right? There are many factors contributing to the overall composition of an image.

This is very subjective. A great photograph will include a combination of the emotion the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken, the time of the day, the subject, the light and much more. All this can lift a picture above the ordinary.
Originallity The angle of the photograph or indeed the subject – whatever the end result the judges
will be impressed by your originality of thought and execution.

• Amateur
• Professional

• Animals and plant life
• Landscape
• Water
• Other (please specify)

• Castles
• Historic Houses
• Monuments
• Other (please specify)

• City Life
• Country Life
• Other (please specify)