2018 Image Evaluation Topics

 

 

TOPIC 2018 SUBMISSION DATE EVALUATION DATE
OPEN 10th JANUARY 5th FEBRUARY
Tight Crop 5th FEBRUARY 5th MARCH
OPEN 5th MARCH 2nd APRIL
Intimate Landscape 2nd APRIL 7th MAY
OPEN 7th MAY 4th JUNE
Silver, Leather, Metal 4th JUNE 2nd JULY
OPEN 2nd JULY 6th AUGUST
Glass 6th AUGUST 3rd SEPTEMBER
OPEN 3rd SEPTEMBER 1st OCTOBER
Fog/Mist 1st OCTOBER 12th NOVEMBER
PORTFOLIO 12th NOVEMBER 3rd DECEMBER

 

TOPICS , DEFINITIONS and  REFERENCE MATERIAL  2018

  • OPEN (January, March, May, July, September)

This familiar topic allows members to continue developing their skills and extend the range of photographic styles they attempt.   Members may consider revisiting previous topics; re-working an earlier image, implementing acquired knowledge;  trying new photographic genres;  using topics of their choice;  or experimenting with aspect ratios, colour or monochrome or HDR treatments.  The variety produced under this topic will assist the choice of images for VAPS.

  • TIGHT CROP    (February)

This  topic prompts members to explore a subject in detail, without including the entire subject.  This topic should encourage photographers to focus on  one aspect of the subject, trying to capture the viewer’s attention.  The background’s influence should be negligible.

References

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http://truecenterpublishing.com/photopsy/cropping.

 

  • INTIMATE LANDSCAPES  (April)

This topic needs a focus on a small piece of the landscape and trying to eliminate clutter in complex scenes.    Either a wide-angle lens or telephoto lens can be used effectively to capture these image.  Telephoto lenses are great for compressing space and emphasizing patterns – typically key components of intimate landscapes; while, the wider field of view helps create a stronger sense of depth, making the viewer feel immersed in the scene, and that immersion can lead to a stronger emotional connection with the photograph. Members are advised to research the work of Eliot Porter (link below) and try focusing on one object in the landscape.  It must stand out against the rest of the image’s content.   It should simultaneously offer a close view of the key subject, but also offer a sense of what the wider view contains.

References

https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/on-location/featured-stories/the-forgotten-intimate-landscape

https://landscapephotographymagazine.com/2014/capturing-intimate-landscapes/

http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/06/intimate-landscapes/

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/intimate_landscapes_photographs

 

 

  • SILVER, LEATHER, METAL (June)

Key subjects for this topics should be made from leather or metals, in particular, silver.  Other materials may be included in the image but should not dominate.  Members should work to ensure their images are engaging for their viewers.

References

http://learnmyshot.com/how-to-photograph-shiny-reflective-objects-silver-chrome-metal/

http://styleshoots.com/product-photography-tutorial/2016/5/how-to-photograph-shiny-shoes-and-footwear-for-your-ecommerce

https://www.photigy.com/photography-tutorial-leather-handbag/

https://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-reflective-surfaces/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG2VY2vxFhc

 

  • GLASS (August)

Clearly glass, glasses or object consisting mainly of glass would be required for these images.  The workshop led by  Adrian Smith  will be beneficial when preparing for this topic.  Imagination, interesting composition and knowing how to deal with the qualities of glass will be crucial in creating excellent, engaging images.  Consider all aspects and uses of glass to ensure a variety of photographs.

References

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlQwt7_ZXKg

https://digital-photography-school.com/3-easy-steps-to-photograph-glassware-with-minimal-gear/

https://www.digitalphotomentor.com/tips-for-photographing-glassware-on-both-black-and-white-backgrounds/

https://www.diyphotography.net/glass-technique/

 

  • FOG / MIST (October)

The presence  of fog or mist contributes to evocative images, adding beauty, mystery and a sense of depth in a scene or landscape.   Tonal range is critical, so a flat image is not produced.

References

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/fog-photography.htm

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/4328/capture-photos-foggy-misty-conditions/

https://loadedlandscapes.com/photographing-mist-fog/

 

  • FOLIO (November)

References

How to Create a Portfolio of your Work

https://www.expertise.com/design-and-photography/essential-steps-to-an-art-or-photography-portfolio