The cost of becoming a DCC member is as follows:
Student or out of State: $35
To start your membership application, please visit out Becoming a Member of the Dallas Camera Club.
Joining the Dallas Camera Club is easy. Becoming a Member of the Dallas Camera Club page and fill out our Membership Application form. You may pay for your membership online or bring a check to one of our meetings.
Individual membership is per year and is $60. If you are a full time student or competing from out of town, the annual fee is $35.
Membership dues are renewed annually on the one-year anniversary of your joining or renewing. An automated email reminder will be sent to you when your membership needs to be renewed.
In the upper right corner of your screen, click on “My Profile”. (Next to “log Out”). Here you can change your image by first selecting “Remove Image” button, then click on Choose image. On the next screen click on “Select Files” and then select a file from your computer. Alternatively, you may also just drag an image onto this screen from your desktop or file browser.
If you need to change any contact info, simply scroll down the page to the info you need to change, make the change and then scroll to the bottom of the page and select, “Save Profile”
Field trips are scheduled throughout the year to provide photo opportunities and allow club members to exchange photographic information and ideas. Field trips also allow club members to socialize and become more acquainted with each other. A schedule of the field trips is maintained on the website. A special slideshow is prepared for each field trip and shown at a meeting following the trip.
The current field trip is found on the Home page under the Field Trip tab.
The BIRD is an annual competition between the Dallas Camera Club and Fort Worth Camera Club that has been held each year since 1964. The BIRD is actually the perpetual trophy that has each winner’s name engraved on it. The competition is held in October and rotated between the clubs each year. It is a great opportunity to meet our neighbor photographers. See The Bird Competition under Interclub Competitions for more details.
For more details on how to create these shows, please see our Potpourri Night page.
Nikon has a page of 5 easy Composition Guidelines that is a good starting place for improving the composition of your images.
As with all the camera settings, there is no one right answer as to deciding what format to use when saving image files. Let’s try to clarify the RAW vs. JPEG tradeoff.
A JPEG file is…
- Image is processed in camera based on camera settings.
- Standard jpeg format is readable by virtually any software without additional processing.
- Lossy compressed format yields small file size, but limits post processing capability.
Bottomline – The JPEG image is ready to use right out of the camera which allows you to focus on making images. Some data is lost in the jpeg conversion. You have less ability to manipulate the image in post-processing since the camera has already processed the image and lossy compression format limits processing.
A RAW file is…
- Unprocessed data from the camera’s sensor that is provided in the manufacturer’s proprietary format. File size will be larger than jpeg.
- Post processing is very robust, but is required to create a final image.
- Processed files may be saved as tiff, jpeg, psd…
Bottomline – The RAW data must be post processed to create an image, but provides more control over the final image.
Post-processing is an integral part of digital photography. You need to edit your photos to balance hues, remove blemishes, improve saturation, create special effects, etc. The photo editor should:
- Import and organize your photos
- Enable you to perform basic adjustments
- Have an adequate selection of filters and effects
- Allow you to share your photos as digital images and prints
There are a lot of photo editing programs available. This is quick introduction to a few of them. DCC members are most apt to use Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop or Corel Paintbrush Pro.
Lightroom was designed by Adobe especially for photographers and is generally easier to learn and use than Photoshop. It enables photographers to intuitively adjust the tonality, exposure, and color of a digital image. Lightroom has an outstanding non-destructive editing environment, raw file processing, file management, print and export capabilities. Lightroom includes tools for performing batch, repetitive, and synchronized edits. Lightroom is heavily used by club members, so it is easy to get help if needed.
Lightroom will meet most photographer’s needs, but is limited in its abilities to remove unwanted objects, mask, change colors or composite images. Photoshop is better for tasks such as these.
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Photoshop Elements is a set of simple-to-use editing tools that is ideal for beginner and intermediate photographers. It is a simpler version of its big brother Photoshop and has most all the features you need to organize, edit, and share your photos. Standard and clean-up tasks can be done quickly and easily. A file manager is part of the suite.
