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Giving Away an Eye-Catching Metal Print and a Year of SmugMug Pro

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner was randomly selected and announced below.


It’s been way too long since we’ve done a giveaway — three months, in fact — so today we have an awesome one: one lucky (and randomly selected) reader will receive a large 30×40-inch SmugMug MetalPrint of their favorite photo worth $301.50 and a year of SmugMug Pro worth $150 — a combined value of $451.5. This giveaway is open to international readers as well, and it’ll be shipped right to your door for free.

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:

Tell us the best photo advice you’ve ever received

There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!

  1. Leave your response as a comment on this PetaPixel.com post
  2. Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet: http://j.mp/ppsgmg

    As long as the link appears in the tweet, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.

This contest will end Friday, August 26th, 2011. We’ll randomly pick a winner using random.org and update this post. Good luck!


Update: This giveaway is now over. We received 444 comment entries and 253 Tweet entries for 697 entries overall. The randomly selected winner is…

#538: Claudia Cooper (@claud26point2)

I learned this advice – BSE (background, separation, edges) in a photography workshop [#]

Congratulations! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize (we’re contacting you as well).

Thanks to everyone who entered! Please stay tuned for more awesome giveaways!


A big thanks to SmugMug for providing the prizes for this giveaway!


 
  • PHIL A

    Know the story you are trying to tell before you ever lift the amera to your eye. .

  • Tzrollins

    Others have used this, but it’s true for me too: Think before you shoot!

  • Stephanie

    Shoot, recompose, shoot.

  • Zeena

    A photograph says as much about the photographer as it does about the subject

  • Josephine Milloy

    Take your camera EVERYWHERE, and don’t always try to copy other photographers.  Shoot what YOU like in addition the the “standard” shots.  That’s where you find the art.

  • http://twitter.com/nyxnalia Jo Miller

    Sometimes the best rule to break is the rule of thirds. ~my husband

  • http://www.facebook.com/KeyWestPhotog Joseph Williams

    Learn from a Pro 1st, ask questions from a pro 2nd, anyone else will unknowingly misguide you.

  • Dbemilie

    The best photo advice I received is: “when you have no inspiration, go out and shoot; something good may come out of it”.

  • Dbemilie

    The best photo advice I received is: “when you have no inspiration, go out and shoot; something good may come out of it”.

  • Lisa Ellis

    You can’t improve without practice, and there’s ALWAYS room for improvement. 
    Take a critical eye to your shoot. Showing 10% of what you shoot is a pretty reasonable result.

  • Karen Clautice

    Shoot thing YOU like, not things you think you should like because others do.

  • Karen Clautice

    Shoot thing YOU like, not things you think you should like because others do.

  • PhotoRecap

    The 3 basic keys to making a great shot:
    A. Be prepared (Equipment with you, ready to shoot!)
    B. Be at the right place at the right time!
    C. Compose with the best elements in the foreground, subject and background! And remember the eye likes contrast!

  • PhotoRecap

    The 3 basic keys to making a great shot:
    A. Be prepared (Equipment with you, ready to shoot!)
    B. Be at the right place at the right time!
    C. Compose with the best elements in the foreground, subject and background! And remember the eye likes contrast!

  • Franmcob

    love it had a tin made for my cards i never though my picture could look so good better then better and when i pull it out to give a card they just look because it is the same phoro on the back of the card

  • Franmcob

    love it had a tin made for my cards i never though my picture could look so good better then better and when i pull it out to give a card they just look because it is the same phoro on the back of the card

  • Franmcob

    i went back to film ..   just taking more and more photos isn’t always the best way .  what i have seen is 100 and 100 of just bad  photos from doing just shoot shoot some more  ..   it did not make for a better photographer just more in the pc to look at try and fix it is atill a bad shot  … what is good,  have a point and shoot, then take a shot each and every day  ..   look at it them,   ask   was the light good? could i have done? would it have been better shooting from the other side?  change it to black and white better stronger what is good or not?  last qa  ..   do u even like the shot?   would u give it as a gift?   enter it in a contest  ..  sorry long winded

