A few weeks ago, at the invitation of Sony Australia, Grantourismo and a dozen other blogs launched a contest called No More Bad Photos. As we don’t really have any bad photos on Grantourismo thanks to the fact that one of us is a professional photographer and that person is obviously not me, I decided to accept the challenge.
I was given two new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V cameras – one for myself to play around with and the other to give away to a Grantourismo reader – and I was asked to select a photo I’d taken on my travels that I was unhappy with and would re-shoot if given the chance. That photo is the one you see above. My goal was to encourage discussion on this blog about the photo I’d chosen, how I’d improve it if given the opportunity, and how I might improve it by using the Sony Cyber-shot camera.
My incentive was the chance to win a $10,000 holiday for Terence and I, during which I’d take a much better picture than the one above, incorporating all of your brilliant advice, while your incentive to comment was the fantastic little Sony Cyber-shot camera with all its incredible functions – 18.2 mega-pixels, 20x optical zoom, high-speed auto-focus, intelligent sweep panorama, HD video, GPS, etc, and, yes, I know I’m at risk of sounding like a bit of a saleswoman here, sorry. But it is a spectacular bit of camera.
Thanks to all of you who left such thoughtful, insightful, creative, and very comprehensive advice and ideas on this post, along with lots of lovely words of encouragement and support, I have actually (and yes, I’m still quite stunned) won a very badly-needed holiday for Terence and I. And, yes, I know, I’ve been told on Twitter “But isn’t every day a holiday for you travel writers?” Well the truth is, we haven’t had a holiday in seven years and we work seven days a week, from the time we wake until the time we sleep, taking only a few days off at Christmas to spend with family and friends, so, um, no, it’s most definitely not! So, thank you, thank you, and a sincere thanks too to SONY Australia.
The judges’ decision is also now in on that other handsome little prize too, and I really wish we had cameras to give away to all of you, because you all left such helpful comments. However, there were two comments that really stood out, because they not only addressed how I could improve my photo, but also how I could improve it using the Cyber-shot’s many functions.
The winner of the camera is Denbossa_Dude for his very specific tips on exactly which functions I can use to achieve each of the outcomes. And…
The runner-up is Kenneth (@emeow) for some detailed advice that made use of many of the camera’s functions. Unfortunately, I don’t have a runner-up prize yet, so Kenneth, I’m going to have to buy you something when I take that holiday!
Thanks again – sincerely – to everyone who participated. We really appreciated the time you took and thought you put into your tips.
Watch this space for more details about our holiday and the new photo I’m going to take, based on your superb advice! xx