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EPNet News ~ January 2006

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EPNet News: A Publication of the Equine Photographers Network
January 2006 ~ Vol. 6, Issue 1

In This Issue:

~Editing Your Photos for Competition by Susan Sexton
~Image Showcase
~Press Release: Equine Photographer’s Network Announces Spring Retreat, Workshops and Open Print Competition in California
~EPNet Member News

Editing your Photos for Competition
By Susan Sexton

Any way you look at it, good editing is a crucial part of being a good photographer. Learning to distinguish between good and not-so-good pictures can be what distinguishes you from everyone else.

Some of the stumbling blocks to competent editing are personal; ego, emotional involvement, lack of knowledge, and pride, to name a few examples. You've heard that old hack, "Love is blind." Well, it's true. Most of us are in love with our images and blind to reason. This is why it's hard to edit our own images; because we can't really see them with uninvolved eyes. One way to avoid this kind of blindness, is to learn all we can about image making and then apply that knowledge to editing, as well.

All our senses are involved at the moment of exposure. We are keenly aware of everything else that's going on at the time, too, which makes us emotionally involved. Then seeing the picture involves them all over again. Try to keep your senses and emotions at bay when doing your editing. Otherwise, they can keep you from judging your own pictures for what they really are (really good or really bad). Senses, feelings and emotions have a way of coloring opinion, and that is not helpful in these circumstances. Try to look at your pictures with clear, uncolored eyes.

Try this when selecting submissions for a competition. Try to look at your images from a new point of view: the judge's, rather than your own. There are certain criteria they are following, and you should follow them, too. It's just hard to do because it's way too easy to be a little forgiving when judging your own pictures, and you have to guard against that instinct. Judges look at pictures with one purpose: how do they fit within the parameters that are set for this competition? Learn what the judge is looking for--the good, the bad and know the difference.

Apply the picture making rules when editing. If you know the basic rules of photography--composition, clarity, contrast, content, balance, harmony, movement, angles, diagonals, thirds, depth of field, focus (and there are plenty more)-then you know how to edit. Look at each picture for flaws, but be honest about it. No fudging. No saying, "...but it's so pretty!"

Leave your "self" out of the decision making process. Be sure that "self" goes into the picture when you make it; but be equally sure to keep "self" out when you edit.

Look at each picture for its strong points: light, composition, contrast, color, clarity, content. Give yourself some credit and recognize what works. But be honest about it!

Look for flaws: merging, no point of interest, glaring white areas, closed eyes, no subject, centered or "bullseye" subjects, branches growing out of the ear, etc., etc. Continue learning what the flaws are that you should avoid. Get to know them, and then never let them in the door. Get rid of them. Cull them. Do whatever it takes to present only your best images. Be tough about it. Be firm with yourself. It's to your best advantage to do so.

Susan Sexton

Visit the Image Showcases
Favorites from 2005
Snow Scenes and Black and White
Top rated photos from the 24 Hour Day in the Life Project
As well as results from recent Member Image Assignments

Equine Photographer’s Network Announces Spring Retreat, Workshops and Open Print Competition in California

The Equine Photographers Network http://www.equinephotographers.org will be sponsoring a Retreat and Equine Photography Workshops in Santa Rosa, California in April, 2006. The beautiful Sonoma County region is known for its mild climate, world famous wineries, as well as being a short drive to old growth Redwood Groves and the rugged Northern California coastline.

This event will provide opportunities for education both in the field of equine photography and the business of photography and will feature hands on workshops as well as business speakers and local vendors. Working photographers, equine or otherwise, able to attend will want to mark their calendars for this great opportunity.

EPNet will offer a 4-day members only Retreat from April 5 – 9, 2006 with shoots at area farms, roundtables and workshops. Professional as well as amateur equine photographers may join EPNet and attend the retreat. There will be four days packed with photo shoots covering a wide variety of opportunities. Shoot leaders include well known equine photographers Tony Stromberg and Gail Bates.

Roundtable discussions and structured photo reviews fill out the schedule.

On Saturday, April 9, 2005, we will welcome photographer Dan Heller to present a program entitled: “Career Development in the Digital Age”.

Running concurrently with this event will be an open print show and competition entitled "The Equine Image: A Photographic Celebration of the Horse". This show is open to all and will be judged by Tony Stromberg and Hester Zoutendijk.

A complete overview of events is available at this link:

Multiple levels of Sponsorships for this event are also available and provide significant advantages to sponsors.

Member News - Congratulations To:
Covers by EPNet Members:
Tracey Eide: Book Cover: Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation by Geoff Teall
Becky Roberts: Photo in Arabian Horse World
Lynne Glazer, Back in the Saddle

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