Ridgewood Camera Club

Digital Entry - Complete Instructions

 

The following is a guide for preparing images for RCC club competition. It addresses the steps needed to take the final processed image and make it ready for entry into competition through to entering images into the club competition program, Photo Contest Pro - PCP. If you have questions regarding any aspect of this process, be sure to ask - either your RCC Mentor, an EC member or anyone who regularly competes in the RCC Competitions

 

1) Which images to choose for competition?
2) Competition type - Pictorial, Nature, Assigned Subject, Print
3) What is Photo Contest Pro and How do I use it?
4) What are the rules for Competition?
5) Preparing Your Images for Competition using Photoshop

Once you have chosen your images and processed them for final presentation and before uploading to PCP you'll need to resize them and change the color space to SRGB so the projector displays the colors properly. You may also want to put a white border around the images to make them stand out against a black background.

The easiest way to resize the image in Photoshop is go to File > Automate > Fit Image and enter 768 in both height and width. OK.

 

 

To change the color space to sRGB : Select Edit > Convert to Profile. If it isn't already sRGB, choose it for the Destination Space > OK.

 

 

Open the image (that has already been resized and been assigned the sRBG color space) in PS/PSE either directly or through Lightroom.  From the Top Menu choose Select > All. The entire image will show as a selection.

 

 

Then select Edit > Strokeand choose 1 pixel, Color White; Location Inside (do not choose Outside)

 

 

Now you're done. You've resized the image, changed the color space and added a white border.  Now just save the new image for uploading to PCP for the Competition. File > Save As and choose Save As Type.jpg

 

6) Preparing Your Images for Competition using Lightroom

If you have Adobe Lightroom, the process of resizing and changing color space is much easier. You can resize, change color space and save as jpg all from the Lightroom Export screen. You can even create a preset so for future competitions it's just one click. Unfortunately, Lightroom doesn't have the ability to add a small white border.

Choose File>Export
Export Location: Desktop (or where ever you choose)
File Settings: Image Format JPEG; Color Space sRGB
Image Sizing: Resize to Fit Long Edge 768 pixels.
Then click Export. It will save the new image on your desktop (or where ever you have determined) ready to upload to PCP.

If you are a Lightroom user and want to add the white border in Photoshop, the suggested workflow would be:

Now you're done. you've resized the image, changed the color space and saved the image. It's now ready for uploading to PCP for the Competition.

 

7) Uploading your Images into Photo Contest Pro

 

Select the Contest and Class for the competition you want to enter.

8) Submission Deadline

All files for all competitions must be received by the Sunday prior to the competition.  Please adhere to the schedule and give yourself enough time to get your images in by the deadline. Circumstances outside of our control can cause you problems if you wait until the deadline is close.

 

9) Monitor Calibration

If you are not using a color and luminance calibrated monitor to preview your image there is a possibility that the projected color and brightness of your images in competition may not be to your expectation. (The lawyers made me write this.)

 

10) RCC Nature Competition Rules

Below are the explicit rules from the RCC website related to Nature competitions. If you are unsure about an image - whether is qualifies as Nature or which Division to submit it in - you should ask the Nature Competition chair or an EC Member.

"Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible. Any adjustments shall appear natural. Scenics, zoo shots and game farm shots are acceptable. Color images may be converted to grayscale monotone. Infrared images are not allowed".

Since this category may have some ambiguous interpretations, we've given a simplified bullet point guideline below it.

NATURE COMPETITIONS  - Nature images are judged in four divisions; General, Botanical, Ornithological or Zoological. An image that is entered in the wrong division will be disqualified. Definitions of divisions are as follows:
(a) ZOOLOGICAL: Images of animals, insects, spiders, fish, reptiles, amphibians, eggs, etc. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, sheep, cows etc. are specifically excluded.
(b) ORNITHOLOGICAL: Images of birds.
(c) BOTANICAL: Images of plant life - wildflowers, ferns, mushrooms, lichen,
seed pods, tree buds, leaves, etc. Cultivated plants and flowers are specifically excluded.
(d) GENERAL: Images of landscapes, seascapes, rock formations, tide pools (for RCC members in B Class, all Nature images will be entered in this Class (new for 2014/2015).

 

Since entries in RCC Nature competitions are often also entered in competitions sponsored by the New Jersey Federation of Camera clubs, the competitor should be acquainted with the Federation’s Nature rules, which
differ from RCC's. For the Federation’s rules, see NJFCC Website PSA nature rules are also different. For the PSA rules, see the PSA Website

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