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Kaitou Ace
09-09-2007, 02:36 PM
We're going to be holding weekly photo contests, every Sunday, with a prize of 4000 rupees to the winner, along with the satisfaction of knowing you took a good picture.

Rules are as follows:

We will announce each theme a week in advance, and you will have until Sunday midnight, to find/take the photo, and post it in the weekly contest thread. The mods will post a theme photo also, but we aren't eligible to win ^_^

On Monday, the contest thread will be closed, and we will post both a voting thread, and a thread for the next weeks contest. We will also set up a subforum for archiving the contests. The voting will run for a week, when the winner will be announced.

The rules are as follows:


Your submission must be:


Taken with a digital camera that records EXIF, and EXIF should be left in the submission
Attached to your post.
Taken and post-processed by you.
Created from a single capture, unless the contest specifies otherwiseYou may:


Use any feature of your camera, EXCEPT to combine multiple images into one
Crop, rotate, resize your entry
Use filters or stand alone utilities designed to preserve image integrity (Neat Image, Noise Ninja, Unsharp Mask, dust & scratch and color correction tools) These filters must be applied uniformly to the entire image. No effect filters may be used past Noise and Gaussian Blur.
Saturate / desaturate or change the colors of your entry, but only as applied to the whole image
Add a border to the outside edge of your image, if it's easily visible as such
Use RAW conversion software, so long as all changes are made globallyYou may NOT:


Spot edit the entry, except to remove sensor dust or hot pixels
Submit the same image in two consecutive contests
Submit any image that previously won or an image that was picked for voting less then 5 weeks ago
Submit more than one image per contest
Make any edits to a selection of the image
Add objects or features (such as text, lens flare, clip art, renders, parts from other photos) to the image
Remove objects or features other then sensor dust/hot pixels
Distort or stretch the image in any way
Submit a photo containing anything that goes against the general rules of the site (nudity, etc)

☆LadyKikyou☆
09-09-2007, 04:06 PM
okay..i have a question..im not all that familar with the photography lingo so to speak.. so what exactly do you mean by the EXIF??

Kaitou Ace
09-09-2007, 04:49 PM
Every digital camera saves the settings you used when you took a picture (even a cell phone) If you take a look at the camera files in windows xp, and right click, going to properties you'll be able to go to properties, and then advanced, to see something like the attachment

Capernicus
09-09-2007, 05:11 PM
Wait...so would something like this work then?

Kaitou Ace
09-09-2007, 05:15 PM
Yup, works perfectly. You used a Kodak Easyshare C643 Digital
Flash was on, 18mm (108mm equiv on a 35mm) and 1/125th of a second, at f 4.8 and ISO 140, and camera was in auto mode ^_^

Capernicus
09-09-2007, 05:20 PM
o____O;;; Dood...I don't speak camera.

I just won't adjust any of mah entries and that should be fine. Can't anyway....no photoshop. ;__; So, we telling time on Eastern Standard Time? >.>

Kaitou Ace
09-09-2007, 05:25 PM
Well your camera does ^_^

Buruku
09-09-2007, 05:32 PM
Yup, works perfectly. You used a Kodak Easyshare C643 Digital
Flash was on, 18mm (108mm equiv on a 35mm) and 1/125th of a second, at f 4.8 and ISO 140, and camera was in auto mode ^_^
O_O Did you figure that out by just looking at the picture??

This looks like fun! Though I wont be able to enter one by this friday, I still need my camer's usb cord. But I look forward to next weeks.

Fabala
09-09-2007, 11:46 PM
No, you can see all that information under the advanced properties for the picture. I've attached what I could see about Cap's picture. That's all Ace used ^_~ Seemed like magic to me at first too, lol.

Oh, and I love the idea of contests. I'll be sure to enter as soon as I get my replacement camera. It'll probably be a few weeks, having to be shipped from around the world and all ;p

Capernicus
09-10-2007, 02:41 AM
Will there be a feline themed contest soon? I'd really like to use a pic of that one. She was a stray cat that hung around outside my work for years, until 6 months ago. She was really friendly, as you can tell.

wizz-o-matic
09-10-2007, 04:32 AM
There may be a feline contest ^^;;

If you have any other suggestions for the contests just mention them ^^;

And I guess I should write a small tutorial of the so-called "camera talk"

niKopol
09-10-2007, 05:03 AM
I hope this will still be around in six months. Cause this a good idea. We get to be artistic with the camera. So is it art immitating life or life immitating art?

OminousCloud
09-10-2007, 06:53 AM
That kinda sucks that we can't utilise the weekend for the first contest, oh well.

Daenerys
09-10-2007, 11:19 AM
I have a question. Can we post a photo, that is ONE image, but split into three different sections?

