Set Subjects 2024

This is a club competition (not star rated)
Every image entered is judged according to the subject and interpretation thereof.
Submit only 1 image each month for Set Subject of the topics below.

PLEASE NOTE: The judge may call for the original of a photo, if he/she is in doubt or origin.
(This happens mostly in Salons)

Good luck and happy capturing!!!

FEBRUARY 2024 | F5.6

Depth-of-field is simply the zone of sharp focus in a scene, and this can be controlled by the aperture settings. A larger number like from f8 to f22 means large depth-of-field (normally ideal for landscapes) like the first image below. A small number like f4 or f5.6 means small depth-of-field – great for uncluttered backgrounds like the second image below.

Depth-of-field is tricky to understand at first, so go out to practice it. It not only depends on the aperture settings, but also on the focal length of the lens, so a wide lens setting (like 17mm – 35mm) automatically has larger depth-of-field than a long lens (like 50mm – 200mm).

Winner of Set Subjet F 5.6   |   THOM LOUGHRAN   |   FERRARI


Food photography is an area of photography where food is photographed as the main subject for still images. A subset of commercial photography, the images are then used in product packaging, cookbooks, billboards, marketing materials, and more.



In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image, caused by circles of confusion. Bokeh has also been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause very different bokeh effects. Wikipedia

How to pronounce Bokeh, click on the link below


Sports photography is a type of photography that covers every sport and sporting event, capturing the action of a game and behind the scenes of the players. This type of photography helps to promote brands, the players, as well as the sport.


Doors and windows are of particular interest because they can reflect the architectural fashions of a past time, furnish an insight into the heritage of a region, provide a compositional framework for a better picture, or just produce a literal window into other people’s lives. 


Red, green and blue are the primary colours in photography and rest of the colours are obtained by changing the proportion of the these colours.


Glamour photography is, simply put, photography that highlights beauty, sexiness, allure, dazzle, fine lines and even romance. In other words, glamour photography emphasizes drama and all that jazz.

What is glamour vs boudoir photography?

Boudoir is often photographed in a simple organic fashion. On the other hand, glamour photography is a style of photography that aims to showcase the beauty, grace, and elegance of the subject. It often involves dramatic lighting, bold makeup, and high fashion to create a polished and glamorous image.


In effect, ‘monochromatic photography’ literally means photos that have only a single colour, with variations of that hue in different tints and shades.


Pet photography captures the pet’s personality, character, habits, and other memorable moments. The subject matter is plenty, and you can go for natural, candid shots or portraits.


Any picture that represents Benoni



This competition is held in December each year. The certificates are awarded at the February meeting of the following year. 

Each member MUST have submitted photos in every category specified below to be eligible for the Most Versatile Photographer of the Year award, (up to seven prints or digital (e) photographs (in the case of beginners, eight)). Each member MAY submit ONE image in any one category to be eligible for the Best Print/Digital photographer of each category.  No print or digital (e) photograph will be accepted if it has not been entered at the club for a normal monthly grading competition during that year- February to November. No new Print or Digital € photograph will be accepted for this competition and the monthly competition on the same evening. Prints or digital (e) photographs entered in the monthly competition in December will be eligible for the following year.

The categories are:

Wildlife and Nature (na)
This category covers wild animals, reptiles, birds, insects, marine life, plant life or any geological subject in its natural habitat. Domestic animals, cultivated plants, flower arrangements or still life and taxidermy models are ineligible. Entries that have been enhanced or manipulated in any way are ineligible. Human elements, if present, should be unobtrusive.

Landscapes (ls)
This category includes architecture and general pictorial scenes taken outdoors. The use of human elements is acceptable to give scale , add interest or tell a story. A landscape comprises the visible features of an area, including physical elements such as landforms, water, living elements of flora and fauna, abstract elements like lightning and weather conditions. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. A montage or bas-relief or digital manipulation is acceptable providing its presence enhances the picture and cannot easily be detected.

Portraiture and Figure studies (po)
These are photographs where a human or animal provides the major center of interest. They can include the whole or part of the body. Wild animals are only acceptable if photographed in an environment not of their own choosing, e.g. A zoo or aviary. A likeness, personality and mood of a living subject where that subject is dominant in the image. Portraiture is not restricted to head and shoulders and may include just a part of the face, a back view or even a full length study.

Floral and still life (sl)
These must be the author’s original work taken where the photographer has arranged the subjects in an artistic manner. In this category a bas-relief is acceptable if it does not materially modify the original concept of the picture.

Photojournalism and Sport (pj)
A photo journalistic photograph is one composed on a situation
which is newsworthy and tells a pictorial story without words, e.g. sports, men at work, the type of picture you would expect to find in a newspaper
or magazine, etc. Photo-travel tells a story about a place and its people or culture, and should uniquely identify the region or place.

Altered Reality (ar)
The photographs represent figments of the photographer’s imagination and need not necessarily have any photographic or camera manufactured image incorporated in them. Your aim is to present a surrealistic picture. Any process such as etch-bleach, bas-relief, solarisation, posterization, montage, multiple images or digital manipulation may be used. Generally all photographs using these techniques should be entered in this category, unless the level of their usage is so low as to make their presence undetectable. Pictures in which significant digital manipulation has been used must be entered in the section. All images that are used to create the altered images must be the authors own work.

Pictorial / Open (pi)
This category is included basically to enable the photographer to enter photographs that do not fall into any of the above categories, e.g. pattern pictures. Any photograph may be entered in this section e.g. a second wildlife or landscape or portrait, if those are your favorite subjects.
Beginner’s Open (bo)
This category is exclusively for beginners. It is an open category in which any subject is eligible. Should the beginner choose to enter the other sections he/she may do so, but more advanced workers may not enter this section. The person entering this section must be in beginner’s class up to the date of the competition.

Judging will be by a panel of three judges to salon standards.
They will use a scoring box at the December meeting and will score from 1 to 5 points per judge. No comments will be made about the prints or digital (e) photography except about the finalists, if the judges choose to do so.
Each category will be judged separately and the best in each category will be selected. One or two certificates of merit for the runners up can be awarded at the judge’s discretion. An award will be given to the winner in each category.

Most Versatile Photographer
The points awarded to each Print or Digital (e) photograph in each of the seven categories (eight in the case of beginners) will be totaled to arrive at “The Most Versatile Photographer” award. In the event of a tie, the panels of seven Prints or Digital (e) images will be determined on the authors’ past year performance score sheets to select the overall winner.



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