View Full Version : PPI print competition help - 1st comp

01-25-2011, 04:07 AM
Hey everyone. This is my first post here and the reason is to get help with my first competition - PPI coming up in 1 1/2 weeks. I'll post more later that I might want to submit, but want to get an idea first of general thoughts on these images for competition purposes. I know you can only enter one child per category - first 3 images is same girl, 4th just looks a lot like her.

A few of my thoughts - how would "different" processing be viewed, like in the first and last images? I can change those to regular editing if they are comp worthy.

Other thoughts in general would be appreciated. thanks!





01-25-2011, 12:56 PM
I would enter number 2 and number 4 of these chocies. You mentioned processing. Keep in mind that whatever you do to an image needs to enhance it. Ask yourself, does it make the image better, or not? Your comp..it is only a week and a half away? Is it a file competition, or a print comp?

01-25-2011, 02:25 PM
Thanks for your feeback Jeff. Would you mind going a bit further and telling me why you'd enter 2 and 4? What makes those better print comp images?

About the file vs print - I'm sorry, don't know the difference, can you explain?

Yes the competition is about a week - prints due Feb 5th.

01-25-2011, 02:37 PM
Some states have gone to digital competitions so allow you to submit your digital file to be judged. Other states have not gone that route yet and are sticking with traditional prints.

01-26-2011, 04:26 AM
#2 Is the strongest because of the innocence of the subject. I would suggest cropping off another 1/2 inch from the top and crop the bottom to just remove her right hand making this a slim print. Remember the judging lights are bright so print it down 10-15% darker than you normally would.

#1 What are you telling us is the most important element in the image?
The top of her head? The back of her hands? This is not a portrait as much as an illustration but there is not enough information to carry it.

#3 Too light, looks over exposed. I would have liked to see more direction to the light so that she has more depth to her face. As it is the light is very flat. Composition is not helping the image either, flower and hands are distracting.

#4 Cute expression. Hat clashes with her dress and in my mind really distracts from your subject. Any time you add a technique to the image, ask yourself, does it add to the image or distract? Does it appear to be done to try to hide problems or issues? Here I see no real reason for the cross process look other than to maybe try to minimize the color issues of hat to dress OR to hide the problem of poor color balance in the original image. I am saying this to show what can happen in judges minds when a technique such as this used.
No matter what you do the dark areas of the hat are still too distracting.

01-26-2011, 04:48 AM
Thanks so much Keith!