May 2022 Newsletter

May 25, 2022

MAY 2022

Chairman's Chat

Rules in photography,


Subject in the middle/thirds/centre of interest

  • Negative space
  • Leading lines
  • Wrong time of day / unnatural colours
  • Even/ uneven numbers
  • Can’t see the face / eyes / highlights
  • Cropping vs amputation
  • Borders – yes or no?
  • Distortion / Verticals not vertical
  • Mono must have from pure White to Black
  • Personal likes / dislikes

How often have these been brought up at judging…

On JAP we are told….

There are NOOOO rules in photography…only Guidelines..!!!

In good judging three attributes are taken into account:

  1. What the picture communicates – the message – 50-60%.
    It is not essential nor important for a judge to find out what the author was trying to com-municate. What matters is the feelings and thoughts it engenders in the viewer – the judge.
  2. The Content of the picture- the medium – 30-35%. What appears good to the eye does not necessarily make a good photograph.
  3. The Technical aspects of the picture – 10-15%.
    Good judging does require some flexibility in the weighting.

Good photography takes into account many things:

  • Lighting/ shadow
  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • Subject
  • Story
  • Colour
  • Contrasts
  • Sharpness
  • Depth of field

And more… Often intangible.



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