Hi All, what a great comp night we had on Monday night with Mick’s very helpful and informative judging.

Mick has been kind enough to send through his notes that he explained to us at the beginning of the night. I have put these notes below. I’m sure we’ll all find them very helpful when we’re trying to work out how best to present our images for judging.

Cheers,
Sue Winsley


The role of a judge is to critique and from an opinion on each image, pass on a comment that may assist in improvement of that image (if required),based on their experience as a photographer and also a photographic judge.
·      Photography is an art form and is therefore subjective.
·      Influenced by personal feelings, tastes & self-opinions.
THAT’S HOW PEOPLE JUDGE PHOTOS.

LIGHTING:YOU MUST HAVE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING HOW SENSITIVE LIGHT TO FILM.
•      Photography is all about capturing LIGHTthrough EXPOSURE.
•      The way an image gets read is affected by degrees of light. 
Is it well controlled? Does it show off the subject well? Could it work better? 

TECHNIQUE: IS THE QUALITY OF THE IMAGE AS IT IS PRESENTED FOR VIEWING
•      Sharpness & Detail, ISO/Grain, Brightness & Contrast?
•      If you need an image to be sharp it must be macro.
•      Highlights & Shadows with no hot spots. (Under expose ½ a stop as a rule of thumb)
•      If the image is digitally manipulated, has the manipulation altered composition?
•      Has manipulation work for the image? Does it make the image look fake?

COMPOSITION & IMPACT
COMPOSITION:Is bringing all the visual elements together to express the purpose of that image.
IMPACT:Is the emotion one gets upon viewing an image for the first time so that the viewer understands your intension?
•      Where is the eye lead ~ focal point? (The point of interest must be sharp and in focus)
•      Is the main centre of interest well placed in the frame?
•      Is the image pleasing to the eye?  Skilful and Dynamic?
•      Does the composition make effective use of leading lines and negative space?
•      Is the image balanced? Are there any distracting elements in the image? 

SUBJECT MATTER, STORY TELLING, MOOD & ARTISTIC APPROACH:
Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke emotion & imagination and presenting that image to express your vision.
•      Does the image effectively tell a story? 
•      Does the image have emotion, mood, feeling, creativity of the subject matter?
•      Does the image show an original approach & impact of the subject?
•      Are the colours, patterns and tones effective, with interesting textures?
•      The use of camera angle for artistic effect.
NoteAT SOME UNKNOWN POINT, A PHOTO CAN BE FOREVER A PIECE OF TIMELESS FINE ART.

PRINTING
It’s the print that you truly builds your reputation as a photographer.
When you present your image, you want your print to look photographic, a fine piece of art when you hold, feel and show it, it’s your artistic intent.
It’s the print that defines you as a photographer.
•      Is the print processed to show natural colour, tones and textures, with no distracting marks?
•      Is the image properly mounted to complement the presentation of the image?