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2020 (whole year)  - Image Competition 80+ Score Images

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  • 17 Nov 2019 12:18 PM | Theresa Campbell, CPP

    Back in the 80’s when I started entering prints, we were required to enter 16x20 prints. Sometimes, these could become very expensive especially if you needed retouching done. Today, it is a lot cheaper because all you need to do is enter a digital file, therefore making it more affordable

    My first entry was as an Aspiring PPGH member. Once I saw the entries that I was competing against, I felt like asking for my print back. I received a 73 and that was second place. Frank Chrichio was judging that evening and said the subject is too static. His feedback was: "What’s with the hat? Why is she holding her toes?" It was a picture of my youngest daughter sitting on top of a card table in my living room. I felt bad, but that was my daughter he was talking about. I listened and worked on correcting my mistakes. My scores slowly improved, but plenty of 78’s.

    I started doing my own color printing at HCC, and my black and white at home. I tried to be more creative by mounting prints on paper, then trimming the paper close to the image to achieve a key line, etc. My print scores were higher and merits started to come in. I strongly felt if photography was going to be my career, then I needed to do it right. I went for my CPP first, then my Craftsman degree, then finally my Masters.

    In 2019, PPGH was offering a Judging Scholarship so I decided to apply and was awarded the scholarship. I wanted to go to judging school to experience more of what goes on behind the scenes. With all the new technology in the digital era, we were able to see the setup of the actual IPC judging panel in Atlanta, which was quite exciting.

    We were referred to as Jurors in Training “JIT." If you want to become an IPC approved Juror, you have to follow a set of requirements. Carl, our instructor, went over the instructions for the panel and explained some of the commonly used technical terms. We then sat on mock judging panels. As the prints went by, scores were given. We experienced some challenges (when one or more judges requests a review of the scores), as well as automatic challenges (when one score affects the image's ability to achieve the next highest category). An important takeaway was that it all depends on the make up of the panel. It’s all subjective, as everybody has a difference of opinion. Some judges see faults in the images, but sometimes they can be overlooked.

    Following the 12 elements of print competition is very important. Do not give the judges a reason to give you a lower score because you overlooked something, because you were in a hurry, or because you waited until the last minute to enter your prints. Pay attention to the details and don’t rush it! 

    There are 2 ways of looking at the 12 Elements of print competition. Either in the list form (Chart 1 below), or by groupings (Chart 2 below). Either is fine; just pay attention to each item individually.

    CHART 1

     CHART 2

    Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to enter print competition. Remember, it’s your image and you love it! What they see in front of them takes only a few seconds to score, so unless the print is challenged and talked about you will not know why it received a 79. The judges can change their minds, scores go up or down, and you always hope that the score goes higher, sometimes it works against you and scores are lowered. However, it’s all a learning experience… there is no magic formula.

    Here are the 12 Elements again:

    • Does it have Impact? Wow the judges!
    • Are there any Technical details that the judges might object to? Is it Creative enough or just a plain image?
    • Is the Style new or is it the same thing they see every day? Be unique!
    • Is the subject in the right place; does the Composition follow established rules?
    • Did you work on the Presentation, the key line, the matting; does it help or hinder your image? Is the Color harmony there? Does it help the image or not?
    • Center of interest… can you focus your eyes on it, or is it hard to find?
    • Lighting is the lighting pattern there? Is the image flat? Did you use separation lights? Indoors or out the same rules apply. In studio you set the lights, outdoors the lighting is already set. Be sure to use it to your advantage.
    • Subject matter: what are you trying to convey? Much depends on what type of subject you are using.
    • Technique: Did you over do it? Are there any signs of what you did left on the image?
    • Storytelling: It is very important to bring the judges in with a good title.

    If you study Chart 2, and look at the 12 elements in the groups shown, it makes it easier for you to understand. *You only have to remember 5 groups which encompass all 12 elements.

    I have sat in many judging rooms throughout the years, and I especially like it when you get to hear judge’s comments. I have judged many times before locally, at State Convention, and numerous times in Mexico, especially when I was the guest speaker.