  • Franmcob

    i went back to film ..   just taking more and more photos isn’t always the best way .  what i have seen is 100 and 100 of just bad  photos from doing just shoot shoot some more  ..   it did not make for a better photographer just more in the pc to look at try and fix it is atill a bad shot  … what is good,  have a point and shoot, then take a shot each and every day  ..   look at it them,   ask   was the light good? could i have done? would it have been better shooting from the other side?  change it to black and white better stronger what is good or not?  last qa  ..   do u even like the shot?   would u give it as a gift?   enter it in a contest  ..  sorry long winded

  • Franmcob

     oh ya the tin 5.99 with your pint hold game cards, mints. or whatever u like

  • Franmcob

     oh ya the tin 5.99 with your pint hold game cards, mints. or whatever u like

  • Franmcob

    give your self a chance  …   take a class, grow thick skin, go out with others on a shoot, most of all enjoy it while you can   ..   once the enjoyment leaves and it becomes harder to shoot it now is work hard work

  • Mitch Lea

    Borrowing from one is stealing. Borrowing from many is research.

    (speaking of using ideas you see from other photographers)

  • Ken

    It is all about the light!

  • Franmcob

    FOR ME IT WAS A LITTLE differenti don’t really do weddings much but have  my mentor said shoot the young and the very old at any event for those are the one that night not be around
    that is what happen to him very early in his shooting wedding and one of the youngans didn’t make it from an accedent that night his photos is all they had of the kid

  • Franmcob

    and once you do all rules change for your settings

  • William DC

    Shoot like your using film, and take your time to frame your shot

  • http://twitter.com/JMOTA3 Johnny Mota

    Never delete your photos. 

  • Linh Nguyen

    Keep shooting

  • http://www.facebook.com/adamkfenwick Adam Fenwick

    You have an eye for photography, so don’t give up what you’re doing. Ever.

  • KMS PHOTO

    The best photography advice I ever received: “You’re first 10,000 pictures will be your worst.” If I hadn’t been told that when I started I would have given up a long time ago.

  • KMS PHOTO

    The best photography advice I ever received: “You’re first 10,000 pictures will be your worst.” If I hadn’t been told that when I started I would have given up a long time ago.

  • KMS PHOTO

    The best photography advice I ever received: “You’re first 10,000 pictures will be your worst.” If I hadn’t been told that when I started I would have given up a long time ago.

  • KMS PHOTO

    The best photography advice I ever received: “You’re first 10,000 pictures will be your worst.” If I hadn’t been told that when I started I would have given up a long time ago.

  • KMS PHOTO

    The best photography advice I ever received: “You’re first 10,000 pictures will be your worst.” If I hadn’t been told that when I started I would have given up a long time ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennisjones65020 Dennis Jones

    worry more about capturing the emotion than capturing the details

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennisjones65020 Dennis Jones

    worry more about capturing the emotion than capturing the details

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennisjones65020 Dennis Jones

    worry more about capturing the emotion than capturing the details

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennisjones65020 Dennis Jones

    worry more about capturing the emotion than capturing the details

  • Boris Porosin

    Forget the old Olympus, buy a new Canon EOS 7D.

  • Milan

    Don’t take pictures, make pictures!

  • Vanished Twin Photography

    What is around your subject is just as important as what is not.

  • http://twitter.com/johnfphotos John Farnan

     Best advice i was ever given photographically speaking.. Composition, composition and more composition

  • http://twitter.com/johnfphotos John Farnan

     Best advice i was ever given photographically speaking.. Composition, composition and more composition

  • http://twitter.com/johnfphotos John Farnan

     Best advice i was ever given photographically speaking.. Composition, composition and more composition

  • http://twitter.com/johnfphotos John Farnan

     Best advice i was ever given photographically speaking.. Composition, composition and more composition

  • Bfishfoto

    When shooting models always remember “Eyes to the light”

  • Dana

    Weegee (Arthur Felig) – Be There

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhonda.konicki Rhonda Young Konicki

    Move in on the subject, walk around it.  Get up close and personal.  Take it at an angle.  Depending on your perspective, even mundane objects become interesting.

  • Daisyhops

    Keep the Sun behind the camera and you will always have a photo that puts a smile on your face..

  • http://twitter.com/Bryan_Hellman Bryan Hellman

    Move beyond Auto mode.