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Photography in the Park

Canon holds a summer contest By Ko Maruyama
When I got my first SLR body, the camera shop hosted workshops and gave free processing vouchers.  Hobbyists got together and compared nature photos that summer, and we learned about our new cameras.  Canon wants you to learn about your camera.  Because digital photos requires no negative processing, giving away vouchers is ho-hum.  How about winning some cool cameras and printers?

This contest is not open to professional photographers.  This is for us hobbyists and weekend shutterbugs who just like to take pictures. (see official rules for details)*  This means that mom and dad have a chance at the top prizes with their summer photos.  All you need is a passion for photography and a good eye.

The new CANON PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PARKS photo contest is perfectly designed for people taking a summer vacation out in some natural setting.  National State Park? Sure!*

I have a Canon G6 PowerShot, a Canon Digital Elph, and a couple of Canon printers.  So I try to keep on top of making some instant photos look better, but I admit I haven't investigated all of the features of my Canon cameras.  This is a perfect reason to explore the small cameras potential.*

Prizes include EOS cameras and Photo Printers.  The first prize is an EOS 5D with the EF 24-105mm lens kit (a great lens for everything).   

But perhaps one of the best parts about receiving this notice from Canon - I have just found the entire EDUCATIONAL EVENTS and TIPS & TECHNIQUES.  

Just like that camera shop where I got my first body and lenses, Canon has a series of workshops and tutorials to help you figure out how to use your new camera.  From basic "Red Eye" lessons to more advanced topics, you can look at several online tips.  And if you'd rather take a class in person, and work with other photographers, Canon sponsors events around the country.

Check the site for how you can enter the contest, and perhaps even take a class or go through some online training to get a leg up on your competition.*

*Be sure to check the website for all of the official rules.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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