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Edinburgh Photographic Society

Creative Group

Competitions

The EPS  Creative Group (formerly the EPS Colour Group) has four competition evenings each season.  At each of these, members may submit two projected images:

-  one in the 'Pictorial Section'

-  the other in the 'Set Subject' section

Marks

Each image is awarded marks out of 20.

For the 2008-09 season, it was decided that judges should be asked to give marks out of 7 ( technical) + 7 (creative) +6 ( impact) = 20.

For the 2009-10 season, there will only be two categories   i.e. marks out of 10 (technical) + 10 (creative) = 20

I was invited to judge the 4th monthly competition, on March 30, 2008.

I thought about how I might interpret:

-  Technical

-  Creative

-  Impact

and I wrote the notes below.

Awarding Marks

1.  Awarding marks is subjective.  Don't expect different judges to give the same marks as each other for an image.  Sometimes there can be wide variations.

2.  Whatever marks we all get, we can learn a lot from competitions.  They can encourage us to take photos that we might not otherwise have taken, and we can learn by comparing other people's results with our own.

3.  The scoring system is new to us all.  There have been differences of opinion on whether it is the best system to use.  However, it does seem to have generated a lot of discussion about the competitions amongst the members, and that must be good.

4.  I feel that we should not be too concerned about exactly what is to be treated as 'technical / creative / impact'.  They are just headings which judges might interpret differently.  Here's how I have interpreted them.

Technical

Producing a well exposed photograph that is in focus is relatively easy with modern cameras, so we'll need more than that if we are to score 7 out of 7 for 'technical'.   In particular, we can ask questions such as:

a)  Is the photograph in focus?

b)  Has there been any camera shake?

c)  Is it well exposed, with detail retained in shadows + highlights?

d)  Is the colour true, or if not true is it appropriate?

e)  Is the horizon level?

f)  Are there any vertical lines that would be better if straightened?

f)  Is anything unwanted intruding into the edge of the frame?

g) Are there any large areas of the image lacking interest?

h) Does the image need to be cropped?

i)  Has the best format been used - portrait / landscape / letterbox?

j)  If adjusted in Photoshop, has the adjustment helped the image?

k)  Has the adjustment been done skilfully, e.g. cloning, sharpening?

l)  Is there anything else that should have been done in Photoshop?

Creative

Here we consider the idea behind the photo.  What sort of image did the photographer want to achieve?  The title of the image or set subject might help here.  How successful they were they?   We could ask:

a)  Do the lighting conditions bring out the best in the subject.

b)  Is any use of  flash or fill-in flash appropriate

c)  Has the most appropriate focal length of lens been used?

d)  Is the camera position good / too high / too low

e)  Has shutter speed been well used to show / freeze movement?

f)  Has the aperture been well used to give narrow / wide depth of field?

g)  Is there a centre of interest, and is it in the best position?

h)  Is the composition pleasing, e.g. a lead-in to the center of interest?

i)  Is the background appropriate to the subject?

j)  Would the picture benefit from adding more foreground interest?

j)  Is there anything irrelevant that could be removed or toned down?

k)  If people are in the image, do they look natural, rather than posed?

n)  What else might help the image - e.g. convert to monochrome?

l)  Has the photographer created a photo that others would have missed?

m)  Is  photographer showing signs of developing their own style?

Impact

Here I've thought about the overall result achieved.  Questions include:

a)  Does the image have immediate impact?  (Wow!)

b)  Does it have lasting impact on successive viewings?

c)  Would it look good hanging on a wall, or in a gallery?

c)  Does it capture a mood or an emotion?

d)  Does it tell a story, as in some documentary work?

e)  Is it thought provoking, raising questions or intrigue?

f)  Has it made an impression on me?

g)  Is it a photo that I will remember in the future?

-  Peter Stubbs:  March 31, 2009

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks