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AHPC 2019 Competition Subject Definitions

 

  • We strongly encourage you, well ahead of competition dates, to research ideas and techniques from a photographic point of view for all categories and definitions.
  • All competition categories and briefs will be tutored on Club nights prior to the competition dates.  If you have any questions regarding these definitions or other aspects of the competitions then please don't hesitate to contact one of the Committee members.
  • Please follow the Competition Rules on sizing, mounting & submitting.

 

The following are the Competition Subject Definitions which have been approved by the Program sub-committee for 2019 -

 

March 27 Competition

Print Colour – Open – Straight from Camera

A colour print – Straight Out of Camera. You choose the subject, but the photo must be a JPEG image straight out of camera with no post-processing except for minor cropping. In-camera features, such as HDR, 'art-filters' and panorama mode are OK to use.  The important thing is that you only use your camera to get the shot you want and not your computer (minor cropping excepted). Watch the white balance, get the exposure right, take time to compose the shot then send the camera JPEG straight to printing.  Did I mention minor cropping is acceptable?

Digital Colour – Abstract

A colour digital image – Get creative! Maybe a portrait with heavily saturated (or pastel) colours. How about a melting clock? Not original enough? You choose the subject and if, or how, you process it.

The abstract photography article in wikipedia is a good starting point… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_photography

Digital Mono - Open

A monochrome digital image – you choose the subject.  Any post-processing is acceptable. Remember that monochrome can be shades of red or green or any other single colour.  It doesn't have to be greys.


May 8 Competition

Print MonoLimited Depth of Field

A mono print – you choose the subject but the image must have a narrow depth of field. Basic post-processing only.

Digital Colour – Open

A colour digital image - you choose the subject and how you process it.

Digital Mono – Street Photography

A monochrome digital image. For some definitions and background on what street photography is (it doesn’t have to be taken in the street!) have a look at http://erickimphotography.com/blog/the-ultimate-beginners-guide-for-street-photography. The idea is to accurately capture a moment, so post-processing for this one is limited to basic image adjustments including tone, sharpening, noise reduction, cropping, vignetting and minor spot removal. Don’t combine images or add anything.


June 26 Competition

Print ColourWildlife/Animal Photography

A colour print – go wild – pictures of animals in the wild, captivity or at home. Basic post-processing is OK but don’t combine images or add anything.

Digital Colour – Reflections

A colour digital image – a reflection of … whatever… in water, glass, mirrors, metal, anything – but no post-processing to create the effect – you need to photograph the reflection.

Digital Mono – Open

A monochrome digital image - you choose the subject and how you process it.


August 28 Competition

Print MonoCreative use of Flash

A monochrome print – use what you learned from our guest speaker on flash photography and bring out the photo in your photography. For more inspiration, check out https://www.lightstalking.com/on-camera-flash-tips/

The idea is to get the effect you want using flash creatively, so basic post-processing is fine, but no graduated filters, dodging, burning, vignetting or combining images please.

Digital Colour – Interior Architecture

A colour digital image – we’ve all taken pictures of the outside of buildings – now it’s time to try the inside. Find that interesting composition of the interior of a building – the spiral staircase, the intricate patterns. Basic post-processing is OK, including minor spot removal.

Digital Mono – Open

A monochrome digital image - you choose the subject and how you process it.


October 9 Competition

Print Colour – “What’s That” Close-up

A colour print – get up close to something that will have the viewer wondering what they’re looking at. Think… the tip of a pen or the edge of a key. For inspiration, check out https://twistedsifter.com/2015/01/extreme-close-ups-of-everyday-things-by-pyanek/

It’s a picture of (part of) a real-life object, so limit post-processing to the basics, although focus stacking is acceptable to enhance depth of field.

Digital Colour – Open

A colour digital image – you choose the subject and how you process it.

Digital Mono – Scape with a Dramatic Sky

A monochrome digital image – seascape, landscape, cityscape – any ‘scape’ you can think of. Just make sure it includes a dramatic sky - pretty much any post-processing you like to bring out the drama, but no image replacement.


November 13 Competition

Print MonoSports/Action

A monochrome print – use everything you learned from our sports photography guest speaker and capture that heroic moment. A bit of photojournalism - stick to basic post-processing.

Digital Colour – Portraiture

A colour digital image – practice everything you’ve learned about lighting for the perfect portrait. Basic post-processing only, including minor spot-removal.

Digital Mono – Open

A monochrome digital image – you choose the subject and how you process it.

Adelaide Hills Photography Club (C) 2019