The most recognizable photo editing software around, Photoshop is a product so well-known that its name has been transmogrified into a verb. Photoshop is a well-rounded application that covers anything from processing raw files, making brightness and contrast adjustments, masking, retouching and all the way up to producing multi-layered, stitched image composites rife with selections and masks. Photoshop has been the go-to tool for illustrators, designers, and artists around the world. Thus, it contains many capabilities that a photographer does not need. These add to its complexity and steep learning curve. Photoshop uses the same RAW processor (ACR) as Lightroom.
Corel Paintshop Pro
PaintShop Pro is one of the better photo editing software options for people who want an easy-to-use, simple but effective approach to editing their images. Though it might not be the most advanced tool in the world at first glance, it comes with everything you need to take your images to the next level, without breaking the bank. You can change white balance and color levels, color gradients, correct perspectives, and more. There are dozens of textures, backgrounds, and brushes to choose from, and the app adds new features all the time. This is one of the better options to Adobe products. Paintshop Pro is only available for Windows, not Mac OS.
ON1 Photo RAW
ON1’s Photo RAW provides the tools you need to process raw files, make basic edits, apply creative effects, and manage a photo library. Photo RAW was developed as a non-subscription alternative to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It has most of the capabilities of Lightroom and more including the ability to use masks and layers.
Phase one Capture One Pro
A competitor to Adobe’s offerings in terms of workflows and file management is a capable image editing solution, especially in regard to color management, as well as file organization. Developed as a non-subscription alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop aimed at professional photographers.
Purchase options – perpetual license versus subscription
Adobe is the gold-standard when it comes to image editing software. They provide Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. Photo editing programs may be purchased outright or by subscription. Adobe is moving to a subscription model for their high-end software. Photoshop and Lightroom are only available by subscription. The Adobe Photography Plan provides access to Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC in one bundle for a reasonable monthly fee. Photoshop Elements and most other vendor’s products may still be purchased outright with a perpetual license.
The simple answer is no. We have members who are very successful in the club and other competitions that use Elements, Picasa, etc. Photoshop is an expensive and complex program which takes a long time to learn. Its incremental benefits may not be worth your time, effort and money.
Special topics are assigned for every other month at the beginning of each club year. A list of Contest Topics and a schedule of when they are to be submitted is maintained on Competition section page of this website.
General guidelines and rules for DCC competitions are presented on the Preparing Competition Images page.
The projected image size limitation (1920 pixels wide X 1280 pixels high) is consistent with an the standard DSLR ration of 4:3 or 3:2. Most modern day monitors can easily handle this and also allow our judges to see enough detail to make better judgments and comments on the images. Secondly, without putting some type of limit on the size of the images, we could very quickly begin to take up an unnecessary amount of hard drive space on the website server and lastly, with the size of some caerma images now being 50 Megapixels, upload speeds could be quite slow during submission. We find that the new size is a nice balance between these 2 issues.
You probably work in either sRGB or Adobe RGB color space. The Adobe RGB color space is larger (contains more colors) than sRGB and is great for prints. sRGB was created to match the limited capability of the typical color monitor. As such, it is the default color space and assumed by non-color managed software. This includes the Internet, all Microsoft applications, ProShow Gold, SmoothShow, Picasa, etc.
Since we do not know what software our judges will use to view our Projected Images, it makes sense to revert to the sRGB default color space. That way, one is ensured that the judge is seeing the image colors as close as possible to what you intended. The software that DCC uses to show images and slide shows at the meetings also assumes sRGB color space.
If you leave the color space as Adobe RGB and the image is viewed with un-color managed software, the image will appear desaturated. See the example below – B is an Adobe RGB image viewed on an unmanaged platform as sRGB and A is the same image converted to sRGB. See instructions on how to convert your image to sRGB using Photoshop, Elements and Picasa.
Image by Dan Dan Meredith
The DCC definition for monochrome prints follows PSA rules.
