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Article: "Picture Pointers"
- Herb Gustafson, Hon.PSA
The following Picture Pointers, was contributed by Herb Gustafson, Hon.PSA, FPSA. Mr. Gustafson is PSA Director of Exhibition Standards, Photo Travel Division.
The first suggestion involves pin-pointing your picture problems through improved self-evaluation of your picture taking efforts. Visualize each transparency or print as though it were mounted on a tripod, with each leg supporting a specific picture quality deemed necessary in producing successful photographic artqualities which are mentioned repeatedly by every salon judge during the course of competition commentary.
Composition: Simply stated, a pleasing arrangement of the center of interest in relation to other lines, form, and mass within the chosen format area. The following detailed outline provides adequate coverage necessary to identify the stated values for this aspect of picture quality.
Technical Quality: The amount of picture sharpness (focus), the degree of intensity of light (proper exposure), and the quality of the light (contrast and balance) to achieve or create a desired effect or mood.
Impact and Interest Value: The power to attract and hold viewer attention regardless of the subject matter being presented.
If close examination of your slide and print files reveals a pattern of ineffective picture support, similar to your contest-rated entries, then the next suggestion will do much towards solving your picture making difficulties. Of course, the extent of improvement hinges entirely upon YOU, the only logical key to its success!
What is this photographers panacea for increasing the merit and acceptance of your slide or print work? The answer is simply ACTIVE PARTCIPATION in the various instructional programs and activities available to every motivated individual member of the Delaware Photographic Society.
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