Article: PHOTO CONTESTS!!!: Judging

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By Brenda Essig aka Zanymuse on June 10, 2012

Wren a.k.a. Sandy Coffman has added photo contests to her forums and hopes that we will all be seeing RED soon with this first contest. Everyone is invited to join the fun.

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Jun 10, 2012 7:52 AM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
I am not judging your camera but the picture. I will be judging on what your picture tells me. So everyone please no matter what kind of camera you have please take the best picture you can. I always say that it is not the camera but the person who is behind it, that takes the picture. The camera just helps you along

And remember this is to be fun

Thanks and looking forward to all y'all pictures

Jun 16, 2012 5:19 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
I'm looking forward to some pointers... feel free to "pick apart" any of my entries publicly if you think there's a "learning point" (good or bad, LOL) to be made. I know which images I like, but I don't always know *why* I like them, can't explain why I like the proportions better with one crop vs. another, or maybe I like the "movement" in a photo but can't analyze it any better than that.

I totally agree about it being the person and not the camera... and the more photos you take, the better you get at taking ones you think are really special. I love the "digital age" where I don't have to pay for film & developing every time I click!
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Jun 16, 2012 7:01 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
Critter I think you are on the right track, you are developing what I call the "EYE:. One thing I do is go to the National Geographic Society web site and study the pictures in their galleries. And as you study them remember that "as one of my photo teachers told me" those photographers take hundreds of pictures on their trip and only a few are good enough to go into the magazine.
So take lots of pictures of each of your subjects, from different angles and different settings.
And keep your "eye" out for that "picture" like the one with the frog in the red flower. .
I would be glad to help you with any of your pictures. Just post and ask. I am not a expert, I have some of the tools and knowledge.

Be welling to try different things. One day I forget to change the expose on my camera and I get a over-exposed picture, I played around with it on the computerm, I liked what I find, so I went out and tried to recreate it, by under exposing the pictures and this is what I get. This picture was not retouched

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