☆LadyKikyou☆
09-10-2007, 11:22 AM
There may be a feline contest ^^;;

If you have any other suggestions for the contests just mention them ^^;

And I guess I should write a small tutorial of the so-called "camera talk"

oo please do!! that would help ppl like cap and i..i get lost in the vocabulary as well... its like speaking to me in germen. lol

Jagan Eye
09-10-2007, 04:06 PM
Mentioning: I think there should be a cake themed contest. xD

Kaitou Ace
09-10-2007, 04:33 PM
I have a question. Can we post a photo, that is ONE image, but split into three different sections?



Ah not sure about that O_o; it may be more editing than is allowed by the rules, but post the image, or PM it to me, and I'll say if it's within the rules or not ^_^;

Fabala
09-10-2007, 08:55 PM
Definitely a black and white contest. Only trouble is whether it would be open only to people who have camera that can take pictures in black and white, or whether Photoshopping a color photo would be allowed. Hmmm.

Mer. Camera cannot come fast enough!

niKopol
09-10-2007, 11:21 PM
Definitely a black and white contest. Only trouble is whether it would be open only to people who have camera that can take pictures in black and white, or whether Photoshopping a color photo would be allowed. Hmmm.

Mer. Camera cannot come fast enough!

I have photoshoped photos into B&W before and it still shows the camera info so that isn't a problem. So it should be fine as long as you make the whole picture B&W from what I read.

Kaitou Ace
09-11-2007, 12:30 AM
Yeah, the rules allow basic photoshop work including adjusting colors, curves, levels, all of it, but you have to apply the changes evenly to the entire image, and you can't add or remove elements.
So making the entire image black and white is perfectly allowed by the rules ^_^ and there is no reason not to submit black and white images to any of the contests, but we may indeed have a b&w only contest in the future.

Key
09-11-2007, 04:49 AM
About the rules, can I manipulate the photo? As in, using filter...erm, more like in deviantart...something like, a fantasy/photo-like feel...

wizz-o-matic
09-11-2007, 07:05 AM
About the rules, can I manipulate the photo? As in, using filter...erm, more like in deviantart...something like, a fantasy/photo-like feel...Well all depends on what filter ...
Lets say all filters in PS under "Filters" (except noise reduction, smart blur, unsharpen mask and smart sharp) are not allowed

Under "Image -> adjustment" the not allowed are "Replace Color", "Gradient Map", "Threshold", "Posterize", "Equalize"

Adding text is also not allowed, adding a border is allowed.

UrusaiSevera
09-11-2007, 09:55 AM
Ok so I tried to get the EFIX info you guys were talking about, but when I go to properties... it doesn't have an advanced option -_-"... perhaps it's just stupid IE...

But contest sounds great and the rules are clear to me!! Btw are we going to start this week ?? Or will the kick-off be the weekend after that ?

EDIT: nvm I just saw it xD

Key
09-11-2007, 08:48 PM
Well all depends on what filter ...
Lets say all filters in PS under "Filters" (except noise reduction, smart blur, unsharpen mask and smart sharp) are not allowed

Under "Image -> adjustment" the not allowed are "Replace Color", "Gradient Map", "Threshold", "Posterize", "Equalize"

Adding text is also not allowed, adding a border is allowed.
Sigh...looks harder than I thought. Cus usually I use noise and smart sharpen.
Gonna be a hard one to manipulate without those things...

Kaitou Ace
09-12-2007, 12:59 AM
You can do noise cleanup and sharpen filters, ones that impact the whole image. You just can't use filters that greatly alter the image, or ones that add or remove elements.

Alicaryn Silentread
09-12-2007, 01:03 PM
So basically the purpose of the contest is the creativity in which you took the picture, and not the editting itself? o_o;

Kaitou Ace
09-12-2007, 01:57 PM
Thats exactly it, yup. You can use photoshop to bring out the colors/clean up noise of the original image, or to make it black and white, but you shouldn't use it to re-arrange the composition, or make the shot more interesting by adding other things to it.

~RiOtFoRpHoEnIx~
09-12-2007, 04:49 PM
Okay I'm not sure whether my entry is within the rules due to the EXIF thing being mentioned. I'm a tad lost and don't know whether the photo I took is still within the rules. The attachment shown is the photo for the contest and can someone please tell me whether the EXIF information shows up and that everything is okay with it. Thanks in advance x ~*PhoenixChan*~ x

Edit: Thanks Wizzy, when explained and illustrated as you put it it made more sense and was easier to find. Sorry to be ditzy >.< I think the problem was that I missed that advanced button within the Properties window.
Thanks again for the help and I found it's okay now ... ^-^

wizz-o-matic
09-12-2007, 05:05 PM
I don't think it's that hard to understand o_o;;;;

How to get to it
http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/6845/untitled1ly8.th.jpg (http://img292.imageshack.us/my.php?image=untitled1ly8.jpg)

And what needs to be there (similar not equivalent ;) )
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/6884/untitled2lr5.th.jpg (http://img528.imageshack.us/my.php?image=untitled2lr5.jpg)

Edit: and yes, the EXIF data is good PhoenixChan

Myrra
09-12-2007, 07:52 PM
I've seen that you said B/W is allowed, but I have a partialness for sepia....perhaps cos I like the "aged" look. Would using sepia tones be allowed?

