Light Up Your Christmas
The City of Charles Sturt is encouraging residents to light up their Christmas this festive season for a chance to win one of three Westfield gift cards.
The competition is open to homes within the City of Charles Sturt. Register your home or business by midnight on Sunday 16 December 2018. Make sure you have a photo of your display ready to upload. Voting will be happening on the City of Charles Sturt Facebook page from Monday 17 December 2018 until Monday 31 December 2018 at midnight.
- People’s Choice: $500 gift card
- People’s Choice Runner Up: $250 gift card
- Mayor’s Choice: $250 gift card
To help you with your entry, here are some tips from the City of Charles Sturt on how to take the best photo of your holiday lights, and a basic digital camera or smartphone can do the job.
Plan ahead: Choose a day when you don’t have cars or rubbish bins out the front of your house and when you have all your lights and decorations up and working.
Set up before sunset: It gets dark quicker than you think. The best time to shoot will usually be within the first half hour after the sun sets, but this can change depending on cloud cover, the direction your house faces and the brightness of your lights.
Compose your shot: Choose the best angle to show off your favourite decorations, start there then get more photos from other positions after if you want to.
Keep it steady: If you have a tripod that’s great. But otherwise you can improvise by placing your camera on a fence, your car roof, a rubbish bin. You’ll need a longer exposure to capture the lights which will result in blurry, shaky images if you don’t keep it all perfectly still.
Use a timer – if you have one: If your camera has a built in timer delay or you have remote control then use it, as your finger pushing the button can be enough to move the image and make it blurry during exposure. Otherwise press the shutter button gently to keep the camera as still as possible.
Take lots of shots: The colour and brightness of the night sky changes dramatically after sunset, take a photo every few minutes as you’ll notice the balance between the sky and your lights will change.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Charles Sturt website.
What: City of Charles Sturt Christmas Lights Competition
When: Entries open now | Closes Sunday 16 December 2018 at midnight
Where: Homes within the City of Charles Sturt, South Australia
Who: City of Charles Sturt residents
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Image source: City of Charles Sturt website
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