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Newton Abbot Photographic Club was established over seventy years ago and currently has over 60 members from Newton Abbot and the surrounding area of South Devon.

We are keen to welcome new members, whether you are an experienced photographer or a complete beginner.

Join us for photography, fun, and fellowship, while we learn to make the best pictures we can. You are welcome to attend two meetings as a guest before deciding to join.

If you would like to know more about us please click on the Contact Us link on the web site menu.


WEEKLY MEETINGS ARE HELD ON TUESDAYS AT 7:30PM AT THE COURTENAY CENTRE, KINGSTEIGNTON ROAD, NEWTON ABBOT from early September through to the end of April.


 

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WHAT THE JUDGES ARE LOOKING FOR

Reproduced from the magazine

PROFESSIONAL IMAGE MAKER   June - July 2012

 

1. Impact 

4. Image or Print Presentation 

7. Colour Balance

2. Creativity & Style    

5. Centre of Interest

8. Technical excellence

3. Composition

6. Lighting

9. Photographic Technique

                                    10. Story Telling & Subject Matter

 

1. Impact- Is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion.

2. Creativity & Style- Creativity is defined as the external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought. Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

3. Composition- Is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

4. Image or Print Presentation- Affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

5. Centre of Interest- Is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centres of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific centre of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the centre of interest.

6. Lighting- The use and control of light refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

7. Colour Balance- Supplies harmony to an image. An image, in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Colour balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

8. Technical excellence- Is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting and correct colour all speak for the qualities of the physical print.

9. Photographic Technique- Is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, ‘digital negative’ exposure, film choice (If used), digital output to file, paper selection and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

10. Story Telling & Subject Matter- Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image. The subject matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.