Kaitou Ace
09-12-2007, 08:49 PM
sure, it basically counts as adjusting colors on the whole image and as such is fine ^_^

Key
09-14-2007, 02:11 AM
Saturate / desaturate or change the colors of your entry, but only as applied to the whole image

Do you mean, I can't highlight somethings, even if the photo is grayscaled (desaturate)?

Example, there's a girl in a photo, sitting under a tree. Then flower petals all over the ground, and on her clothes. I'm desaturating the photo, then highlight the flower petals. Does this go against the rule?

Kaitou Ace
09-14-2007, 07:04 AM
Ah hai, that would probably go against the rules (for the contests anyway, I'd love to see the results in the forum however). If you can bring the petals out by adjusting curves or the histogram, without selecting them separately it's fine, but if not, it'd be more editing then the contests allow.

You may also get the desired highlight effect by applying a color filter to the photo prior to desaturating it, which could increase the amount of color in the petals, so when you desaturate the whole image, they still contain more of it.

☆LadyKikyou☆
09-15-2007, 02:04 AM
okay..well i think you messed up the dates Ace..because..isnt today the 14th? shouldnt the end date for the next contest be the 21st? ^.^

Capernicus
09-15-2007, 02:10 AM
lol When does the voting thread start anyway?

Kaitou Ace
09-15-2007, 02:26 AM
Hai, fixed O_o; and voting will start later today when I compile the top 5 images, and post a poll with them.

SerenityFaye
09-19-2007, 08:34 AM
I have a question. My camera has different modes, like Color Swap, Color Accent, Nighttime, Firework etc. I have a special relationship with my Color Accent feature, which does black and white and color at the same time, but it's mainly black and white with one color accented. so, would that be okay, or no?

mrak
11-15-2008, 06:54 PM
Hey, I was just wondering, how comes there is no contest? I'd love to be a part of one, so I wonder are there going to be any in the near future? I need encouragement to start working with photography and maybe even to use more Gimp.

Cherith
12-03-2008, 04:31 AM
I understand where to find the EXIF, but how do you submit it with the picture?

MuZ0NaZ
12-03-2008, 06:58 AM
Use tools that do not destroy camera's EXIF info
like irfanview, Photoshop's save-as feature (not save for the web)

OminousCloud
01-24-2009, 01:37 AM
Erm, not sure where else to ask this but here goes.

The apples theme was interesting but could we broaden it to Fruit for a round two, seeing as no one entered the first one?

Jazzamor
01-26-2009, 09:06 AM
am.. Why is no one posting any pictures og theimselves?
isn't this the point?:ninja:

OminousCloud
01-28-2009, 02:22 AM
am.. Why is no one posting any pictures og theimselves?
isn't this the point?:ninja:

No, the purpose of the Photography section is to post artistic photographs. If these photos happen to be of oneself then so be it, otherwise they are not allowed.

Inuyashalover23
06-26-2009, 09:05 AM
Ok why aren't there any new contests?The last one is from February or so..

Annie Hall
11-16-2010, 07:42 PM
These rules feel ridiculous to me, and defeats the purpose of photography in general. Photo editing is a photographer's friend, and to limit that is counter-productive. Furthermore, the rules in general are all too limiting. :/

Kaitou Ace
11-17-2010, 02:03 AM
The contests are about photography more than photoshop. While yes, photo editing is a useful part of any repertoire, the contests are photography directed, so the rules lean to that effect. They are actually very lenient as far as photo contest rules tend to go, and specific contests can be adjusted for more, or less editing.

Annie Hall
11-17-2010, 03:52 AM
Understandable, It just feels too constricted to me, but nevertheless, I can see your point.

Daenerys
11-25-2010, 01:59 PM
There can always be some contests were you're allowed to use photoshop more.

Coryst
06-07-2011, 11:16 AM
Thanks for the interesting information +1

Kanjoudakai_Ira
06-16-2011, 02:01 PM
Alright... why hasn't there been a pole made yet for the last contest? ;/ Not enough entries?

OminousCloud
06-16-2011, 11:17 PM
Alright... why hasn't there been a pole made yet for the last contest? ;/ Not enough entries?

Should have stalked my profile! I posted on my visitor's messages that I was busy with finals. Voting thread should be up soon though.

Kanjoudakai_Ira
06-17-2011, 09:40 AM
Should have stalked my profile! I posted on my visitor's messages that I was busy with finals. Voting thread should be up soon though.

Oh ;/ Didn't think of doing that since I don't usually stalk people's profiles >.>; But good luck with your finals! [I'm in the same situation ;/]

Dejiko
03-05-2012, 04:52 PM
Aaaw, I wish this was still going. I'd love to join some. D:

OminousCloud
03-07-2012, 01:40 AM
Aaaw, I wish this was still going. I'd love to join some. D:

They are still going, they're just not very weekly anymore.

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