Our meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm, will begin with a presentation by Michael Waterman.
- People often ask, “How can I learn to take better pictures?” Photo judging at local camera clubs is one of the best ways to hone one’s skills. Peer judges can provide objective and unbiased comments and challenge photographers to learn new skills and improve their work.
- Camera club judges generally evaluate photographs in two respects: the technical qualities of the image and the emotional impact.
- There are many technical qualities that judges consider. Does the lighting render a properly exposed photograph? Is there a strong center of interest? Are the elements in the photograph evenly arranged or composed? On the technical side, judges and photographers are guided by recognized principles or rules-of-thumb.
- Judging the emotional impact of a photograph is much more subjective than the technical qualities. What’s interesting to one person may not interest another. Judges challenge photographers to produce images that tell a story or elicit a mood or feeling.
- Participants will learn how to judge photographs for amateur competition, but the skills will also help participants take better photographs by exploring, “what makes a better photograph?”
Members are asked to bring up to four photos they would like to discuss in small groups. Bring your photos on a thumb drive, or better yet, bring small prints. If you have a laptop, bring that, too! We will provide a short list of talking points to get the discussion started.