How to critique your work – Monthly Meeting Minutes, Dec. 8, 2015

The December meeting was held on December 8, 2015.  Guest speaker Rip Smith spoke about how to critique a photo, most importantly, how to critique you own photos.
Rip started by saying emotionally separate yourself from your photo. Sometimes you have great memory of a place, person, animal, object and what you had to do to get the photo does not necessarily make it a great photo.
Look at your image, any image with 3 things in mind:  Head, Hand, and Heart.
HEAD:  What were you thinking? What do you want to show? What feeling are you trying to get? What does it say to you and what do you want to share? Did you accomplish this?
HAND: The technical stuff. How well was it executed? Is it sharp where you wanted it sharp? Exposed correctly? How is the composition? What can you accomplish post processing?
HEART: What is impact of image? What emotion? What story can your viewers see? If you are not trying to tell a story, what is makes it dramatic? Will people stop and look?
Rip said he does not make photos for anyone else, he makes them for himself.
Mike Pulisfer said he will wait a period of time after a photo shoot to look at his images; this way the emotion of the shoot has subsided and he can look at the shots more objectively.

Meeting info:
Melanie Brownsmith Hutzler and Kelly Riner are co-presidents again for this coming year. Kelly has also taken on the secretary duties, with the support of Alice Newton. Ellen Hardesty will take on treasurer. The January meeting will be a critique party; the club voted not to have food.

Anyone interested in the planning committee, touch base with Melanie.

May Club Photo Exhibit

In May, we will be showing our work in the gallery within the Jefferson County Visitor’s Center (where our meetings are held).

Entry Submission:

Up to four entries per person may be submitted on or before April 13 to be juried.

Please submit digitally in JPEG format via email to Curt.  In the email, please give the file name of each image in the following format:  your name, title of work, entry number (up to 4, i.e. #1, #2, #3, #4), and exterior dimensions of the width and height of the framed photo given as WxH.

Example: jones_snow_#1_11x14.jpg

Images should be 1200 pixels on the long dimension with the short dimension proportional. Resolution should be set at 150 dpi and the file should be saved at a quality setting of 8.

The subjects can be of almost anything and there is no time limit as to when the photo was taken.

Judging:

The committee’s decisions will be reached by April 16th and entrants will be notified on April 16th  (same day).  Decisions of the judges will be final.
  1. The first group of photos accepted will consist of each photo judged the best from each entrant.
  2. The second group of photos will depend on how many entrants participate.
    1. If we have 12 entrants, the best two photos from each person will be accepted, since we have room for 21 photos.
    2. If more than 12 participate, the second group of photos will be those judged to be the best from all the second best photos submitted.
    3. If less than 12 entrants participate, the second group will consist of all the photos judged second best from each entrant, PLUS a third group consisting of the best of the third best photos.

Framing:

Each entrant is responsible for matting and framing his or her entry.  Entries must have wire across the back for ease of hanging.  Frame sizes must be either 16 x 20 or 11 x 14.  If at all possible, use simple black frames whose edges are about 1” wide.
Finished works should be delivered to Fire Hall on May 1st .  If you cannot make those dates, please let one of us know and we can arrange to meet you before then to accept your photos.  The committee will hang the exhibit on May 2nd.

Opening Reception: 

May 3rd  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Take down is May 29th .
Thanks so much for your interest in making this a show to remember!!  We hope that everyone chooses to participate.
Curt Mason, Melanie Brownsmith, Ellen Hardesty

April Photo Contest

In case you haven’t received the rules yet, here they are (stolen from last year’s email):
  • There is no set theme.
  • The photo must have been TAKEN in the past 12 months (not just developed/printed in the last 12 months).
  • The two club member levels are NOVICE and ADVANCED.  If you don’t know which level you belong in, yet you have won repeatedly in the “novice” level, you probably belong in the advance level.  Once you move up, there’s no moving back down.
  • The contest will consist of two rounds. Each member may enter up to three photos in each round (a total of six photos per member).
  • The minimum size for a photo is 5 x 7 with an 8 x 10 or larger being preferred.
  • The photo should be matted, but this is NOT a requirement.  (Of course, if it is already framed that is fine.)
There will no longer be a distinction between film and digital or whether the photograph is color or black and white. (There aren’t enough film and/or black and white entries to justify additional categories.)
NO ONE will be allowed in the same room with the judge(s) while the photos are being assessed.
Below are pre-made tags you can fill out ahead of time to make things smoother at the start of the meeting:
 Round ________
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 Title _____________________________
 Photographer _____________________________
 Round ________
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 Title _____________________________
 Photographer _____________________________
 Round ________
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 Title _____________________________
 Photographer _____________________________
 Round ________
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 Title _____________________________
 Photographer _____________________________
 Round ________
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 Title _____________________________
 Photographer _____________________________
 Round ________
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 Photographer _____________________________

