January 2017: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Welcome to 2017!!

Hope everyone had a lovely festive break and a New Year celebration. Thanks for your kind wishes too.



Winning Photo

Theme : House Interiors



Photo by Bob Bird

Canon EOS 6D

Judge’s Feedback:

There is a knack to photographing interiors and it always comes down to lighting. The more evenly spread the soft lighting is the more we can see all the detail in the room. Unless you are going for a spooky theme then even lighting is the aim.

Bob has demonstrated this beautifully. The light is spread very well using only window light. The light coming from the window and onto the furniture was most likely bouncing from a light surface behind the camera. Sometimes, with window light only, a photographer can utilise the light to their advantage. Lighting interiors doesn’t have to use complicated lighting systems, a window, the sun in the right position and a shutter speed to give the sensor enough exposure is all you need.

Bob may choose to lift the shadows a little which would lower the contrast. Or he may warm the room a little with a white balance adjustment in Lightroom or Photoshop. Alternatively, he may leave the image just how it is and enjoy the natural ambience.

Well done Bob!


Amy & Paul

P.S If you didn’t win, it’s not because we didn’t like your photo. Every photo on this page is a beauty. We love all of them. We want to extend a big “thank you” to everyone whose work is contributed each month. We are very proud of you.


Special Mention Entries:

(Simply click on a photo to enlarge and see camera data.)

Fabulous entries this month, well done!!

Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your photos. You have done a great job.



Please add your comments about any of these great photo efforts at the bottom of the page.


Next Month’s (February’s) Theme:

“Bird On Water”

Water bird photos this month. They can be any type of bird(s) that land, swim, fly off or hang around water. This can be on rocks by sea, sandy beach, mudflats, lake, river, creek, pond etc. Good luck


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of January 2017

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd February 2017

About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

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  1. Derek Stubbs says:

    Well Bob you seem to have a good handle on interior light. I find it hard not to get some blow out facing a window. Also the hallways shows you can handle light better than I.
    The B&W lounge is certainly striking.
    I like the Christmas shots, and decided not to try and do one as I guessed there would some great ones, and I was right.

    Hppay New year and Happy Shooting (cameras not guns) for 2017. I look forward to more great shots.
    Hope Amy and Paul stay fit and healthy, we need you.
    Cheers Derek

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