Outdoor Photo Challenge is still open

Remember: Our next Record Readers Photo Challenge is: Outdoor Portraits and we’ll be accepting submissions until May 11. The weather is forecast to be nice this weekend, so there’s not reason to go out and take some pictures.

They can be posed or candid photos of people (no pets or animals, or self-portraits – we’ll save those for another challenge), just remember the tips from my April 4 column on photographing people outside.

Along with good lighting, getting in close and watching your backgrounds, capturing a good expression helps to make for a great portrait, whether outdoors or inside. Here’s a tip: If you’re having trouble getting a natural smile from your subject(s), tell them to make a funny face for one picture. Immediately afterward they’ll likely laugh, give you a more natural expression and then you can snap a quick shot.

1. Entries can be emailed to me at coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Outdoor Portrait” in the subject line.
2. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera you used.
3. Include the name (first and last) of your subject, their relationship to you (relative, friend or stranger off the street), their ages (if they are juveniles) and where the photo was taken.
4. Any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took or came to take the picture.
5. The deadline for submission is Saturday, May 11. The top examples will be published on Monday, May 20 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day (Photos have to be shot between April 29 and May 11).
We’ll see you then. Have fun and good shooting!

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