One Hundred and Fifteen Steps to Excellence – Robert Harvey BA/ARPS/ EFIAP

Robert returned to the club, with a full set of images that had been accepted in various Salon’s around the country and internationally.

He explained the format of judging, emphasizing the importance of impact, the (usually) three judges have only a few seconds to view each image out of 1000’s of entries, so if you don’t have impact your image will be overlooked. Only 1 in 4 images will get accepted, and from that 5% will get an award. There are various categories within each Salon, Nature and Landscape being two that you are not allowed to edit, however, edit is a grey area in itself …. stitching multiple images is allowed, adding/cloning items into or out of an image is not.

It was clear from the 115 images that Robert showed on the night none were lacking impact, stunning light, location and technique was repeated within each. But as we suspected a little bit of luck is good, but planning is what brings it together. The time of year, checking tide times, watching the weather forecasts, understanding your camera, using filters and being proficient in ‘not’ editing all play a part in producing award winning images.

Rachel Cooper

I have been a club member for several years now and find I learn something whichever club event I attend. I enjoy the Studio Group evenings, but equally am happy photographing whatever the surroundings provide at home and out and about.

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