I've never won a photo contest--until just this week. Just days after Obama won a second term.
It was an open contest put on by a local business group: you post a set of twelve pictures on Facebook and the ones with the most votes during a set period gets into a calendar (plus 15% of the sales of that calendar).
It seems like an all right deal, except there was not a panel of judges and anyone could vote on the photographs so whoever could get the most people to vote for their photos could win. This is what happened. Which, in the aftermath of a tough US presidential election, begs the question: Is an open vote by a mass of people better than a vote by a panel of experienced judges?
I have no answer. Several of the photos submitted by people were snapshots, many were decent enough shots of...
I've finally run out of reasons for not shooting RAW.
In days of yore, I used to be able to say:
1)' It's a TIME-CONSUMING step importing RAW photos' into my computer and into my image-processing software--but, truth be told now, it takes about the same time regardless of the format I shoot in. With Photoshop or Lightroom and the speed of the latest multi-core processors, getting a bunch of RAW files onto the computer isn't cumbersome at all and actually unifies the workflow.
2) 'The large files take up too much room'. Well, that's gone out the window, I just got a 16 GB SD card on sale last week for $19! And I'm sure there are even better deals on 32 GB cards. The harddrive on my laptop is 650 GB and I've barely used 20% of it after almost a year of shooting and editing photos and videos! And...
With my camera I dont have a problem of shooting speed operation, but for many years I was a little insecure of using all the time Raw, but now I cant imagine take a image without Raw! It really gives you more control of the image!
A recent article (Too Much Photoshop) detailing how a winning photo had been disqualified because of too much post-editing made me wonder about my own post philosophy.
In this shot of a modern building, for example, I decided to create a composite and added a plane over the building to add oomph to the picture. I don't feel any compunction about doing this since the intent was not to deceive but to enhance the image.
I suppose for purists, the less retouching the better. And, in some regard, I do agree. There is a part of me that believes in simplicity: If I'm shooting at the right time of day, know that I've held the camera steady and I"ve taken the time to compose properly,...
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