Expo Photo Contest

We see wonderful pictures posted daily on various social media from people working in the oil & gas industry, taken of such scenic views as a drilling rig with a mountain range backdrop, a pumping unit near a herd of cattle, a painted well valve with matching yellow daisies, or a landscape of a operating field at dusk, etc.

Now you can enter your photos and win great prizes by participating in the Expo Photo Contest! We are giving away a $100 gift card and your choice of a Don’s Directory regional edition to monthly winners, the overall Grand Prize will be awarded at the Energy Exposition during the Industry Networking Dinner!

Don’s Directory

Jane Richardson

Photo submissions will be posted on our website for public voting soon, so you’ll be able to encourage your co-workers and fellow professionals in the oil & gas industry to vote for you!

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* Not all photo submissions will be used for online voting. Photos with low resolution or that are pixelated will be politely rejected. Energy Exposition LLC retains the right to use all submitted photos in marketing campaigns, website publishing, reproductions, and charity fundraisers.

A "Few" Tips for Taking Pictures with Your Cell Phone

Turn the phone sideways: Use the “landscape” orientation when taking photos to get more in – especially when shooting group shots or if you want to capture the background, too. Holding your phone horizontally will also create photos that look better when viewed on a widescreen computer or television (i.e. no vertical black bars on each side of the photo).

Take more photos: The angle didn’t work. The clouds parted and the sun was blinding. You’re fighting an uphill battle to take a better photo. Make life easier on yourself. The more photos you take, the better chance you have to find a winner. Where you’d take one, try taking five.

Turn off that digital zoom: On a related note, get closer by walking up to your subject or using the regular zoom on your camera. Digital zooms are a software trick that can make photos look blurry or pixelated.

Go left (or right): Memorable photos need great composition. Instead of placing your subjects in the center of the frame, move them to the left or right to make your photos instantly become more powerful and beautiful.

Love cloudy days: A big part of photography is light and for the most part, your onboard flash is your enemy. Get to know and use natural light – and some of the softest and most flattering natural light comes when overhead clouds diffuse the sun. Take your subject outside, but be sure your back is to the sun – and not your subjects — or else they’ll look like a silhouette.

Flash forward: If you must use your smartphone’s flash, know its range limitations. Many people try to take pictures of, say, a banquet hall during a wedding, only to be disappointed because everything is dark image beyond a foot or so.

Twilight time: The hour before and after sunset creates gorgeous light for landscapes and outdoor photography. The golden hour (before) creates fiery oranges and reds. The blue hour (after) gives soft, subtle blues.

Hold your phone steady: Ever hold your camera at arm’s length to get a shot? You’re asking for trouble. To get a good, sharp image, turn yourself into a human tripod. Hold the camera with both hands and pull your arms into your chest or stomach. You’re instantly sturdier and so are your photos.

Angle is everything: When shooting photos or videos, try to match the height of the subject, such as kneeling on the ground to snap a picture of a toddler. You’ll get better shots when you’re at eye level rather than angling the phone up or down. When shooting video, move the phone slowly to prevent blur while recording.

Simplify the background: Put whatever you’re shooting onto a background that doesn’t distract the eye. White plates are great for food, blue skies are fabulous for kids. These allow you to blur out the background for a more pleasing photo.

Abolish Auto’: Don’t let your phone do all the thinking for you – it usually turns on the flash and blasts everything with a bunch of light. Get to know the better camera modes or popular phone apps. They’re easy to learn and they let you decide how your photo should look.

App it up: Apps can help you easily edit and share photos and videos with those who matter. Apps like Instagram can add fun filters such as a brownish sepiatone finish or a retro ’70s look. There are thousands of apps available, for all platforms, so experiment away.

Don’t delete so fast: Finally, avoid deleting unwanted photos from your smartphone: they may look great when viewed on a bigger screen; spending time deleting photos right after you took ones you don’t like means you might miss an awesome shot; and removing photos prematurely drains the battery on your smartphone. Do it later, on a computer.

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