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Virtual Photo Challenge: Post-Processing Art

At our pub night in October, we had a pretty enthusiastic discussion about creating a virtual challenge focused on processed photos... and all the possibilities.

The idea is to create artistic images from your own photos.

This challenge is intended to learn and practice using a variety of processes to create interesting images with the pictures we take -- and inform and inspire each other. It's a great opportunity to try out some things you've never tried before with encouragement from others in the group.

For this challenge, the following applications, or combination, can be used to alter your photos:

1) in-camera settings

2) smart phone & tablet (eg, iPad) apps

3) computer applications (from free to professional)

For this challenge ALL photos you choose to alter must be taken in your camera between the date you sign up and December 8th... AND all post-processing work must be performed by December 8th. No archived images are allowed.

You can post up to 25 of your best processed images to the Designated Album for this challenge. 

NOTE: if you want to show the before and after images, then make sure you upload them as a pair and post links to each other in comments. Only the processed image counts as one of the 25 allowed (the original doesn't count). Thanks.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Photos for this challenge must be taken in your camera between the date you sign up and December 8, 2013, and all post processing on your photos must be done before December 8th. No archived images are allowed.

No more than 25 images per member are to be posted to the album for this challenge.

Members are encouraged to discuss their original photos and camera settings, and the chosen post-processing application and key settings, in the Caption for the image posted.

As well, all members are encouraged to discuss and help each other with post-processing questions, ideas and explanations of applications and settings, using comments on this event and on individual photos.

Use of all of your cameras are welcome, such as SLR, phone, toy, and point & shoots.

PLEASE NOTE: Any photos posted to the Album for this challenge that do not adhere to the instructions will be moved to the Monthly album without notice.

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REMEMBER: we will NOT meet in person because this is a VIRTUAL challenge. There will be no judging and no prizes. If you sign up for the challenge, you are making a personal agreement with yourself to take photos and then post your best photos as laid out in the instructions.

Enjoy!!!!

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  • Wendy

    Just checked out Blurb, looks great, will have to go over the web site in more detail on the Canadian site. Thanks for the hint. I also write and this website is exactly what I've been searching for lately.

    December 10, 2013

    • Russ K.

      So - changing the paper quality, or the book binding will change everything. We dealt with this issue by creating a book dummy with test images and colour bars, printing it with exactly the paper and binding we were planning to use for the real book, and directly calibrating our systems to that actual result. So - when you look at our book on a calibrated monitor, it looks very pale - but it prints perfectly. :-)

      1 · December 10, 2013

    • Russ K.

      Oh, yeah - Blurb's colour stability is good, but not perfect. If you order multiple books separated by a few weeks, books made on different days will be slightly different - hard to see on a onesies basis, but if you put them side-by-side you can definitely see it.

      December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very divers, good information and so many things to learn from other people experience.

    December 10, 2013

  • Wendy

    Appreciate your comment below, Melody. Occasionally, I'll take a photograph now knowing what I was taking wasn't that interesting. Yet when I download it to my computer, I may crop it and then realize part of the photo is interesting in some way.
    Also, during the time of entering challenges, simply by viewing others photographs and reading comments, I've learned so much.
    The calibre of the photographs is so high, I keep thinking there should be a way of producing a small book of some of the best with credits to the photographers & our group.
    Does anyone else agree with this idea?

    December 9, 2013

    • Gerry B.

      Sorry, the previous address may not get you there: this one should, http://blur.by/1bT3IU...­

      December 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      love Blurb, just received latest book today mater of fact!

      December 9, 2013

  • Pat T.

    If anyone is interested in trying out the new SnapArt 4, they have a free trial, and this new version also works stand-alone, you don't need Photoshop or Lightroom! http://www.alienskin.com/snapart

    December 9, 2013

  • David B.

    This was great fun. Nice to have a challenge to focus on! And lots of interesting results.

    December 9, 2013

  • Patricia C.

    Loved the opportunity to explore the 'processing art' component...it was a fun exercise!

    December 9, 2013

  • Melody L.

    It amazes me how the members "see" their photos. I sometimes take a photo knowing that it isn't what I want and that I'm actually seeing something else. From experience I have learned to take that picture and not say to myself that it won't turn out well. It's just another click and you have it or you can walk away and never know that you might have a hidden gem. It's fun then to try and achieve what I saw in my mind's eye. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but when it does its just a great feeling. My purpose in taking photos is firstly to please myself. When I share something with this group and it is well received--well that is icing on the cake.
    So everyone keep on taking those photos and keep on learning and most of all keep on sharing.

    December 9, 2013

  • Paul D.

    It produced lots of very nice images. With people getting more of themselves into the work

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • Mohammad Z.

    Hello All

    December 8, 2013

  • Thelma G.

    Look forward to participating!

    December 8, 2013

  • Len W.

