For deletions, do exactly as you did: label it "delete" in the caption. Only mods have the power to delete in the gallery, so changing the caption accordingly let's us know to do so.
Just in case you missed it I have changed the time of the Ending and Beginning of the challenges.
The switch is happening now and the current challenge #47 will end on April 5 at 8:00 am PST (GMT -7), 2010
Going forward each challenge will open and close at 8:00 am PST.
Any other questions please feel free to post them here, Thanks.
Oh good, that means the deadline is now 6 pm, instead of 3 pm.
I'm speaking very softly so only you can hear me...
Come a little closer so I can make sure you can hear me.
Ok here is the deal I am thinking of letting everyone know what the next challenge is going to be so that I can get some feedback on if the majority thinks it is a challenge that they are excited about.
I received the idea from tinamarie52 (Chris). The idea is for us to have a two round challenge. The first round consists of shooting a SOOC photo of any subject no cropping no sharpening and only camera defaults etc. The winner of the first round agrees to let the winning photo become the basis for the next round. In the next round the winning photo needs to be brought into Photoshop or some other editing software to enhance it to the next level. The PP steps need to be explained in the caption so anyone looking at the steps can get some idea about what was done and what filters were used. The best PP (Post Production) photo will be judged by the photos owner (SOOC winner) and a previous 1st place winner of one of the other challenges.
So... Thats the idea
Any feedback is welcome.
Oh yea I really don't know why I was whispering you can all hear me
Sean, for the first round of this would you vote based on the SOOC image that you like best or the one that you would most like to see everyone use in the second part of the challenge?
I've just had a thought, I'm guessing that this will not be able to run in two consecutive challenges as we would have to vote on the winner of round one, and that usually takes 3 days.
Would it be split by a regular challenge inbetween rounds one and two?
The Curious Camel wrote:
That's an awesome idea. I'm stoked!!!
What if this turns out to be a good learning experience for the majority we could implement this more often?
peace always, gail
... But I think it falls outside the lines of a "Photography Contest/Challenge" and into the realm of "Editing/Graphics/Digital Art" or something of the sort...
Don't you "edit" and "Enhance" your images to make them better than the "RAW" image? Isn't Dark room technique part of what photography is all about?
True, but Photography also requires you to have knowledge of a camera, composition, exposure, and all the variables that go along with capturing the initial image in the first place. Being judged on how well I can alter someone elses image, doesn't seem like a challenge that falls in the same category. Besides I can add a photo to a contest with no editing, I can't add editing to a contest with no photo.
Plus in the DSS Challenges photos must be fresh, and this falls outside of that rule for sure.
On the other hand, it's still a cool idea, and I would still enjoy participating.
And thank you for being one of the first to start discussing the negative aspects of the idea.
I like the idea. For the judges, it might be fair to put some sort of theme on the first round SOOC challenge. Something big like "People" or "Landscape." Because, otherwise, if the first round has some macros, some street shots, some landscapes, it'll be hard to decide.
I would encourage you to do them in back to back challenges, even if we had to cut down on the submission time by two days and the voting time by a day, and have a couple of days void of a challenge. It'll be more fresh in everyone's mind.
Lastly, I wonder if it might be reasonable to give some guiidelines about how far NOT to take it in PP. For example, composite in so much stuff that is very little of the original left in place.
But I like it!
regarding composites you have a very good point.
if we could use the top five photos to develop a original composite might that give a little more in variances???