    What was reiterated to me is that there is no magic formula to print competition. There are still rules that you need to follow to improve your chances at receiving a merit. Remember, judging still is very subjective. Print competition is like playing a game; you just have to learn how to play it. Green merits $$ are the ones that are most important. Enter prints, get recognized, and create images that define who you are. Always follow your dreams and good luck!

    Thank you PPGH for this exciting opportunity.

    By Armando, Chacón, Master Craftsman Photographer, PPA and PPGH Life Member, PPGH Past President 1998

  • 02 Nov 2019 9:30 AM | Theresa Campbell, CPP

    It’s almost a wrap for the year. We are hosting one last workshop by Teri Whittaker, who will be presenting Fine Art Flowers on November 14. We have Jennifer McGraw doing an evening only senior’s program on November 19. Then, on December 8 we will have our Holiday Gala and Awards program.

    One last thing please submit your fellowship points by midnight November 25. You can find the fellowship submission form on the website. After login, go to the Membership Only tab, pull down to the Fellowship Information section, then download the Fellowship Submission Form. Also, in the Membership Only tab, you can apply for one of our scholarships to be used at an upcoming training of your choice, by filling out the PPGH Scholarship Application. Scholarship winners will be announced at the Holiday Gala and Awards program.

    Duane Blocker, President PPGH

  • 30 Oct 2019 9:30 AM | Kevin Falcon, Cr.Photog., CPP (Administrator)

    We are fortunate to have a guild that appreciates continuing education for our members.  The guild usually awards at least two or three $500 scholarships, and one $750 scholarship for the Judges workshop.

    For a $500 scholarship, if you:

    1.       Have been a Professional Active Member for two (2) years,
    2.       Have not received a scholarship from PPGH in the previous three (3) years,
    3.       Have paid your current dues for the year of scholarship application,

    …..then you need to go online and complete a scholarship form.

    For the $750 Judges Workshop scholarship, if you:

    1.       Have been a Professional Active Member for three (3) years OR are a Lifetime Member,
    2.       Hold a PPA Degree or Certification (priority is given to Master Degree applications)
    3.       Have not received a scholarship from PPGH in the previous three (3) years,
    4.       Have paid your current dues for the year of scholarship application (not applicable to Lifetime Members),
    5.       Must be willing to be frequently available to judge PPGH image competition for 3 years
    …..then you need to go online and complete a Judge’s Workshop scholarship form.

    You will need to login to the website.  Go to the Members Only section.  (Hover over the three lines at the end of the Menu line and you will see the Members Only section.  Scroll down to the Scholarship area and submit the required information. Here is a direct link that will prompt you to login. Scholarship Information.

    If you are selected to receive a scholarship, the following reimbursement information will be helpful to you:

    1.       The scholarship is good for one year after the date it is awarded.
    2.       The scholarship may be used for a maximum of one educational event.
    3.       The scholarship has no cash value (it may not be redeemed for cash).
    4.       The scholarship may NOT be used for online education.
    5.       The scholarship recipient must have paid their current dues for the year of reimbursement (not applicable to Lifetime members).
    6.       The scholarship recipient must pay up front for the educational event.  Reimbursement to the scholarship recipient will occur only after the recipient has attended the educational event and reported back to the guild about their experience (either by Viewfinder article or by sharing in person at a monthly guild meeting), AND submitted their receipts for reimbursement to the Scholarship Chairman.

    The deadline for scholarship submission is 11:58 pm, on November 25, 2019.

  • 28 Oct 2019 7:19 PM | Theresa Campbell, CPP

    Sherry & Teri created a very thorough presentation on posing which began with an explanation of how to do a facial analysis to determine the best ways to pose people.  We paired up and analyzed each other’s faces.  Then we each presented to the class how we would photograph this particular person and why.  This information increases our ability to photograph people at the correct angles that will flatter their facial features.

    Then they shared some important do and don’ts for eyes, nose and hands.  The next step was a demonstration of the basic standing and sitting poses of both men and women.   Attendees again paired up to practice and critique each other in both man & woman poses.  Sherry & Teri checked the different groups to ensure posing was being accurately modeled.  When the basic poses were performed correctly the group moved on to more advanced poses modeled by Sherry & Teri.

    The last segment of this class was posing groups, starting with two people and building up to large groups. It was reinforced that we must pay close attention to height, physical ability to bend or kneel, hands, feet, position on chairs etc to place people to their best advantage in the group photo.

