What is a clinic?
The clinics the Saskatoon Camera Club hold (six times a year) give the members a chance to select a couple slides/prints to be evaluated by a panel of three judges, rated, and given constructive comments. That is why the word “clinic” is used. The clinic provides a forum to have work evaluated and have constructive comments made.
Who are the judges?
Two club members and one external photographer.
Why select topics?
You need a common topic to aim at. So topics are selected to give you a goal to achieve in your photograph. Of the 6 clinics each year two major themes are there – General and Nature.
Timeline of Clinics
– Entries are submitted on the dates designated in the Club Calendar.
A closed judging session takes place following this
– Judging is done by two
club members and a professional.
– Results and constructive commentary are given by the professional judge on
the first Tuesday of the next month.
Image submissions can be entered in each of the 3 categories.
Images depict the subject matter in a realistic, objective manner as seen by the photographer. Images have little post- production other than some cropping, straightening and colour (contrast and saturation) work done to improve the photographic presentation of the subject. Long exposure and minimal (realistic) HDR techniques are accepted in this category. Heavily manipulated images must be entered in the ‘Altered Reality’ category. Think “digital correction” for this category.
Black and White / Monochrome
Images depict the subject matter in a realistic, objective manner as seen by the photographer. By removing the range of colour, an image is left with basic lines, textures and forms. Find a subject that has any or all of these elements as well as good contrast and you will have a great black and white image. For this category, any monochrome image is acceptable – black and white, sepia, blue tone etc. Long exposure techniques are also accepted in this category. Heavily manipulated images must be entered in the ‘Altered Reality’ category.
Manipulate your own photographs to create surreal, abstract, impressionistic, or unrealistic images. Experiment with either in-camera or post processing software using special effects, montages, collages, composites, heavy HDR, or any other technique. There is no limit to what you can do! Be creative, but at the same time try to make your image look less like it might belong in the Traditional category. If you think in terms of “artistic” – that’s the image we’re looking for. Think “digital manipulation – creating art” for this category.