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Old Jun 25, 2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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I've never entered any photography contests.

However friends have and one issue that has come up is the idea of what constitutes a 'photograph' entered into a contest.

The photographs friends entered were pretty well as taken from the camera. There had been a bit of cropping...but that was about it.

In contrast, some photographs entered by other individuals had been been extensively post processed by after market processing programs. Some photographs showed signs of amalgamating several photographs into the finished work and were triumphs of what we used to call in the film days...lab work.

Don't get me wrong...my issue isn't the fact that some process their original photograph so extensively that little remains of the original photograph as taken.

Different strokes for different folks as we used to say...way back when.

My issue is....in a photography contest...shouldn't their be different classes for these two types of photography ?

One would be for ...photographs relatively untouched from the original shot taken through the camera lens...the other should be...photographs that have been altered extensively through post processing.

What's your view ?
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Old Jun 25, 2012, 1:11 PM   #2
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My view is: digital photography has been around long enough now that anyone holding a competition should be aware of these potential pitfalls and should explicitly state what is and is not allowed. I don't have a problem with whatever rules are put in place. If a person doesn't like the rules they don't have to enter. But if the rules don't explicitly discuss what editing is and is not allowed that's an issue.
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My feeling is that, if you want to dictate the rules for a contest, then host the contest. If you don't like the rules of somebody else's contest, don't enter it.
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My feeling is that, if you want to dictate the rules for a contest, then host the contest. If you don't like the rules of somebody else's contest, don't enter it.
It is not a question of dictating or not dictating rules...it's a question of being clear what the contest is about...is it a lab tech contest...or is it a photographer's contest.
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My view is: digital photography has been around long enough now that anyone holding a competition should be aware of these potential pitfalls and should explicitly state what is and is not allowed. I don't have a problem with whatever rules are put in place. If a person doesn't like the rules they don't have to enter. But if the rules don't explicitly discuss what editing is and is not allowed that's an issue.
Yes, I agree.
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It is not a question of dictating or not dictating rules...it's a question of being clear what the contest is about...is it a lab tech contest...or is it a photographer's contest.
Well, just so long as you're not being judgmental...
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How can you tell the difference? Camera settings can be adjusted to give many of the same effects as photo editing software, making for a 'straight from the camera' shot that is entirely unrealistic. All that can really be judged is the final product.

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I tend to agree with the original question and solution, however, the better one is at post processing the less likely you will notice the processing. So unless one can prove that a pic is straight from the camera then how can you separate processed from non processed images?
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I do club photography and you can do pretty much what you like as long as its your work. I dont have a problem with this, we have done this in the darkroom before digital came along.
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