Improve Your Photographic Skills

 

Two of the best ways to improve your photographic skills are to participate in our Critique Program on the 2nd Monday of each month and to enter our S4C monthly Competitions.

Photochromers is part of the Southern California Council of Camera Club (S4C) which is affiliated with the Photographic Society of America (PSA).  S4C is comprised of 14 photographic camera clubs in Southern California.

The purpose of the S4C Council is to promote the photographic arts and education by holding monthly competitions open to members of S4C member clubs.  You may enter free in the Individual or Interclub Competition with your current Photochromers membership.

Interclub Competition is for Color Images only, but you can enter individually in the other categories: Color, Monochrome, Creative, Nature, Travel, or Photojournalism. Travel, Nature, and Photojournalism are reality-based, and cloning or removing objects (except dust spots) is not allowed.  You may crop, burn, dodge, and tweak with Photoshop filters. And add 3rd-party software like Nik or Topaz, but it must look realistic.  Color, Monochrome and, of course, Creative are open to the full use of your digital dark room skills.

Alice Way is Chair for the Photochromers’ Interclub Competition, and she can help you if you wish to enter this coming year.  You can reach her at pcinterclub@gmail.com.  She is the only one who can upload your Interclub color images on the website portal, and she is now accepting club member entries for the coming year’s competition.  However, you can enter the individual categories on your own.

Please keep track of the images you send Alice, as they cannot be entered in the Individual Competition during the same year.  However, if your images do not receive an Award or Honorable Mention in Interclub Competition, you can reenter them in your Individual Competition in the same year.

 

Directions for Sending Your Images for Submission to Interclub Competition

First, if you have had winning (Award or HM) images in S4C’s last competition year, and are not planning to use them this year within a different Individual competition section, please consider submitting them for Photochromers Interclub Competition. 

The size of the images will need to be changed to no wider than 1400 pixels Horizontal AND no taller than 1280 pixels Vertical. The title for each of them must be exactly the same as the honored image, to ensure that the image will follow the S4C rule that the title of an image may not change over time.

Second, if you have images that you feel are really good, and that you are not submitting for S4C Individual competitions this year, consider these for Photochromers Interclub.

Remember that Interclub is solely a COLOR contest.

Process to Submit Images to Photochromers’ S4C Interclub Competitions

1. Resize the image to no more than 1400px Horizontal AND 1280px Vertical

2. Create an email:

    TO:   PCInterclub@gmail.com

    SUBJ: Images for S4C Interclub Competition

3. Within the email, define the titles of the images as they are attached (left to right, left being the first or 1).

         1 (or First)    Title 1

         2 (or Second)  Title 2

         3 (or Third)    Time 3

            ….etc.

Or, simply name the image file as the title.jpg

(Remember, if an image has won an Award or HM, the title cannot be changed for subsequent entries, whatever category, Refer to the S4C definitions for rules for Title Creation).

4. Attach the images and SEND.

The email will establish permission to use the images for Photochromers’ S4C Interclub competitions.

 

For more information, go to www.s4c-photo.org and find “Enter Competition,” then “Entry” for more information.

 

Competition Dates 2018-2019

Close Date               Judging Date             Judging Location

Oct 6.                         Oct 13.                         Remote

Nov 3.                        Nov 10.                        Univ of Redlands

Dec 8.                         Dec 15.                        Remote

Jan 5.                          Jan 12.                         Remote

Feb 2.                         Feb 9.                           Remote

Mar 2.                        Mar 9.                          Remote

Apr 6.                        Apr 13.                         Univ of Redlands