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Can You Learn from Competitions?

11/5/2005 8:25:51 PM
I just came back from a monthly S4C competition meeting.  One speaker talked about the process of learning from competitions.  The jist of her comments was that  careful comparisons of your entries with those which get high scores is an essential part of the process.  The technical qualities of your entries must be as good as you can possibly do.   If you are always falling short of what the high scoring images look like, then it's time to read books, magazines, visit web sites and ask for advice about reaching a higher level of technical proficiency.  This takes work on your part.  There is no shortcut!  Nevertheless it's just only one component of creating a good competition image.  Choosing good subjects is even more important.  Others can only advise you after they see what you have.  It's very difficult to tell you what to shoot.  After all, you have to shoot what appeals to you.  At this point you must become very critical about your work.  Is it appealing to others?  The easy way out is to copy someone else's ideas.  What ideas, you ask?  How about kittens in a basket, especially grey kittens?  There were nearly a dozen of them on the screen today, all getting very good scores.  Another great idea is birds on a stick.  Nearly a dozen of those too.  Or go up to Alaska and shoot bears at the river lunging for salmon.  Very high scores.  You get the idea.

Competition can force you to improve your technique and keep it sharp. However, it will force you to start shooting subjects that are similar to those of the other competitors.  Your independence will be threatened.  Can you be comfortable with that?  Are you so competitive that you'll do anything to be on top?  Some will, some won't.  If you don't give a damn, keep shooting your usual stuff.  At least it should be sharper, well exposed, and cropped tight enough to look OK.  You will have learned something.

Frank Goroszko



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