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TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF “SOMETHING WEIRD”

Photo by Bruce Warrington on Unsplash
51 DIFFERENT SUBJECTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY! AND I AM GOING TO DO THEM ALL!

Going down the list of “subjects in Photography”, I still keep coming to this thought: “How did anyone ever come up with this list?” Because some of these subjects are really strange, and honestly, I don’t know that some of these are real subjects. So, I will attempt to cover each of these subjects, no matter how strange they are, because someone may find some great tips on how to do a special assignment.

And today’s subject is: “HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF SOMETHING WEIRD”. When I read that, the first thing that came to mind was: What might be weird to me, may not be weird to everyone else”. So, with that in mind, the best I can do is try to cover this subject from my perspective. At least the photos may be really strange, and at least entertaining.

Photo by David Kovalenko on Unsplash

As I was looking over the photos that are available to me, and the many different styles of “weirdness” you can find, the one thing I think makes a great “weird” photo, is just to take the photo when you see, and don’t let it pass you.

Have you ever seen something really weird, and did not take a photo, but, when you got to a group of friends or family, you want to tell them all about the “weird thing you saw this day, and you have to explain it, rather than just show them a photo.

Photo by David Kovalenko on Unsplash

We live in a wonderful world right now, as far as being able to take photos. If you don’t carry your camera with you, will certainly be the time you see something “weird”. So, your next best alternative is to use the camera that is built in to your cell phone. And the newer cell phones take pretty good photos. They won’t compare with a good DSLR digital camera, but, it’s what you got at the time, and it will work.

Photo by Xavier von Erlach on Unsplash

Now the time to take photos of “weird” things, is when it just seems so “out of the ordinary” for this to happen. This photo above, has a story to this, and that is why it becomes even “weirder” : Derelict scene of a piano played by a broken manequin. I came across this setting when walking in the middle of nowhere near the city of Vallorbe, Switzerland.

Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash

Another thing to do to get some “weird” photos, is to have your family or friends help you create the “weird” Photo. Get some help from them by having them do the weird thing that makes them your friend. Everyone can pull faces, or stand on their head, so get pictures of that. It will be good for you collection as well.

Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash

A photographer who captures great “weird” photos, is one who can just grab their camera, or their cell phone, and get it quick before something changes. These kind of images are usually rare and timing is everything.

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Current Photography contests / March 2021

Winning photo from Nature Photography Contest

Photo Contests are a great way to work on your photographic skills. Imagine taking a photo that is a winning photo! The money, the prizes, whatever the reward, it puts you in a class of photographers that will be watched for a long time. And why do I bring up this idea of entering a photo contest? Because it is one thing that will make you use your absolute best skills to take a great photo. Perhaps, just trying will help you become a better photographer. Just the fact that you felt good enough to enter a contest, is worthy of the pride you get for doing so well.

