Well we are into our third month of the new season and we announced that we are changing our image size to meet the new local and national competition image sizing. The vast majority of images did not come in sized correctly and that means a lot of work for our volunteers re-sizing your images. Please carefully follow the instructions below. They may also be downloaded here.
File Format Image files must be in the jpg format, saved at the highest quality setting for jpg, i.e. at 100% quality (jpeg fine; least amount of compression).
We are now using the new image size of 1400 pixels wide x 1050 pixels high. In other words, the maximum width of any image is 1400 pixels and the maximum height is 1050 pixels, regardless of image orientation and aspect ratio.
The objective is to project the images as large as possible, given the limitations of the projector. Therefore, for optimal projection:
· A rectangular horizontal image (landscape) should be 1400 pixels wide, as long as its height is not more than 1050 pixels.
· A rectangular vertical image (portrait) should be 1050 pixels high.
· A square image should be 1050 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high.
How to resize an image using Photoshop:
1. Go to Image/Image Size.
2. Check the “Constrain Proportions” and “Resample” boxes.
3. For a rectangular horizontal image (landscape) – set Pixel Dimensions Width only, to 1400. The height will adjust automatically; make sure that it is not greater than 1050 pixels. If the height is greater than 1050 pixels then it is the limiting factor and you need to follow the instructions below under point #4.
4. For a rectangular vertical image (portrait) or square image – set Pixel Dimensions Height only, to 1050. The width will adjust automatically; make sure it is not greater than 1400 pixels.
5. Click OK. Do not be concerned about document size, resolution, or file size. Do not change the resolution once you have resized the image.
Image Naming To facilitate the creation of score sheets, please name your image file in the following strict format:
i.e. the level number you wish to enter (1, 2, 3 or 4)-image title-your name.
Valid Examples Are: 3-Owl Landing-Pamela Smith
4-three boats on a lake-John Henry
1-once in a while-Kwok Yu Ng
The hyphens are used to separate the level from the image title and the image title from your name in an automated process when setting up the score sheet. Please do not add extra spaces or symbols in the filename, other than the spaces needed to separate words in the title or in your name. Remove any numbers or letters related to the previous file name of your image. There should be nothing else in the title other than the format described above (level-title-name). Level Outlined below are the criteria for levels. Levels 1, 2, and 3 are the club’s competition levels. Level 4 is for feedback only.
1 – Novice
Judges will show leniency when scoring. Judging will include focus, exposure, basic composition (e.g. rule of thirds, diagonals etc.).
2 – Intermediate
Judges can expect a high standard of photography. There is little room for errors. In addition to the basics noted in level 1; this level will be judged on: depth of field, appropriate use of light, avoidance of unnecessary elements in an image.
3 – Advanced
The highest standards are applied. Images must be of exceptional quality: technical mastery of the medium; evidence of an understanding of the “wow” factor (e.g. use of colour, mastery of lighting, contrast, subject selection, superior composition, etc.).
4 – Critique
Images will not be scored. Judges may use any desired criteria for comments. Note that if there are many images in the competition categories, time may not permit these images to be viewed.