Photograph scenes or subjects that mean something to you. Show us your unique point of view – what do you think is interesting or beautiful about the scene?
See Your Photo on Our Website
Because we value our customers, we want to see what’s important to them and bring a little more community to our website. Each quarter, we’ll select a photo for our homepage from customer submissions. One winning photographer each month will receive a Visa Gift Card that can be used anywhere!
Theme: Sweet Summertime
Summer is just around the corner. Show us how you like to spend your days in the sun with summer photos!
- Horizontal orientation
- 2400 pixels wide by 1600 pixels high
- Must be in color
- Must be in JPG, PNG or TIFF file format
- Must depict scenery or still items only (no identifiable people)
Winning photos may be used on the homepage and will be featured in our online gallery. Even if your photo is not selected to be featured on the homepage, by entering the contest, you agree to allow First National to use your image(s) on our website or in marketing materials.
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Get it in focus – make sure the camera is focusing on the correct subject and that the focus is locked before you take the photo.
Avoid camera shake – slow shutter speeds while holding your camera can result in blurry photos. Use a faster shutter speed (at least 1/60 of a second) or brace yourself or your camera against something stable if you don’t have a tripod.
Try shooting without flash – the built-in flash on most cameras can be harsh and unflattering. Use a wider aperture or higher ISO to get proper exposure without using the flash.
Vary your perspective – zoom in close or out really wide, get down low or climb up high to find a new angle. Try shooting the same subject or scene from different spots.
Pay attention to the light – the middle of the day may seem like the ideal time to take a photo, but bright sunlight creates harsh shadows, which may not be the best choice for your photo. Try shooting in the early morning or in the evening when the light is more flattering.
Pick an interesting crop – cropping your photo in a unique way to make it more interesting or to change how the viewer looks at the image.
Think about the rules of composition:
- The rule of thirds
- Leading lines
For more information, check out this blog article on composition.
Experiment with your camera settings – try wider or narrower apertures, or slower or faster shutter speeds.
- Wider (lower) apertures will create more background blur, which is great for close up shots or subjects with busy backgrounds. Narrower (higher) apertures will allow more of the scene to be in focus, which is ideal for landscape shots.
- Using a tripod and a slower shutter speed will create blur for objects that are moving, or enable you to photograph night or low-light scenes. Higher shutter speeds will allow you to shoot fast-moving objects in focus.