    After seeing all the great photos and the creative minds at work in this gallery, I'm going to have get myself some photo processing software.

    December 7, 2013

  • Gordon C.

    This will be fun - count me in!

    December 5, 2013

  • Trish

    Tripped over this collection (which I learned about when browsing Russ and Wendy Kwan's student photo gallery last week) and can't resist sharing because I love this collection by Deb Reny so much: http://debreny.zenfolio.com/p591269089/h2c87e5a6#h2c87e5a6

    1 · November 29, 2013

    • Russ K.

      :-) Deb Reny is a star. We always look forward to seeing what she does next. So you all know, each of her composites take some months to complete - the work requires a level of skill and precision not easy to attain - and it shows.

      November 29, 2013

    • Russ K.

      PS. Have a look at the work of Maggie Taylor - we just bought a couple of her books (autographed!) from Verve in Santa Fe. Maggie is the wife of Jerry Uelsmann (look him up, too). Maggie works in colour digital, and Jerry works in analog black and white.

      November 29, 2013

  • Patricia C.

    Just wondering if members could share what applications, especially the free ones, that they use. I'm new to this kind of photography 'art' and could use some suggestions!

    November 27, 2013

  • Russ K.

    Wendy and I were in the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe today, mostly to see the Lee Friedlander exhibition, and discovered the whole second floor given over to a private exhibition of Ansel Adams' prints. I have to say some of the prints aren't all that great, and some of the pictures aren't, either. But - I was struck by the four examples of "Moonrise, Hernandez" - printed in 1941, 1943, 1964 and 1980. The negative was made in 1941, and the 1941 print was pretty faithful to the negative. We've also seen the negative, which is at the University of Arizona at Tucson's Center for Creative Photography. Personally, of the four prints, I like the 1943 version the best. IMO, it strikes the best balance between exposition and discovery.

    1 · November 9, 2013

    • Russ K.

      The later prints are much more contrasty, and arguably more dramatic, with a much darker sky and more prominent cemetery crosses. The 1943 print understates some of the important details, leaving the discovery up to the viewer, instead of beating us over the head with them. My point is: post-process can go on for (in this case) 4 decades. Not all of the post-process pushing is necessarily good. Interestingly, collectors of fine photography tend to place much higher valuations on prints that were made closer to the time of the negative - but it also appears a little time is needed to get to a great print. I'll also point out for the record that the "Moonrise" negative is a thin, hard-to-print artifact, and is a testament to Adam's skill that such good prints can be made at all.

      1 · November 9, 2013

  • David B.

    You might find this famous YouTube video about Adobe Photoshop interesting. It has been watched close to 10 million times. I don't know if it is an example that anyone here aspires to!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bVAl73JvLM

    November 2, 2013

  • Diane G.

    I will be away for a week - but if I can, then I will certainly add some upon my return - thank you

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Candy

    Wish I could join you guys! Don't know how to do it yet!

    October 21, 2013

    • Trish

      Hi Candy, I hope by being signed up here, you will learn some things you want to know :)

      October 21, 2013

    • Candy

      I sure hope so, thanks Trish! Can't wait to see those creative & artistic pics! :-)

      October 21, 2013

  • kelly

    Trish.. This will pretty much be all new to me.....I have fumble fingers when it comes to doing anything with a smart phone....however I see that many of the apps for smart phones are available for tablets....can I try doing this from my ipad?

    October 20, 2013

    • Trish

      :)

      October 21, 2013

    • Candy

      Thanks so much Kelly for the suggestion! I'll go to the app store to check it out!

      October 21, 2013

  • Werner M.

    Question: Do submitted pics have to be "art" - or is realism OK too? - i.e. a "rescued" pic, a so-so shot transformed into a winner. (Ansel Adams' Moonrise in Hdz New Mexico comes to mind - he nearly tossed the neg, but then decided to give it a go in his darkroom - or so I've read - resulting in one of his most famous pix ever. In 2006 a print sold for 600k.)

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Trish

      Hi Werner. Yes! Realism is perfectly OK. :)

      October 21, 2013

  • Paul D.

    And maybe have a combined before and after in the post?

    October 21, 2013

    • Trish

      OK, if you want. But not multiples of each photo or else it gets to be too much. One result and one original (original can be a before/after pic if you want). OK?

      October 21, 2013

  • Lucho B.

    Hi Trish, any kind of post is ok?

    October 21, 2013

    • Trish

      Hi Lucho! Yes, anything goes, as long as pics are taken and processed between the date you sign up and Dec. 8. :)

      1 · October 21, 2013

  • Paul D.

    I think Werner is right.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Melody L.

    I can hardly wait to see what people post!

    October 21, 2013

  • Rob

    Snapseed....it's NIK's free app!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea!

    1 · October 20, 2013

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