October’s Photographic Competition – The Kiss!

October’s Photographic Competition – The Kiss!

Photograph a Kiss

To be shot and submitted between 1 – 31 October 2016, submission deadline is 31 October 2016.  Add your image to the October’s Photography Competition Album on Facebook, this is a link directly to the album

A kiss – one of the most intimate interactions between two persons yet it exists in so many forms. A kiss can be innocent, raw and passionate, full of love or just a way to say “hello”, part of a ceremony or raunchy. Just think about how it is used in different cultures and it can even save lives. A kiss can be a little gesture that sometimes means a lot or a force that shakes your world.

This month, your challenge is to capture the beauty of this moment – without being cheesy! You can ask someone to kiss for you, set up a happening with some friends or use a street photography approach. The most important thing is to capture an emotion so the viewer can feel it.

Tips and Inspirations:

Where shall we start… There are so many famous kisses!

Two of the most iconic kisses in the history of photography must be V-J Day in Times Square that market the end of WWII, photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, and the tender Kissing-Nun, depicted by Oliviero Toscani for Benetton. Years later, Benetton took it even further with their UNHATE campaign, a cleverly made series of photomontages showing rivalling political and spiritual leaders in close intimacy.

Although there are exceptions, the key to successfully capturing the intimate moment between two people is to avoid so called Distracting Elements. These are elements in a photograph that distract the viewer from the main subject (the kiss!) and is usually a fore- or background with too many details and too much contrast. There are different ways to eliminate them: blurring a distracting fore- or background using shallow depth of field, use the edges of your frame to crop the distracting elements by changing the camera angle, frame the image more tightly, get closer / zoom in or use post production. Also, consider the lighting as the viewer’s eye is usually drawn to the bright parts of an image and we need to make sure that they do not conflict with the subject.

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