SET SUBJECTS 2019/2020
• Image submission day is always the Monday before the 3rd Wednesday of the month in question. i.e. the Monday before Judging night.
• Image dimensions are 1920 x 1080 pixels (the width must be either 1920 pixels or the height must be 1080 pixels or both), sRGB color-space and less than 2mb in file size.
Month: April Subject: Night Lights DCC/WCC Challenge
Genre: Night Lights
Any source of illumination at night. Night being after Sunset & before Sunrise between the blue hours of the two and not the Golden hours. Your light source can be anything from manmade such as light bulbs, candles, ﬁre and ﬁreworks, to starlight and moonlight. Get creative and push your limits.
Note: Images must have been taken after the 1st Nov 2018
NOTE: Colour ONLY. Manipulation is allowed
Month: May Subject: Macro
Genre: Macro/Close Up Photography
Macro /Close Up – Macro Photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, ordinary everyday objects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is life size or greater than life size. Close up photography is the act of photographing objects such as flowers or insects in close range so the subject you are photographing fills the frame. In other words, use the lens you have and get as close as possible, (your lens’s minimum focusing distance). This is achievable with any lens, even a 300mm telephoto lens. Make use of dedicated macro lenses or close up filters, the reverse lens technique or use extension tubes with a 50 mm lens.
NOTE: Images can be in colour or monochrome.
Month: June Subject: Triangles and/or Spirals
Genre: Architecture Photography
Triangles are effective tools for architecture and are used in the design of buildings and other structures as they provide strength and stability. Spirals are beautiful to look at and provide a structure that’s strong and stable, so it’s no surprise that they turn up so often in architecture, too. Spiralling forms offer uninterrupted panoramas on observation towers, remove the obstacles of walls and floors in a creative interior, and enable unusual stacked configurations of living spaces in skyscrapers.
NOTE: Manipulation is allowed. Black and White and colour images
Month: July Subject: A Single Tree
Genre: Landscape Photography
Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times isolating a single element in the vista before you. When looking at a landscape before you, look for the unusual and find a tree, be it small or large, standing amongst other trees, but still definable as single, or standing totally by itself in any terrain. Walk around it and find the best viewpoint to show off a special characteristic of the tree.
NOTE: Images can be in colour or monochrome. No manipulation besides the standard PSSA rules for Nature.
Month: August Subject: Documentary – Africa
Genre: Documentary Photography
Documentary means it occurs naturally. Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle significant and historical events. It is typically covered in professional photojournalism, or real-life reportage, but it may also be an amateur, artistic, or academic pursuit. The theme is Africa and the sky is the limit. Photograph anything occurring naturally be it human, animal or landscape, so long as the theme Africa is relevant in the image.
NOTE: No manipulation of the images is allowed.
Month: September Subject: Food
Genre: Food photography
Food photography is a still life specialisation of commercial photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of food for use in advertisements, packaging, menus or cookbooks. Some means of creating these images are use natural lighting as much as possible and be aware of shadows. Neutral backgrounds help and keep angles in mind when shooting. Give the subject some breathing space, take cognisance of colour and decorate your scene in harmony with your dish.
NOTE: Editing is allowed
Month: October Subject: Still Life
Genre: Still life photography
Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of an inanimate subject. This would typically be a small group of objects or common household items. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. Lighting is everything here, natural lighting being the best form. Use reflectors, mesh screens or flash. Composition and framing will make or break these images, remember sometimes less is more. Check out the masters for inspiration, Edward Weston, Hiro (photographer) and Paul Outerbridge to name a few.
NOTE: Editing is allowed
Month: November Subject: High Key
Genre: Black & White Photography
When you say high key, you are referring to scenes that possess a lot of white and light tones – a whole range of them. These images have very minimal mid-tones and blacks. If you use high key lighting in your photos, the mid-tones become white. The whites, meanwhile, become whiter. High key photography is not devoid of blacks, it just has very minimal amounts of black in the image. For example, if you’re shooting a portrait of a person, your subject’s eyes will still have black pupils (not white). You can create this effect in camera or in Photoshop.
NOTE: Monochrome only.
Month: January Subject: Boudoir Photography
Genre: Boudoir Photography
Boudoir photography is a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment, we are challenging you the photographer to re-create similar BUT consider that it’s for a public forum. Images must depict the genre of photography as elegantly, tastefully and classy as we all would feel comfortable to see.
NOTE: NO FULL / BLATANT NUDITY. Manipulation is allowed. The committee reserve the right to DQ images they deem inappropriate for the club
Month: February Subject: Power of Colour
Genre: Colour Photography
Colour in photography could definitely be seen as the most important factor. It can create mood, emotion, warmth, coldness and much more. Colour in an image can also be imperative to the narrative of the image. For example, if the image is of a warm beach then warm colours in the image can emphasise the narrative of this. Use colour in your image to create the narrative
NOTE: Basic editing allowed i.e. cloning, dodge & burn etc.