I came across this article and thought it might be helpful to post so Photographers,
in the editing process know exactly where to crop the human figure.
Good Crop Bad Crop – How to Crop Portraits
P.S. Remember the MONSTER TRUCKS are on at the Wauchope Showgrounds tomorrow, Saturday, 12th January.
Entrance Fee : $35/adult. Great photo opportunity
A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all. May the Light always be good to you and only good things be brought to your door.
I’ve arranged a Beach Shoot – with Models and Props for tomorrow. The 3rd of January at the ungodly hour of 5 am (!not a typo!) at
TOWN BEACH near the OBSERVATION TOWER. We’re chasing the light…first we want the soft light of dawn, then the richer colours of Sunrise
and then , when we have to fight the sun, we’ll be switching to external flash and reflectors.
Please come along with your Camera, external flash , Lens (wide-angle, 70-200, 50mm, 105mm, fixed prime – whatever you’ll think will serve you well) and participate in the Shoot. I have three GORJISSSSSSSS models and they’ll be frolicking, jump-leaping, posing, playing with a ball or frisbee.
Leave the family at home and come out to Town Beach and enjoy the Shooting Session from 5am-10am.
Bring your Gear, a hat, sunblock, water, a snack to see you through and LOADS of enthusiasm.
The PIOTY & DOTY Competitions with their various categories are now open for Members to upload their entries.
How-to Instructions :
Log in to the Website > Members > Enter a Club Competition > Click on the Competition you want to enter > (your personal Gallery will open with ALL the images you have loaded during 2018, plus the score you were awarded for each) > Click on Thumbnails to have a look at your images > Click on SELECT (the image you’d like to use) for the Competition you’ve clicked on ( ie. POTY- Nature, Mono, Colour ot DIOTY-Nature, Mono ,Colour )> WAIT (!) for image to upload > repeat the above steps until you have loaded different images into the various Categories in both Print and Digital (should you want to participate in both.)
Three (3) images are allowed for each Category (Nature, Mono & Colour) in both Print and Digital (a total of 18 DIFFERENT Images !) You may enter an image ONLY ONCE !!
You can remove any uploaded image from the Competition-site and enter a different image again at any time before the close of Competition which is 24th November @ 6PM.
You will notice that the November 2018 Competition’s different categories are still marked as NO RESULT – you’ll have to wait until after the 20th November to ascertain if some of those images might be good enough to enter into POTY & DIOTY.
Note : You are allowed to enter the Print Competition with Digital Competition Images (and vice versa) , PROVIDING you do not duplicate images in the various Categories
One last thing : You will NOT be able to upload an image for use in the POTY & DIOTY Competitions from your PC – it is NOT allowed. That pathway has been blocked – you may only use the images showing in your Gallery.
I will have a PowerPoint-presentation ready for Club-night on the 6th to illustrate the ease and uncomplicated way to upload images.
HPG hosted a very successful Northern Zone Convention in Laurieton at the LUSC this year.
We’ve had lots of compliments, praise about the Venue and especially the treats supplied for
morning-and-afternoon teas and of course, the Saturday-evening Dinner-combined-Awards-evening.
The Speakers were all very good – way above the standard of previous Northern Zones I attended.
We had dr Jim Frazier :-Aussie Icon and Inventor of the Infinity Lens that Directors like David Spielberg
and James Cameron were wild about. Ben Fewtrell, with his humour and enthusiasm provided a relaxing next hour
with lots of jokes and laughs and invaluable tips. Mark Galer (worldwide ambassador for Sony and Australian &
New Zealand Ambassador for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom ) is a mine of information and a technical whizz-kid.
Malcolm Fackender (Eyes on Asia/Africa/Burma/Myanmar/Cuba) is an entertaining speaker with a wealth of Travel
experience and he held the audience captive.
The Masterclasses went very well – with some hick-ups of course – not easy to herd 100 people to seven different
different shooting locations at the same time and not lose one or two. The Masterclass Leaders were David Oliver
and Malcolm Fackender in the Movement Ballet and Dance Studios, Mark Galer outside LUSC, Tim Bauer in a separate
fully equipped Studio, Doug Coleman and Susan McNeill in the Scout Hall (thanks Peter Forsyth!) and Diane and Colin
Schofield in the LUSC. We had Ice-Crystal Macro Masterclasses, Classical Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dancers,
Powerful Portraits, Studio Work and Fine Arts and Vintage Glamour Shoots. Lots of fun, lots of great images obtained
by Delegates and most went home shortly after 12 on Sunday, thankful that we didn’t arrange an ‘after-conference-shoot’
as per previous Conferences for which delegates mostly had to pay extra.
Dropbox – Link for Convention Images
Judging can become very complicated. Every person (judge) has a genre they are partial to and because of that,
should you (as a judge or photographer) not have certain definite criteria an image should adhere to, you are in danger
of not being particularly impartial. Therefore I use visual communication in helping me be impartial towards any image.
The image has to answer TWO questions whilst I am assessing it:
1) What is this image about ? (try and answer this question honestly before you submit it to any competition)
2) What is the Intent ( here I look at the composition, the rule of thirds, the DOF, the sharpness of the image,
the technical ability portrayed. Intent = Which RULES were applied in making and
presenting the image?
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Prints and the quality submitted to the Competition.
Thank you for asking me to Judge your May Print Competition.
Thank you to all the Members who have submitted images for the individual
Set Subject (Australian Nature) in the Northern Zone 2018 Competition which closes
on the 1st MARCH.
What a BUMPER CROP ! 67 x Individual Images were received (I had only 32 by Tuesday-evening)
We will keep our word and NOT CHARGE the $1/image entry fee to our Entrants.
Good luck to our Members…it will be good to bring the Set Subject Trophy Home.
Have a nice and relaxing week-end.