by Michael J. Ayers Published 01/06/2010
Here we have a fun image of a symphony concert in the park, exposed and composed nicely. There are several inherent problems with the image which could keep it from scoring higher, such as distracting colours like the conductor's shirt and the 'light traps' (white areas in the trees) in the background. One fix to an image that is too colourful is to covert it to a black and white image.
Photo 04:If you've ever seen fireworks on a scale this fantastic, you know how thrilling it can be, but being personally attached to any image is a mistake. This photograph is just too busy - plain and simple. Show your competition images to as many people as possible, including judges who will NOT be on the panel scoring your work - the feedback is extremely helpful.
Special treatments performed on photographs can greatly enhance the viewer's appreciation of the image. But judges are quick to look at exposure, focus and other qualities to see why the enhancement was used. Here the image has a watercolour feel to it, but the overall composition is too busy- less is more!
Group portraits are one of the most difficult categories to enter because the jury looks for perfection in all the faces. Here is a baseball team with a locomotive, that was composed nicely, but a typical group photograph may lack impact and storytelling and ultimately receive an average score.
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