Digital Entry Rules

RULES FOR SUBMITTING DIGITAL IMAGES

Digital images may be submitted for judge’s critique and scoring – instead of or in addition to image Print submissions.   Digital images may be attached to an email to digitalsccc@gmail.com any time prior to the turn-in meeting (first Monday of the month).  Image size, format and naming restrictions are described in the Sizing Digital Files in Photoshop paragraph.

Number of Digital submissions – one (1) per month per member in Class “A” or Class “B”. (same as Print classes)

Scoring and Ribbons – Judge will critique and score Digital entries.  Scores will be logged and evaluated for year-end awards

Theme – OPEN.

Division – Digital entry may be either Color, Black & White or Artistic.

Submission of Digital entry as a Print (in later month) – A Digital image may be submitted as a Print in a later month unless the Digital image received a Blue Ribbon 1st Place award. Thus, the Digital entry exercise can be a learning experience for the photographer who incorporates judge’s critiques in the image for future submission as a Print.

SIZING DIGITAL FILES

IMAGE DIMENSIONS: Your image should be no larger than 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels tall. Your image is probably much larger than that, so it must be downsized. In Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you can do that by going to Image->Image Size to open the sizing dialog box. Make sure that the Constrain Proportions box is checked. The dialog box should show Bicubic Sharper (best for smooth gradients). Insure that the horizontal dimension (Width) is no larger than “1400 pixels” and that the vertical (Height) is no larger than “1050 pixels”. Keep in mind when sizing a vertical image, that observing the 1050 pixel vertical restriction will result in a horizontal pixel count much less than 1400. This is normal.

FILE SIZE: The rules state that the file size may not exceed 1.5 MB (or 1500 KB). This is almost never a problem, as a typical image will come in well under 1 MB. If you need to reduce your file size, the best technique is to use the Quality slider in the Jpeg Options box which appears after pressing File->Save As, Save. Normally, you will want this slider set to 12 (max), but selecting a lower number will increase the degree of file compression, thus reducing the file size.

COLOR PROFILE: In order for your image to look its best on our projection equipment, the color profile should be sRGB. If your working file is not sRGB, the image should be converted. Go to Edit?Convert to Profile. In the Destination Space dialog box select “sRGB (IEC61966-2.1)”, leaving the Conversion Options and check boxes at their default settings.

SAVING THE FILE: Your image needs to be saved as a Jpeg if it is not already. Go to File?Save As and name the file as described below. Make sure that “Jpeg” is selected as the file format. If Jpeg is not an available option, it means that your file doesn?t conform to Jpeg rules. This is usually because the file is something other than 8 bit. Go to Image?Mode, and make sure “8 bits/channel” is checked. Once you?ve done this, Jpeg will become an option on the save menu.

FILE NAMING: The following file naming convention is important to insure proper automatic sorting of our digital entires. Each file name will contain Class (A or B), Member Number, and Title as shown below. Use an underscore (NOT a dash) to separate each item. Title names shall contain spaces. In order to support the automation of our file gathering process, it is important NOT to add an underscore within your title names. Avoid the use of unsupported special characters such as \ / : * ? < > | in title names. I

Example: B_123_River Walk

SUBMITTING THE FILE: You may email your file as an attachment to:

digitalsccc@gmail.com anytime prior to the turn-in meeting (first Monday of the month). Please include “CCC Digital Submission” in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation reply when your files are received and checked in. If you prefer, in lieu of email, you may bring a CD to the turn-in meeting.

In a Nutshell
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