Current photo contests you can still enter:
Monochrome Awards 2021 - logo
Deadline: July 4th, 2021… https://monoawards.com
  • Nikon Small World Photo Contest:
Nikon Small World Competition 2021 - logo
Photo Contest entry date : 30 April, 2021 Details: https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/
Earth.Org Global Wildlife & Natural World Photography Competition 2021 - logo
https://earth.org/global-photography-competition/
PX3 Prix de la Photographie 2021 - logo
https://px3.fr/
Vienna International Photo Contest 2021 - logo
https://www.fotofestival-wien.com/vienna-photo-award
Anthology Magazine Photographer of the Year Contest 2021 - logo
Open to practitioners working at any level, the Anthology Magazine Photographer of the Year contest celebrates outstanding standalone images. It also provides a platform for photographers to showcase their work through publication. Images submitted must be on the theme of ‘Food’. Submissions will be judged on quality, creativity, originality, and visual/emotional impact. Photographers can submit as many entries as they wish.
It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.
The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and editorial coverage in a future issue of Anthology Magazine.
The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine. https://anthology-magazine.com/awards/photographer-of-the-year-2021/
Global Photo Awards 2021 - logo
Our mission is to create an opportunity for everyone loving photography to receive recognition for their work. We strive to award and show the best photos worldwide.
We invite everyone to upload photos in each of the categories People and Nature : Deadline April 4th. Go to: https://www.globalphotoawards.com
Energy SELF Portraits 2021 - logo
Gather your family, your friends, your colleagues, your school-mates as well as the electrical appliances of your everyday life.
Take a photograph of yourselves and your appliances and tell us your story.
Energy SELF Portraits collects photographs and stories related to the theme of ENERGY, the 7th United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7) to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy systems for all”, and award prizes to the most beautiful and intriguing ones.
Photography is a means to narrate the challenge of access to sustainable and modern energy seen from the point of view of end consumers. The Energy SELF Portraits strives to investigate and record the infinite contexts and implications connected to the SDG7.
The collection of Energy SELF Portraits will focus on different SDG7 dimensions such as energy access, its costs and options, its quality, its environmental implications as well as how energy efficiency and renewable energy may offer solutions to the SDG7 challenge. The nexus with other SDGs will be given particular evidence in the collection and in the narrative within the Project. The Project offers the opportunity to collect stories where energy access plays a crucial role in a number of SDG challenges, such as poverty and hunger (SDG 1 and 2), health (SDG3), education (SDG4), gender equality (SDG5), access to safe water (SDG6), decent work and productivity (SDG8 and 9), equal opportunities (SDG10), sustainable cities and communities (SDG11), responsible consumption and production (SDG12) and climate change (SDG13).
Energy SELF Portraits put the North and the South of the world together around common challenges assuring affordable energy access while protecting the environment from climate change. Deadline: April 21, 2021 . Go to: http://www.energyportraits.org
European Treasures of Nature 2021 - logo
Nature photographers watch out: In the 28th year EuroNatur has organised this international nature photo competition in conjunction with the magazine “natur”, the photo shop “Lichtblick” in Constance and GELSENWASSER AG.
A specialist jury will award prizes to the most striking images. The winning photos will be published in the large-format EuroNatur wall calendar and will be awarded with money prizes. Besides that they will be published in the EuroNatur magazine, in the magazine “natur” as well as on the websites of the organisers. Deadline: March 31st, 2021. Go To: https://www.euronatur.org/en/what-we-do/nature-photo-competition/competition-2021/
Vincent van Gogh Photo Award 2021 - logo
Deadline: March 31st, 2021, Let the theme ‘PURE’ inspire you in a contemporary way. Think out of the box, just like Vincent used to do. Surprise everyone! Let the camera be your paint brush and participate in this contest!
Pure is unmistakable for the work of Vincent van Gogh and was partly chosen as the theme for this 3rd. Vincent van Gogh Photo Award edition. An inspiring theme with many creative possibilities and freedom, and certainly something that plays in the present time.
– Is water still pure?
– Our food?
– Nature?
– Are people still pure and who and what are they, especially in this age of social media?
– Can we still be pure?
We are looking for these topics.
The possibilities are endless!! Be inspired by our theme, with your images!
There is no need to refer to-, or incorporate Vincent van Gogh or Nuenen in the photo(s).
The title of this event is a tribute to Vincent.
He recorded with a brush, what he saw and experienced.
You can do this through the lens of the camera, because maybe your picture hangs in the living and working world of Vincent in his period in Nuenen!
Let your inspiration as a photographer take its course. Go To: https://vincentvangoghphotoaward.com/en/
Unlike Portrait Awards 2021 - logo
You are unlike me and that makes you perfect. The Unlike Portrait Awards is a international photo contest celebrating our diversity, human life and love of portrait photography. We stimulate, inspire and recognize talent from all over the world. Portrait photographers are often creative but the bills have to be paid at the end of the month. In addition to an award for talented photographers, we support the participants with various marketing tools. Deadline: November 30, 2021 – Go To: https://unlike-awards.com
Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 - logo
Landscape Photographer of the Year was founded in 2006 by Charlie Waite, one of today’s most respected landscape photographers.
With a total prize fund worth over £20,000, a full colour book of best entries and a popular annual exhibition in Central London, Landscape Photographer of the Year celebrates all that is great about the British landscape and showcases the work of many talented photographers, inspiring visitors to experience the joys of the British landscape first hand. Britain’s heritage is celebrated by people around the world and entries are welcome from everyone, whether resident in Britain or simply visiting. Deadline: April 14, 2021 — Go To: https://www.lpoty.co.uk

Try this one thing, and watch your skills change.

Award-winning nature photos that will transport you to great outdoors
Photo contest winner for the Guardian magazine. Photo by Jens Cullmann