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PHOTO TIPS & TRICKS

PHOTO TIPS & TRICKS

Anyone can point their camera phone and shoot, but how do you make your images stand out from the crowd? We've rounded up our best tips and tricks for capturing a memorable Baby Search photo or video.

Be Creative

GET CREATIVE

Finding a different angle or a way to capture your bub's personality is key. Experiment as you shoot and remember you never know when the perfect moment will arrive so keep clicking!

See the light

SEE THE LIGHT

It doesn't matter how good your camera phone is, it can't make up for poor light. Look for natural light either just after sunrise or just before sunset. If you can't shoot at these times, then be sure to avoid the strong light of midday.

Up close & personal

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

Close-ups of your baby's face are great for capturing emotion. Shooting at your baby's eye level will show their perspective rather than yours. Your camera phone is perfectly fine for these types of shots.

Set the scene

SET THE SCENE

Clear any background clutter, which can pull the viewer's attention away. Photo filters are fun but the fewer the better. Image manipulation and collages are a no-no too.



VIDEO TIPS & TRICKS

Videos are linked from your Facebook or Instagram accounts, which must be set to public. The video category is totally optional and will not affect the outcome of your bub's photo entry. You must also enter the main photo competition to be eligible for this category.

Personality Plus

PERSONALITY PLUS

We want to see your bub's cheeky, playful, quirky personality shine through. Make personality instead of perfection your aim.

Substance over style

SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE

Avoid editing such as adding music, captions, and special effects. It's what's in the video not the quality that matters. You don't need a fancy camera or expensive equipment.

Lighting & Backdrop

LIGHTING & BACKDROP

Great natural lighting and minimal background clutter will help focus the attention on your bub. Even if you're using a camera phone, make sure your video is in focus.

Sound

SOUND

Loud noises and music can distract attention from your baby. If you are using sound, make sure it's not muffled and at a reasonable volume.

Be Creative

GET CREATIVE

Finding a different angle or a way to capture your bub's personality is key. Experiment as you shoot and remember you never know when the perfect moment will arrive so keep clicking!


See the light

SEE THE LIGHT

It doesn't matter how good your camera phone is, it can't make up for poor light. Look for natural light either just after sunrise or just before sunset. If you can't shoot at these times, then be sure to avoid the strong light of midday.


Up close & personal

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

Close-ups of your baby's face are great for capturing emotion. Shooting at your baby's eye level will show their perspective rather than yours. Your camera phone is perfectly fine for these types of shots.


Set the scene

SET THE SCENE

Clear any background clutter, which can pull the viewer's attention away. Photo filters are fun but the fewer the better. Image manipulation and collages are a no-no too.


VIDEO TIPS & TRICKS

Videos are linked from your Facebook or Instagram accounts, which must be set to public. The video category is totally optional and will not affect the outcome of your bub's photo entry. You must also enter the main photo competition to be eligible for this category.

Personality Plus

PERSONALITY PLUS

We want to see your bub's cheeky, playful, quirky personality shine through. Make personality instead of perfection your aim.


Substance over style

SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE

Avoid editing such as adding music, captions, and special effects. It's what's in the video not the quality that matters. You don't need a fancy camera or expensive equipment.


Lighting & Backdrop

LIGHTING & BACKDROP

Great natural lighting and minimal background clutter will help focus the attention on your bub. Even if you're using a camera phone, make sure your video is in focus.


Sound

SOUND

Loud noises and music can distract attention from your baby. If you are using sound, make sure it's not muffled and at a reasonable volume.

UPLOADING YOUR VIDEO TO SOCIAL MEDIA

All video entries must be uploaded to either your Facebook or Instagram accounts. They must be accessible, which means adjusting your settings to make them public. Here are some handy tips on how to upload a video to Facebook and Instagram.


PHOTO & VIDEO GUIDELINES

PHOTO & VIDEO GUIDELINES

When you upload a photo and/or video of your bub please ensure:

  • The photo file type is one of the following: jpeg, gif or png.
  • The photo is under 5MB.
  • It is a single photograph of your baby, not a collage/montage.
  • Your baby's video is no longer than 10 seconds long, otherwise it won't link or appear from Facebook or Instagram.
  • Only one video allowed per entered baby.
  • It features your bub on their own (no other people or babies).
  • It's of the baby you are entering into the competition.
  • It's of your own baby or a baby under your guardianship.
  • Your baby is wearing at least a nappy.
  • The photo or video entered doesn't feature special effects (e.g. an overuse of Instagram or Snapchat filters) or professional photographer watermarks.
  • If linking a photo or video from Instagram, make sure it was posted less than four weeks earlier. Images older than this cannot be linked. Feel free to re-upload the photo to Instagram or upload a new photo of your bub.
  • A friendly reminder: All photos and video displayed on bond.com.au as part of Bonds Baby Search competition may not be copied, altered or reused by anyone for any purpose without prior written approval from Bonds.
 

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