"Competition between members is an important aspect of club life.  Never lose sight of the fact that its importance lies not in garnering awards, trophies and honors, but in the incentive it creates for doing better work".


TENNESSEE PSA CLUBS (Oak Ridge Camera Club)


 Three-Step Method for setting up every photograph you shoot:
Step 1.  Know your subject.
Step 2.  Focus attention on your subject.
Step 3.  Simplify
Photography and life are much the same -we have to learn where to place the shadows, so we can create something beautiful, out of the dark.




Harry Dunn posted this:
TIP: Thinking of buying a tripod? Then things to consider include: Height, w/o center extended (you don't want to be bending down), weight (adds up when walking), type of leg locks, how low will it go, how much load can it carry (vs what you intend to place on it), price, quality,  qty of leg sections (typ three), compatiable with detachable head, and how short it collapses.


If you have a piece of photography equipment, book, software etc. for this category, please email to have it added to this page.


An excellent page to read and study about sharpening your images - an important final step in digital photography


Flicker article for those who post photos. Good information.

Suggested Guidelines for Judging 2013-2014

Suggested Point System


Points 1-3:       Extremely flawed.  Rarely used.

Points 4-5:       Flawed. Image has one or more severe technical problems. (focus, exposure, bad color, etc.)

Point 6:            Adequate.  Image is technically good, but it is not particularly interesting. (uninteresting subject  matter, unattractive lighting, poor composition, etc.)


Point 7:            Good.  Image is technically good, and interesting.

Point 8:            Great.  Image is technically perfect and is visually exciting.  "It speaks to me." However, I have a  feeling I've seen it all before.


Point 9:            Best.  Image is the same as Point 8, but it is also original, fresh, creative.  It could be a new treatment for old subject matter, or it could be new subject matter.


Technical Considerations for Judging


1.         Emotional impact---important or interesting choice of subject matter

2.         Proper composition (placement of the subject in the frame, spatial balance, appropriate depth of field,  leading lines, perspective or camera angle, no unnecessary distractions or cluttering, horizontal horizons,  horizontal vs. vertical)

3.         Quality of light

4.         Proper exposure for the subject matter (neither overexposed with highlights blown nor underexposed  with poor detail in the shadows)

5.         No undesirable noise

6.         Sharp image (unless intentionally soft or out of focus)

7.         Properly belongs to the category under consideration (including assignment images)

8.         Good color rendition of the subject

9.         The image can create a mood or emotion for the viewer or tell a story.

10.       Wildlife images should have totally out of focus backgrounds when appropriate .

11.       Wildlife images with action may be stronger than static images, although the latter can be outstanding.


Judges are expected to assess an image on its own merits in an unbiased way.

These are guidelines suggested by the Guidelines Judging Committee. They are not hard and fast rules for guiding you in your judging.


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