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Spencer_Boerup
06-20-2007, 02:09 AM
Just took the test, and getting together what I think are some of my favorites for competition purposes. Just want to run it by those who have more experience @ comps and critiques than me! Thanks in advance for your help!

I know that some of them are from the same job, but thought I'd see what you all thought first before assuming which one was the best.

My categories are:
50% portraits
30% weddings
20% architecture

Also, what dimensions are these submitted as on the DVD? 4x5 dimensions? If so, please suggest the best crop if you don't like the composition, thanks! Also, my liason said they are going to online submission of images?

http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/_MG_0636.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/_MG_2407.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/_MG_2572.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/_MG_2917.jpg

Spencer_Boerup
06-20-2007, 02:10 AM
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/_MG_9272.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/_MG_9311.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Boerup0011.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Copy%20of%20Hoefferle_0222.jpg

Spencer_Boerup
06-20-2007, 02:10 AM
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Courtyard1.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/DPP_0004.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/DPP_0020.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Family%20Room.jpg

Spencer_Boerup
06-20-2007, 02:11 AM
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Front%20Door%201.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Front%20Pano%20Dusk%20-%20corrected.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Hoefferle_0165.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Hoefferle_0546.jpg

Spencer_Boerup
06-20-2007, 02:11 AM
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/IMG_1410.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/IMG_4315-01-bw.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/IMG_4523-01.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/IMG_7354.jpg

Spencer_Boerup
06-20-2007, 02:12 AM
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/IMG_7677.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/IMG_8803.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Kitchen%201.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Living%20Room%202.jpg

Spencer_Boerup
06-20-2007, 02:12 AM
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Mowen0709.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Nicole%20Final.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/Pruett_0127.jpg
http://www.sboerup.com/images/ppa/RoBo%20Final.jpg

Spencer_Boerup
06-22-2007, 04:35 PM
That bad eh? Anyone care to help or comment?

Rory_Schweighart
06-22-2007, 04:59 PM
The only one I would get rid of is 11 all the other are great.

Karen_Linsley
06-22-2007, 05:00 PM
That bad eh? Anyone care to help or comment?

I don't think that's the issue Spencer. I had troubles getting people to critique my work for certification as well....I sent private messages to a few select folks and personally asked them to critique for me.

One thing to keep in mind though is that there is discrepancy between what the rules for submission say and what actually happens at the judging. The rules say to submit work as you would for a client, but the images are judged according to print competition rules. Work for clients and work for print comp are two entirely different animals but if you want to pass certification, submit images as if you were entering print comp and you will do fine.

Jane_Lydick_Staid
06-22-2007, 06:02 PM
Karen,

I think you misunderstand the judging method. The images used for competition are printed much darker than a print for a client would be. They are viewed under very different conditions. That and the fact that you might not use strokes etc in a client image.

When I had to submit my images to get my Master's I simply took 10 images that were merit prints in competition and printed them as a client would get if they ordered an 8x10. I never shot anything specifically for competition, it just didnt work for me. Back then, we only had to use 10 images. The judging criteria is just about the same, lighting, impact, composition etc. The scores for merits have to be higher than for certification.

Jane_Lydick_Staid
06-22-2007, 06:04 PM
Spencer,

You have a very strong set of images there. I would get rid of number 11, the harsh directional lighting will kill that one. Good luck.

Jackie_Haggerty
06-22-2007, 07:58 PM
Spencer, I agree with Jane. Pick the top 20 strongest, and you will have no problem at all. (IMO, there's no worry for you there!)

I also wanted to note that the judges may be looking at the same technical elements as for competition, but that is because the technical elements need to exist within the image and show an understanding of them. When the image shows that the maker understands the technical elements and can execute them- then you have images that should not have a problem with the certification process.

Mark_Levesque
06-22-2007, 07:59 PM
Work for clients and work for print comp are two entirely different animals but if you want to pass certification, submit images as if you were entering print comp and you will do fine.
Is this a sly way for you to indicate that your resubmission passed? :)

Auralee_Dallas
06-22-2007, 09:08 PM
I too think you have a nice set of images here. I love the family portraits and they way you have handled the backgrounds. One reminder is that you can only have one of of each subject or event and seems there is some duplication.

Spencer_Boerup
06-24-2007, 07:58 AM
Thanks for all your help. As for as the format, on the DVD, these must be cropped to a 4x5 (8x10) format. Is this true? Thanks again.

Karen_Linsley
06-24-2007, 02:51 PM
Hi Spencer, if you are going to go the DVD route, make them 8 by 10s. However, you can now take advantage of the uploading online route, contact PPA for a user name and password. It is much easier and quicker.

Rory_Schweighart
06-26-2007, 04:33 PM
not so crazy about 26 either

R._Edward_Lewis
07-18-2007, 03:22 PM
Very nice body of work. This must have taen a bit of time to compile.

MichaelAlanPhoto
08-10-2007, 02:38 PM
I like them all except #20. Something about the face. Maybe throw some post processing on her and give it a different effect. I like the pose though.

Phillip_Colwart
08-10-2007, 03:20 PM
Spencer,

Yes, we can only show the same client once... I think 2 and 3 are the same clients...

No need to crop to 4x5... again, present them as if for a client. I don't crop mine for the client and didn't for my images submission.

Also, I've never entered a print competition, so I didn't do anything extra to the images. The images are being judged/reviewed as a body of work, not individually.

It may be a lot easier, cheaper and faster to use the new image uploading. Check out other threads in the Certification forum for the lowdown.

Contact Marissa Pitts at PPA. She will tell you to download the image submission form. Fill it out, mail it to her and she will reply to you by email with a user name and password. Resize your images to 550 pixels on the long side at 300 dpi. Upload 20 of them to the website indicated. Be sure to upload at least two or three days before the deadline so you'll have time to address any uploading challenges and still get them in on time.

Hope this helps...