A monochrome image is defines as:
An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a grayscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A grayscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.
The short answer is, no spot color but shades of a tint, like sepia for example, are expectable.
Judges tend to look for certain features when they evaluate an image. Each judge may approach the process a little differently and with their own biases, but in general, they tend to look at impact, composition and technique in one way or another. In the real world, some judges will favor technique over impact and composition or vice versa. At a high level, these are defined as follows:
- Impact (or interest) has to do with originality, imagination, interpretation, subject, mood, action, humor, etc.
- Composition looks at the arrangement of all elements within the image area. Is the subject matter presented in a harmonious, balanced manner without distractions?
- Technique has to do with technical execution in capturing and preparing a print or projected image. Is the image well lit, sharp, properly exposed with good color, and properly presented.
If you would like to delve into each of these attributes in more detail, read on.
Impact (or interest) is all about first impressions and how a viewer reacts to the image. An image with great impact makes the judge think “wow” before analyzing the image in detail. This may result from the subject matter itself or from the colors, lighting or composition. It can be anything that distinguishes an image from others taken of the same subject. Some elements that may positively or negatively effect the impact of an image are:
- Creative seeing
- Unique subject or lighting
- Story-telling elements
- Strong mood
- Unusual camera angle, position or tilt
- Color used to add impact or tension to the image
- Depiction of motion
- Unusually high or low key subjects
- Weather conditions
- Wide angle, telephoto, close-up or macro lens perspective
- Clichéd subject matter
Composition is concerned with the major elements in the scene as well as their location, particularly the center-of-interest and its supporting elements and background. Some factors that may effect the image composition are:
- Recognizable center-of-interest balanced with the other elements
- Main subject is set off from supporting elements
- Distractions that compete with the main subject
- Image is not too busy
- Strong design elements such as (leading) lines, curves, circles and angles.
- Placement of elements in the scene
- Use of compositional techniques such as rule of thirds, odd numbers and level horizon
- Eye easily travels around the image
- There is room for the subjects to look or move into
- Use of foreground and background to provide spatial relationships
- Choice of format – horizontal, vertical, square or panorama
Technique is generally concerned with capture exposure, focus and depth-of-field. It also addresses how the image is finally presented as a print or projected image. A technically perfect image will not score well if it is not interesting and well composed. Some factors that may impact the judges perception of technique are:
- Image is sharp where it needs to be sharp
- Camera is steady with no unintended subject-motion blur
- Blurred subject or background to show motion
- Eyes are sharp with catch light
- Good exposure and contrast
- Detail maintained in both highlights and shadows
- Proper color or tonal balance throughout
- Depth-of-field and selective focus are appropriate for scene
- Image processing techniques can have a significant impact on the final image. Some of these include color balance, saturation, tonal range and contrast, sharpening, selection artifacts, banding, noise, resolution, and color space
- Choice of print paper and matting
Most of our judges are senior amateur photographs from other clubs. We also use professional photographers and teachers. We are always looking of new qualified judges. If you know anyone who you think would make a good judge, please let the print or projected images chairpersons know.
The BIRD is an annual competition between the Dallas Camera Club and Fort Worth Camera Club that has been held each year since 1964. The BIRD is actually the perpetual trophy that has each winner’s name engraved on it. The competition is held in October and rotated between the clubs each year. It is a great opportunity to meet our neighbor photographers. See “The BIRD Competition” under Interclub Competitions for more details.
If you are on a Mac, you might consider FotoMagico.
Images should be prepared in accordance with the guide on the Preparing Competition Images page to maximize the image quality and minimize the final show’s file size.
This video will give you a quick overview and intro into creating a ProShow Gold slideshow. There are plenty of videos on YouTube to help you produce a professional looking show.
Each year in the May meeting, members are encouraged to present their works in themed slideshow presentations. This is called the Potpourri show. These popular shows allow members to exhibit images that may not have been previously seen. Here is a document written by a DCC member, on producing a slideshow.