January Presentation: Christmas Lights and Snow Photography

The two most important things you look for in composing a snow photo is Tonal Range and Texture.

Tonal Range –  term used to describe the range of brightness levels in an image from the darkest to the lightest.  For many pictures (but not all) you want this to cover the full range possible from jet black to brilliant white.  If it does not, then the image can look flat.

Texture – 1. A structure of interwoven fibers or other elements.

2. The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts

3.

a. The appearance and feel of a surface

b. A rough or grainy surface quality

4. Distinctive or identifying quality or character

How to achieve the perfect composition now that you’ve got your snow boots on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5UCS0bQaS8&list=PLlbzRP67Zr4JcJZDhDxt4lrnnwoZv_F8Z

  1. Using Exposure Compensation

  2. The Correct ISO

  3. Choosing a detail

Exposure compensation is an easy way to correct for improper exposure.  It is a “sliding scale” found on most digital cameras, usually indicated with a “plus/minus” sign and a sliding scale, usually ranging from -2.0 on the left to +2.0 on the right.  There will be an indicator on the scale that shows where the exposure compensation adjustment is.  Usually it is in the middle, at 0.  This means the camera will make its exposure and take the picture with no input by you the photographer.  In simple terms, adjusting the exposure compensation slider makes the next picture you take darker or lighter.  It is forcing the camera to adjust is calculated exposure darker or lighter.  You are not setting the actual exposure settings, that is still left up to the camera’s computer, what you are doing is telling the camera that you are not completely satisfied with its calculations and adjusting them slightly.

The Correct ISO try not to go above 1000 to stay away from noise.

Choosing a detail – Find something with a hint of color or exciting contrast in texture.

Photographing Christmas Lights

Things to Try:

Go at Dusk not complete Darkness.

Use a tripod

Keep your ISO low to avoid noise

Bokeh – Creating or buying a kit for your lens.  Remember wide open aperture of 2.8 or greater.

Links to all the videos including a few I didn’t include today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgLiKK3fumA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7_6_g37B1Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnDLntPAxcs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVyeb3CIGbU

November Photo Contest

In case you haven’t received the rules yet, here they are (stolen from last year’s email):
  • There is no set theme.
  • The photo must have been TAKEN in the past 12 months (not just developed/printed in the last 12 months).
  • The two club member levels are NOVICE and ADVANCED.  If you don’t know which level you belong in, yet you have won repeatedly in the “novice” level, you probably belong in the advance level.  Once you move up, there’s no moving back down.
  • The contest will consist of two rounds. Each member may enter up to three photos in each round (a total of six photos per member).
  • The minimum size for a photo is 5 x 7 with an 8 x 10 or larger being preferred.
  • The photo should be matted, but this is NOT a requirement.  (Of course, if it is already framed that is fine.)
There will no longer be a distinction between film and digital or whether the photograph is color or black and white. (There aren’t enough film and/or black and white entries to justify additional categories.)
NO ONE will be allowed in the same room with the judge(s) while the photos are being assessed.
Below are pre-made tags you can fill out ahead of time to make things smoother at the start of the meeting:

 

 
 Round ________
 
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 
 Title _____________________________
 
 Photographer _____________________________
 
 Round ________
 
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 
 Title _____________________________
 
 Photographer _____________________________
 
 Round ________
 
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 
 Title _____________________________
 
 Photographer _____________________________
 
 Round ________
 
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 
 Title _____________________________
 
 Photographer _____________________________
 
 Round ________
 
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 
 Title _____________________________
 
 Photographer _____________________________
 
 Round ________
 
 Novice ___   Advanced ___
 
 Title _____________________________
 
 Photographer _____________________________