Our only print competition of the season was judged by Jim LaSala. Jim pointed out some considerations unique to prints, for example the size of the print and the color of the mat. He wanted the images to tell a story in addition to following the basic rules of composition. For B&W, he looked for
Jennifer Khordi, a previous competition judge, conducted a sunset workshop at Liberty State Park for RPS members. The focus was on the Empty Sky Memorial and the Manhattan skyline. Jennifer insisted on tripods, manual mode and the use of the LCD screen to compose pictures, not a viewfinder. She provided guidance on settings to best
Richard Lewis was our guest speaker on Photographing the New Jersey Pinelands. After covering the what and where of the Pine Barrens, Richard presented a series of beautiful photographs, creatively arranged in order of time of day. He emphasized that composition is different when the subject is a flat landscape, wider than it is tall.
Our second open digital competition of the season was judged by Steven Yahr. Steven said if you want to succeed in a competition you need to think like a judge. He provided twelve elements that judges look for (in order of priority): Impact, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting, Style, Presentation, Center of Interest, Subject Matter,