We now have 10 pairs of Challenger/Competitors. So the date is set. You can still submit more challenges or meet one as competitor and don't need to attend to challenge or compete.
There is one open challenge at the moment: Siblings
Here is how it works: I've made a photo album on the meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/Art-in-Photography/photos/3097342/
- Each member can upload photos and set up ONE challenge specifying a theme. Put the theme in the caption.
- Then someone else can enter a competing photo. With the same theme in the caption. The Captions must match to get the photos together.
- So each person can be in up to two challenges. Once as Challenger (setting the theme) and once as competitors trying to best the challenger.
- No Comments Please - This could bias someone before the meetup and vote.
- Don't get too specific or else no one will be able to join in.
- Don't just think subject but also process, or genre: Selective Color, narrow DOF, Bokeh, Street, portrait etc.
- Don't be unfair and set a theme like Paris when obviously not everyone has been to Paris.
- If you wanted to enter a challenge as competitor but someone beats you to it. You can create another challenge, call it say Portrait II, assuming you haven't already done so.
At the meetup we'll get together, vote and then explain our choices. With the photos already in a meetup photo album it will be easy to display on the projector. So let's get a move on.
Here is the background of the genesis for this meetup:
A while ago I discovered a fun group on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/challenge_you/ It's a simple concept: someone puts up a photo and sets a theme. Then someone else puts up a competing photo on the same theme. The community votes for which one is the best expression. It's fascinating to see how voting goes vs my preferences. It's a great way to get a take on a photo absent of any personal connection I may have. Many of us are not classically educated in art and so can't necessarily articulate why one photo works better than another, but side by side it's easy to say which works better (most of the time).
The only problem with the Challenge You Flickr group is you have no idea why someone voted the way they did. No way to know if you just did one thing differently, it would have won etc.
As to Themes, here is a sample list of themes from the Challenge you Flickr Group to give you some ideas - but think outside the box - it can be process rather than subject. Don't get too specific as someone has to match up.
Theme: Abandoned Building
Theme: Pink Flowers
Theme: Shining Clouds
Theme: Selective Color