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Starting limbering up – it’s action time!

July 30, 2010
Ok I promised I’d be back soon with the lowdown on our next competition so here it is. You guys came up with some great ideas but the one that resonated with us today was Gill’s suggestion of something sporty. It’s just two years until the London Olympics and in honour of this the PhotoBox team is holding its own mini Olympic Games to see if we’ve got any hidden talent. I’ll let you know what happens. I think I’m down for the three-legged race! Although love this idea of puddle jumping posted by Karen Wiltshire.     In keeping with this theme we’re looking for evidence of your sporting prowess. Whether is pro sports, fun & games in the park like us, or the kids’ sports day, just post your photos on our Facebook page as usual. Winner gets £50 credit to spend at PhotoBox. Deadline midnight Thursday 5th August, two photos maximum. Don’t forget our other competitions – we’ve got some more great prizes. Be sure to enter our Karate Kid and Around the World in 80Days competitions. Have a fantastic weekend and let me see that competitive spirit!  

Black & white competition winner is…

July 30, 2010
Photographer Robert Frank famously commented that ‘Black & white are the colours of photography.’ Well your entries to our black & white photography competition have definitely proved that bright shiny colours aren’t vital to capture an amazing photo. Far from it, you’ve shown us time and time again what beauty and emotion can be captured in glorious black & white.   As usual there were more than a few popular choices but in the end I stuck to my guns with this fantastic shot taken by Kerry Morgon-Shaw. It’s simply stunning, so thoughtful, with great lighting and loving the reflection. Congratulations Kerry you’ve just won yourself £50 to spend at PhotoBox. If your winning photo is anything to go by you’ll have plenty of ideas on what to spend your credit on! I’ve also chosen three other favourites who’ll each receive 100 free prints. Well done Pauline – very clever! Amy you win for your ingenuity and with really having fun with our theme. Last but not least, Rob your fishermen shot is a real stunner and a popular choice with our fans. Hold tight we’ve another competition coming up for you soon.          
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Talk to the pro – Photographer Annabel Williams

July 28, 2010
Just checking you’ve got the date in your diary for tomorrow! That’s Thursday 29th July for chatting to Annabel Williams, our first-ever guest photographer, who’ll be joining us on our Facebook page. To take part in the fun, just go to our discussions tab on Facebook at 2pm tomorrow.   In preparation for the big event, we’ve been quizzing you about what you’d like to ask Annabel, so we can all make the most of her fantastic knowledge as a world-class portraiture and wedding photographer. You’ve come up with some classic questions and you can still add your questions for Annabel if you get in before 3pm today! It won’t be the same without you, so whatever it takes see you there!  
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Black & white photography tips

July 26, 2010
Loving the photos you’ve entered for our black & white photography competition. I’ve included a few in the montage below. For anyone yet to join in, I’ve put together a few tips to inspire you. Here goes…. Spot the potential The secret to impressive black & white photography is mastering the skill of envisaging what will look great in monochrome. Why would an image look better in black & white? Well, in the absence of colour you concentrate on the composition and atmosphere of the shot. The same goes for sepia. What works well Black & white portraits are popular for a good reason. They flatter less than perfect supermodel skin. Also, as colourful clothing is no longer vying for your attention, you’re encouraged you to really focus of faces. This makes it a great medium for conveying emotion. Black & white landscapes and architecture look fantastic too, especially if the sky was pretty colourless anyway. Key elements to look for are strong shapes, repeating patterns, unusual textures and high contrast.     What’s not so hot? Sometimes it’s the punchy colours that give an image its impact. For example, something that’s bright green and red would look pretty eye catching in colour, but in black & white these colours have a similar tone giving a flat looking image. Think before you click If you’ve yet to acquire the art of thinking in black & white remember digital photography is on your side. Many cameras have a black & white option so you can take your image and instantly see how it looks in monochrome. Remember though, if you take your photos in colour you’ll have far more flexibility when it comes to editing your photos to the precise monochrome effect you want. Easy editing In Photoshop alone you can convert colour to black & white in a number of different ways, all giving a slightly different effects. Just remember to keep a copy of your original file and you’ve got nothing to lose. You can also use our free photo editing software to convert some of your favourite colour photos to black & white or sepia. Have a play and see what we mean. Now you’re definitely ready to enter our black & white photography competition! Just post your black & white photos on our Facebook wall before Midnight 29th July. Winner gets £50 credit to spend at PhotoBox. Good luck

Karate Kid competition -Win a family weekend away

July 23, 2010
In celebration of the new Karate Kid film out on 28th July we’ve got a fantastic competition for you. This thrilling action-packed film starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith has inspired us to offer you your own action-packed adventure of a lifetime!   One lucky winner will be whisked off with their family for a fabulous 3 night stay at Centre Parcs. You’ll get to choose from their Longleat, Elveden, Whinfell and Sherwood locations. Once there you can enjoy a great range of activities such as hiking, bike trekking, horse riding, archery and canoeing. How’s that for great family fun? For all the details and to enter see our Karate Kid page. Deadline is 6th August! We’ll then pick our winner at random. As you loved the colour competition so much we’re also offering you the chance to enter your black & white photos on our Facebook page for a chance to win £50 credit to spend at PhotoBox. Deadline for this one is midnight Thursday 29th July. Come join in the fun and good luck to you all