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Old 06-11-2013, 10:13 PM
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Default Photography contests.... Should we bring them back?

I've been recently finding myself interested in working on my camera skills a bit more, and the thought came up to bring back the contests. I just want to see how interested everyone would be in doing them again, and any changes they want to make.

I think it would be best to allow editing this time around, but given the old rules and layout, what would you change? I'm even open to not making it a contest, just a monthly theme to get people out shooting photos and working on their photography skills.

So... Thoughts?
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I like the idea of a monthly theme
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In either contest or theme
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If we do contests we should do both (or either) edited and unedited since some of us can edit better than we shoot
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:54 PM
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If we do contests we should do both (or either) edited and unedited since some of us can edit better than we shoot
That's part of why I was thinking of just doing a theme. The time, judging, etc. from the contests doesn't seem worth it compared to just posting a theme and people can post up whatever they take.
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That's part of why I was thinking of just doing a theme. The time, judging, etc. from the contests doesn't seem worth it compared to just posting a theme and people can post up whatever they take.
The trick is to post broad themes like
-color
-b&w
-symmetry
-peace
-fear
-red
-animal
-life

Etc, and limit editing to like dodge/burn/sharpening and maybe a touch of curves (light/tone/contrast). (All these features can be accessed free w Flickr and their edit suite)

But no cloning or photoshop layers etc.

I'd try to take part
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:08 PM
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I guess my thought this time around is that having a simple theme, as you just mentioned, but not restricting what people enter, would be a good way to get people shooting photos and posting them up. I don't care if someone wants to use this as a way to refine their editing skills or their ability behind the camera.

A good example would be this: June theme - Flowers. One person might post a back drop of a huge field of wildflowers behind their car with little editing and a lot of color, the next one might find a small group of flowers and use them as a splash of color on a highly edited sepia tone photo from an industrial district. Each one sought out a cool location and edited the photo as desired.

They're not getting voted on, but hopefully critiqued by their peers. Maybe they each learn something from each others photo...

Edit: Also, if people decide to do a lot of editing, maybe they'll want to post the original for comparison.
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I like that idea. Any excuse to go out and take pictures is a good one
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Yeah. I don't really understand what people have against editing... but just post stuff... honestly maybe calling it a contest is a bad idea then it makes people scared. Just post regarding them theme every month
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I'd certainly be game for a theme a month, as I quite frequently leave the house with my camera- on the way to work or on other duties- and find myself coming home without snapping a single shot. With a specific target in mind, I'll be much more likely to take some shots, even if they don't initially strike me as just "I've gotta get a pic of that!" material.

It's a shame it's not official, as my pic from last weekend might fit a theme of flowers:
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Maybe a thread where anyone pops up a picture on Sunday morning that sets the theme for one week. That way it's nobody in particular who has to keep coming up with themes.
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for that matter we could get started on say Saturday and have this first weeks theme be flowers. That would get it into motion and out of discussion mode
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I like this, would help me get off my arse and take more pics...
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