Firework Spectacular - A failure in creative competitions

Firework Spectacular – A failure in creative competitions

Is creative photography judged on your photographic skills, artist skills or photoshop skills?  Being a member of 2 camera clubs, I am constantly finding that winning images are not the skill as a photographer but as a artist that is good or OK at Photoshop.  Judges, whether they are camera club members or paid judges, feel they can only associate creative photography with tarting a bad/crap/average image in Photoshop. Adobe’s premier image editing application gets bad press for being a tool that should rescue any poorly executed image into a winner!  Primarily Photoshop was a graphic designer’s tool which has now been hijacked by photographers you will use a fraction of the functions within.  I get annoyed with camera club lecturers who say “I hate using Photoshop, I only dabble in it!”.  Liars!  Their images would not look like that unless they spent time.  There are some brilliant examples of composite creative photography using multiple images and creating something imaginative which actually works.  Also there are some wonderful creative images that use their skill of working the camera to creative images either using long exposures, multiple exposure, panning, lens zoom, creative lens movement and using off camera flash.  These are very rarely commended by judges.  Why?  It makes you just go and take crap photos and then “play around Photoshop” until something is revealed. The argument continues…

Creative results at Leicester Forest Photographic Society
KT Allen from Wigan 10 Foto Club creates brilliant composites
The Creative Group of the RPS with ideas and portfolios
Look at what Google threw up when searching in Images for Creative Photography

Creative photography can have massive impact, but unless you do your research and have a plan in mind, it will just looked “Photoshopped” and in my book, that’s for the recycle bin!