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Stephanie_Cunningham
05-20-2009, 03:30 PM
I'd like some feedback, please, on what the judges want to see in some types of images.

For sports, are you looking for players in motion or are team photos acceptable?
For wedding images, do you prefer the formal posed images, or are candids ok?

Stephanie

Dave_Cisco
05-20-2009, 05:09 PM
I'd like some feedback, please, on what the judges want to see in some types of images.

For sports, are you looking for players in motion or are team photos acceptable?
For wedding images, do you prefer the formal posed images, or are candids ok?

Stephanie

It always boils down to:


The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Print Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

ChrisGrandell
05-20-2009, 06:09 PM
I thought the judges weren't supposed to be using the same standards as Print Competition?

Michael_Gan
05-20-2009, 06:58 PM
I'd like some feedback, please, on what the judges want to see in some types of images.

For sports, are you looking for players in motion or are team photos acceptable?
For wedding images, do you prefer the formal posed images, or are candids ok?

StephanieHi Stephanie,
Great questions. As we have just completed this spring's evaluations here are some information that will help you in preparing your image. Come to think of it, maybe I should make this a sticky: http://www.ppa.com/community/forums/showthread.php?t=13189

Michael_Gan
05-20-2009, 08:11 PM
I thought the judges weren't supposed to be using the same standards as Print Competition?We do to some degree that the "dirty dozen" is universal to good image evaluation, but the judges aren't basing their decisions on the images ability to hang at national standards. If you studied for the written exam, you will find all the elements of the dirty dozen contained in the Upton book.

Stephanie_Cunningham
05-20-2009, 08:17 PM
Hi Stephanie,
Great questions. As we have just completed this spring's evaluations here are some information that will help you in preparing your image. Come to think of it, maybe I should make this a sticky: http://www.ppa.com/community/forums/showthread.php?t=13189

Thanks so much for the sticky link, that is exactly what I needed to know...wish I woudl have known this a few tries ago! Its pretty frustrating to be told one time I was "so close" then the next time fail miserably.

Michael_Gan
05-20-2009, 09:02 PM
Hang in there kiddo. I know of one person who had been posting on the galleries for the better part of the last year and has finally passed this time after 4 tries. I noticed that they changed almost all but two of the original images!

Dave_Cisco
05-20-2009, 10:29 PM
I thought the judges weren't supposed to be using the same standards as Print Competition?


I'll bet they use the same standards, but set the passing score below that required for the print to merit.:)