We apologise for the late posting of the 2015 photograph competition winners. Our Judging day was hampered by bad weather and flooding preventing the Judges from getting together (the downside to living in the Wetland area of the Yorkshire Dales). Rescheduling has been a tall order as we entered the busiest time of year.
Judging has finally taken place and the standard and variations have been so high that it has been very tough choosing the winners. Without further ado .....
Terry managed to take a photo of his beautiful German Shepherd, Kaiser, next to his lovely new house sign also featuring an image of a German Shepherd. We feel this is a worthy winner, we hope you agree.
bought as a gift for her Mum's 81st Birthday who had just moved house, for what she says was definitely the last time, hence the name "Never Again".
Kerry-Ann was among the first entries received for our 2105 competition, even taking the time to send us photographs of her sign after it had been planted up nicely some months later in their holiday rental home in Cyprus. Our sign is also featured on her fabulous website. http://www.kazimsevi.com/index.php/2014-07-12-10-30-39
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking time to take photographs of your new signs "In Situ" and sending them to us. As a way of showing our thanks and appreciation each and everyone of you will receive a special thank you in the post shortly.
We would like to thank you all for your business and wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from
James and Debbie and all the Team at Bramble HQ
Well with the deadline for our 2105 competition coming close (31st October) we thought we would share a few top tips for taking the best picture possible of your sign once it is in pride of place. We have had some great entries so far but it isn't to late to send us your own fantastic photograph.
Don't forget we have the main category for the best 'in-situ' shot for your chance to win one of our beautiful Station Clocks, but we also have the 'Most Unique Name' category for your chance to win a set of beautiful hand crafted Christmas Decorations.
We have had some brilliant and unique names this year (Nickers and Nockers, to name but a few) so why not have a go and send us your image and take advantage of this beautiful Autumnal weather .... you have to be in it to win it.
FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT: CLEAN YOUR LENS. Every time you pull your phone out of your pocket for a photo. No exceptions!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHT: We take all of our photographs outside in natural light. The sign doesn't need to be in full sun, in fact its better if the sun is slightly filtered.
AVOID USING FLASH: unless you are going for a dramatic night time shot let your phone adjust light light automatically.
USE THE SCREEN TO FOCUS: Most smart phones have autofocus. Simply touch the screen on the part of the image you require the best possible focus.
NEVER USE AUTO ZOOM: it defeats the object of nice clear photographs and the images never look good. Instead get close to your subject and frame it within your view finder.
USE HDR MODE IF YOU HAVE IT: HDR is a great mode for taking photos of stationary objects, as long as you have steady hands. What HDR (high dynamic range) mode does, is ensure that the lighting and shadows in the photo are evenly exposed. This is particularly useful for photos with high contrast.
HDR mode takes two or more pictures of varying exposures almost simultaneously, then combines the best and brightest bits of both into one photo. You need to keep the camera super-steady, otherwise your photo will come out blurred.
USE THE RULE OF THIRDS: This is one of the simplest rules for photography, yet it's invaluable for making your photo compositions look great. The idea is that our eyes are naturally attracted to images that are divided into thirds, where the subject of the photo is slightly off-centre.
To help you achieve this, most smartphone cameras let you use a grid of two horizontal and two vertical lines when taking photos. The subject of your photo should be at one of the four intersections of these lines to theoretically get the most visually-pleasing photo. Give it a go and we look forward to seeing your amazing results!
We have just launched our new Photograph competition for 2015. http://bramblesigns.co.uk/pages/photograph-competition-2015
Why not take advantage of the nice summer weather, blue skies and flowers in your garden to take an "in situ" shot of your Bramble Signs House Sign, Horse Name Plate, Ladder Sign, Plaque or personalised gift.
To be in with a chance of winning one of our beautiful walnut station clocks worth £78.50, simply
1. Take a photo of your sign "In Situ".
2. Email your photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Bramble Signs Riverside House, Wigglesworth BD23 4RQ - if posting be sure to write your name and contact details on the back of the photo.
4. By submitting your photo you are agreeing to Bramble Signs using your image on their website, social media and newsletter.
5. Upto two entries per person.
6. All entries must be submitted by 12.00am on Saturday 31st October 2015.
6. The winner will be notified by Friday 6th November 2015.
7. The winner will receive Bramble Signs Station Wall Clock. The winner of the "Most Unique Name" will receive a set of Christmas Decorations. There will be no cash alternative.
The clearer the photograph the better and composition is key. We will be posting top tips on taking the best in-situ shots over the next coming days.
We very much look forward to seeing your entries!
The Bramble Signs Team