    Practicing posing yourself, will help you be prepared to demonstrate posing to your clients to ensure they look great.  You will become more confident posing others, resulting in relaxed and natural looking subjects looking their best in the images you capture.

    Kathy Kinser, CPP
    PPGH Workshop Coordinator

    Hey, do you want to get more involved with PPGH?
    Join a committee like Kathy did and provide workshop reports!

  • 25 Oct 2019 1:30 PM | Duane Blocker, CPP (Administrator)


    For a full breakdown of Fellowship Points, be sure to read the document on the PPGH website under Members Only > Fellowship Information. Here's a link.

    Hopefully, you have been documenting your Fellowship points throughout the year, but if life has gotten in the way, here are a few tips to help you compile your points.

    Want to know how many meetings and workshops you attended for the year? Login to the PPGH then click on My Event Registrations. You will discover a nice, neat list of everything you attended. How easy is that!

  • 17 Oct 2019 9:30 AM | Kevin Falcon, Cr.Photog., CPP (Administrator)

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    OCTOBER 2019

  • 19 Sep 2019 9:30 AM | Kevin Falcon, Cr.Photog., CPP (Administrator)

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    SEPTEMBER 2019

  • 19 Sep 2019 9:30 AM | Kevin Falcon, Cr.Photog., CPP (Administrator)

    5 Reasons To Get Involved — Volunteering In The Guild

    As a member of the guild, you may have thought about how you can maximize your investment of joining the guild. Another way many people describe this thought is “What’s In It For Me.” In this post I want to present  five simple reasons why getting involved by volunteering time on a committee is a great way to increase the benefits from your membership investment.

    I want to present  five simple reasons why getting involved by volunteering time on a committee is a great way to increase the benefits from your membership investment.

    Socialize ✹ Working as a member on a committee is a great way to meet other members. Spending time with other members while performing committee work allows more time to get to know the guild members . Many friendships and working relationships are formed by members during committee work. And you can’t have enough friends, right?

    Skill Development ✹ By volunteering, you have an opportunity to get exposure to other techniques and skills. In committee work, we sometime are challenged with tasks that we have never done. Working with other members, we are able to learn new skills which can possibly be implemented in your own business. A new skill is a great to add to your tool kit.

    Get connected ✹ Working with different members allows you the chance to network with the members. The connections can sometimes be a great help when you need an extra photographer for your team sports shoot. The guild is here to help members achieve a higher level of excellence in all aspects of the photographic industry. By your involvement, you are helping others to raise the bar in our industry.

    Build The Community ✹ We, the members, are the guild. And there is always something to be done. Schedule a meeting, organize speakers, and registering new members are just some of the tasks the guild does in an effort to maintain and grow the guild. Helping build and maintain this organization is the responsibility of each of us. If everyone does their share, the work of building our guild is strengthened by our members.

    Earn Recognition ✹ To reward your effort for volunteering your time and talents with the guild, you can earn Fellowship points. As an active member, volunteering on committees, participating in the image competition, and presenting an educational offering are but a few ways that members can earn Fellowship points which can lead to an Associate Fellowship and Full Fellowship degrees.

    So there you have it. Five easy ways that you can help make a difference in the guild prosperity and gain a return on your membership investment. Some other benefits of volunteering on committees are: it is a great opportunity to learn how the guild works; allows other members to get to know you; and if desired, it is an entryway to serving at a higher capacity in the guild such as a committee chairperson or board member. If you want to get more involved, please contact a committee member, committee chair, or a board member. We can always use a person’s time and talent to further the guild’s goals. And an extra pair of hands is always appreciated!

    Kevin Falcon
    PPGH Chairman of the Board

  • 17 Sep 2019 9:30 AM | Kevin Falcon, Cr.Photog., CPP (Administrator)

    Hey did you know we have a fellowship program?

    Click here to learn more about our Fellowship program.

    Learn about how you can be recognized for helping serve your guild!

    Our annual call for Fellowship points submission is coming up.

  • 22 Aug 2019 9:30 AM | Kevin Falcon, Cr.Photog., CPP (Administrator)

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    AUGUST 2019

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