- Episode 1 – Evaluating Nature Images – Recording and Handouts
- Episode 2 – Making Competitive Nature Images – Recording and Handouts
- Episode 3 – Mar 31 – Using a Photo’s Impact to Influence Commenting – Register
- Episode 4 – May 19 – Exploring Your Questions Panel Discussion – Info
You Be the Judge Miniseries
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The NECCC You Be the Judge Miniseries of educational discussions and presentations is designed to enhance the experience of participating in camera club competitions. These episodes are free and open to everyone. Information about the online meetings, including the date and time, is sent out to the NECCC mailing list in advance, with a reminder sent to registered attendees closer to the event date.
Miniseries Episode 3 – Mar 31, 2023
Using a Photo’s Impact to Influence Commenting
Chane Cullens (HonNEC) will focus on how to provide educational comments by evaluating a photo based on its impact. He will also explore ways to create impactful photographs through storytelling, creativity, composition, and technical excellence. Understanding the principles that contribute to a photo’s impact can help judges craft comments and help photographers create powerful photos that evoke emotions and communicate messages.
Storytelling in a photograph is the ability to tell a story and capture the viewer’s imagination. Creativity involves finding an unusual or extraordinary way to depict an ordinary subject. Composition directs the viewer’s attention to the most striking or intriguing elements of the photograph. Technical excellence refers to the quality of the photograph, achieved through both camera skills and editing techniques.
A survey of NECCC member clubs revealed that “educational constructive comments” is the most important aspect of competitions. With the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” in mind, this session will offer techniques for crafting educational comments using less than 100 words.
Chane Cullens, HonNEC, lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. In addition to being a Vice President of NECCC and leading their Keeping Clubs Active Group, he is also a board member for the Flagpole Photographers Camera Club. He has presented photography related programs at NECCC Photography Conferences, many camera clubs, high schools and community sponsored events. His favorite topics include educating photographers on how judges evaluate photos and helping judges evaluate photos. He has presented on Judging Camera Club Competitions, Creating Photos with Impact, An Excellent Photo is “Not About Gear,” and How to Avoid Losing Your Digital Photographs among others. He has also created an annual all-day hands-on workshop that covers photography basics, downloading, and some post-processing of photos. Chane also designed and taught a class on Nature Photography for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Chane also completed 80 mile and 100 mile ultramarathons in 2022.
Who should attend
Everyone is invited. Please forward this URL to anyone interested.
Friday, March 31st from 7 to 8 pm Eastern
You must register by March 30th.
Miniseries Episode 4 – May 19, 2023
Exploring Your Questions Panel Discussion
A panel of experts will answer audience-generated questions in this “Ask Me Anything” session about the topics discussed in the You Be the Judge Miniseries.
You Be the Judge Miniseries Handouts & Recordings
Making Competitive Nature Images – Miniseries Episode 2 – Feb 24, 2023
In this program, Richard Cloran (HonFPSA, GMPSA, HonNEC) will explore the key aspects of a successful competitive nature image and what separates them from an otherwise good nature image. Each of the key aspects is covered in short, easily remembered points. These points are then reinforced with multiple examples using images that have and have not…
Evaluating Nature Images – Miniseries Episode 1 – Jan 20, 2023
Overview In this one-hour program, Rick Cloran (HonFPSA, GMPSA, HonNEC) will delve into the rules and guidelines for nature photography competitions as defined by the PSA & FIAP (Photographic Society of America, International Federation of Photographic Art). He will also share his personal insights on how to approach evaluating and commenting on nature images, and…
Possible Future Topics
Looking at all things judging
- What is a judge?
- What is my club looking for in a judge?
- Where do I find “qualified” judges?
- Questions to ask when requested to judge?
- What is photojournalism, photo travel …
Working to prioritize and deliver content
- William B. Barnett, FPSA, GMPSA, HonNEC
- Rick Cloran, HonFPSA, GMPSA, HonNEC
- Chane Cullens, HonNEC
- Antoinette Gombeda, APSA, HonNEC
- Dennis Goulet, HonNEC
- Shiv Verma, FPSA, HonNEC
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Judging Related Content from Keeping Clubs Active
Ideas for Judging Camera Club Competitions by Chane Cullens
Presentation for Keeping Clubs Active. April 4, 2022. Role of Judging Camera Club Competitions. . Formulating an Educational Comment. . Deciding on a Score. . Understanding the Elements of an Excellent Photo – With Interactive Activities
Meeting Minutes – Nov 18, 2021
7:30 – Meeting kickoff – Chane Cullens. . 7:35 – 75th NECCC Photo Conf – Rhonda Cullens. . 7:40 – Competition best practices with Gateway Camera Club