S4C August 2015 Board Report

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S4C August 2015

 Board Report/Newsletter- by Bonnie J. Matthews-Franke

  • S4C REFRESHER-Part 2 General Requirements

The original image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Subject to divisional restrictions (i.e., in Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism), images may be altered by the maker, and artwork or computer graphics created by the entrant may be incorporated, if the photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer.

Regardless of how many times it is entered into however many Divisions, the same image must always bear exactly the same title. (An image entered into Monochrome may have the abbreviation mono or bw appended. An image entered into Creative may be titled differently from the original image(s) from which it was derived).

Titles must be less than 35 characters and may not include the following reserved characters: *,$,!,%,#,=,?.

This limitation of 35 characters includes any ‘qualifiers’ used for the maker’s convenience to distinguish images that would otherwise have the same title. Apart from such qualifiers, titles must be composed of understandable words or common acronyms; no digits are permitted in this part of the title (use ‘Two Flowers’ rather than ‘2 Flowers’). Any qualifiers are limited in length to 5 characters plus, if required, an additional optional qualifier to indicate that the image is a monochrome version (Mono or BW).

Note: The same title rule applies across all historical and present formats: digital or print..

  • S4C Definitions Part 1

Pictorial Interclub Definition

Pictorial Color images for Interclub are judged both for their technical and pictorial merit. The image must be properly exposed, be appropriately in focus, and have appropriate depth of field. A Pictorial Color image should have strong compositionpleasing quality, and color impactImages eligible for entry into the Pictorial Monochrome Section* are not permitted. The content is unrestricted.

* That is, images that are black and white, or black and white plus one fully-toned

Pictorial Color Definition

Pictorial Color images are judged both for their technical and pictorial merit. The image must be properly exposed, be appropriately in focus, and have appropriate depth of field. A Pictorial Color image should have strong compositionpleasing quality, and color impact.

Images eligible for entry into the Pictorial Monochrome Section or the Pictorial Arranged Section are not permitted. The content is otherwise unrestricted.

  • Changes to Section Definitions for 2015-2016

The definitions of Photo Travel and Photojournalism (General and Human Interest) to conform to new PSA definitions that will become effective in January. Among other improvements these revised definitions place greater restrictions on posed or setup images.

The definition of what Alterations are allowed in the three reality-based divisions (NaturePhoto Travel, and Photojournalism) has been refined to conform to the new PSA definitions for Photo Travel and Photojournalism.

Borders in the three reality-based divisions are optional but must be white or a shade of grey and must be 3 or 4 pixels in width. Borders of 1 or 2 pixels are no longer allowed since they often result in uneven presentation because of jpeg compression.

  • UEN

For S4C Interclub and to participate as an Individual, you MUST have a UEN to enter. If you do not have one, please go to the S4C website and request yours today (just takes about 5 min)!

When sending an image for Interclub, please send me your UEN. If you have any questions about S4C, the Honors, or wish to send me images, please email me at S4CInterclub@lpaphotography.org, or don’t hesitate to call Bonnie Matthews-Franke.


by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn’t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she’s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I’m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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