Young Photographer: Getting started – Nov 2020

 We hope students and club members are begining to get ideas about suitable subjects to photograph for the “Wild Nature” competition.

Don’t miss an opportunity

Often it can be a chance sighting that leads to a great photo 🙂   It’s  good to get the perfect lighting and the perfect angle and distance – but animals don’t tend to hang around whilst you fiddle with your phone or camera! So – don’t miss  an opportunity altogether by waiting for the perfect shot.  Nowadays photos can often be reframed or the lighting  improved later on a computer.

Learn about depth of field

For older entrants or those using a more sophisticated camera – if you don’t already understand the concept of depth of field it would be worth reading up about it.

Basically a wide the lens aperture gives a narrow depth of field – where only the content a specific distance away is in focus. A small aperture gives a deep depth of field with pretty much everything in focus.  Both are useful but a narrow depth of field can ‘spotlight’ your intended subject uncluttered by the background.

Shutter Speed

If you’re photographing  fast-moving animals – like flying birds – you’ll need a high shutter speed (and maybe panning)  if the photo is not to be blurred. (Some photos deliberately don’t use a high shutter speed in order to  introduce blurring to create the idea of speed.)

Smartphones usually have ‘settings’ that can be changed.

Smartphones often have a zoom facility using finger movements on the screen  that can be useful. They will also have other options you might want to learn about and experiment with. These vary according to the make and model of phone.

Meeting the criteria for the competition

The competition title is Wild Nature. Remember that you have to include a statement to explain why you think your photos comply with this title.

A few local photos

Below are a few photos taken by some of our not so youthful members of Banbury Rotary Club. We include them not because they are great photos but because – with a few exceptions –  they were obtained at or very close to home.


For full details and to register a school or club to take part visit: