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Change in image submission guidelines

Anonymous_light_bulbIn accordance with the image sizing rules for the 2014 Western Cape Inter-Club Competition we are amending the sizing guidelines for submission of digital images for club competition and evaluation evenings.

You were previously allowed to submit images with a maximum width of 1400 pixels, a maximum height of 1050 pixels and a maximum file size of 500KB. These have now been increased to the following.

Maximum image width: 1920 pixels
Maximum image height: 1080 pixels
Maximum image file size: 1MB (one megabyte)

The How to enter digital images and How to resize digital images pages have been updated to reflect this.

Some members seem to have trouble getting their image sizing to work correctly, submitting images that have had the maximum allowed width applied as the height of the image or vice versa. If you have trouble remembering which dimensions apply to horizontal, vertical or square images; don’t bother. All you need to remember is that no image may be wider than 1920 pixels or taller than 1080 pixels. If one of your dimensions is bigger, just set it to the maximum allowed for that dimension and let your software reduce the other dimension automatically.

Why Curves is One of the Most Powerful Tools in Photoshop

curvesJason Row explains why the curves tool is one of the most useful and important tools in Photoshop. Members that attend the black and white meetings will have seen that this tool is available elsewhere too; for example in FastStone Image Viewer, where we sometimes use it to try adjusting images as we view them.

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LIGHTROOM BLACK AND WHITE CONVERSION – STEP BY STEP

bwconvertThis article from DIY Photography presents a nice step-by-step tutorial on converting images to black and white using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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Photo competition in support of Helderberg Hospice

HH PosterHelderberg Hospice are holding a photography competition to raise funds. The exact prizes have not yet been announced as they’re awaiting final confirmation but they have been promised a camera as the prize for the overall winner. Once they notify us of the exact prizes we’ll update this post with the details.

I have asked about copyright implications as I know this is of concern to some of our members. This is the answer I received.

As far as copyright goes we only ask (on the entry form which as to be completed in-store at Kodak Waterstone and Somerset Mall) for the right to exhibit the winning photographs at an Open Day at Helderberg Hospice in November. Winning photographs will be sent each month to Bolander, District Mail and the Gordon’s Bay Review for publication. We would also like to post those photos on our Facebook page as part of the promotion of the competition, but we would always credit the photographer for the use of the photo.

Here are some details of the competition. You can also click the image above to see a larger version of the poster.

Life in Full Focus photographic competition

Whether you’re serious about photography or just a happy snapper, your photographs could make you a winner in the Life in Full Focus competition launched by Helderberg Hospice in conjunction with Kodak Superfoto. There are three categories in which to enter and you may interpret them as widely and creatively as you like. Action photo lovers may enjoy entering the Making the Most of the Moment section, while parents as well as those who specialise in macro photography could find their niche in It’s the Little Things that Matter. Anyone who has been stopped in their tracks by a spectacular view or sunset will want to enter the Wow! category.

Photographs must be submitted for development to Kodak Superfoto at Waterstone Village or Somerset Mall by the last Monday of August, September and November. Monthly winners will be announced in the local media the following week and an overall winner of the competition will be announced in November. A R5 entry fee will go towards Helderberg Hospice and an exhibition of winning photographs will be on display at the Hospice during November.

For enquiries contact Patricia McNaught Davis at 082 731 5736 or at patricia@helderberghospice.org.za

CROP OR CRAP :: MATH OR MOMENT

croporcrapIn this article and the associated video, Zach Arias examines whether full frame sensors (35mm) are truly better than crop sensors (APS-C).

His conclusion is that advances in APS-C sensors have made the difference negligible.

Read the article to find out why he says this.

Is HDR a Fad?

20140427-134039.jpgNicole S. Young writes;

I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a “fad”, and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to what their own definition of HDR is. After reading that it got me thinking, and I knew it would be a good topic to post here. So, without further ado, here’s my very own opinionated “rant” about HDR.

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5 Lessons Vivian Maier Has Taught Me About Street Photography

20140427-123437.jpgEric Kim presents a fairly in-depth look at the fascinating photographic life of Vivian Maier, ending with some lessons he’s drawn from her work.

He begins;

A street photographer whose work and life I hugely admire is that of Vivian Maier. For those of you who haven’t heard her story, she worked and lived as a nanny her entire adult life– and shot street photography on the side for herself. She created incredible black and white and color work through the 1950′s all the way through the late 1990′s. She shot an incredible amount of images– that amount to over 100,000 negatives.

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