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Photography Question 
Callie kerr

member since: 4/13/2004
  2031 .  how do i resubmit the same picture,newly edited?
i removed a distraction out of my contest picture that I had already submitted, thanks to a suggestion from another member.
I made the correction(which indeed helped!!!) and was wondering if I can now upload the NEW version of the same picture? or will it need to wait until tomorrow? can I even reenter the same picture tomorrow? I'd rather just submit the "better" version today! :)

4/13/2004 9:31:33 AM

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Photography Question 
Joyce K. Lawrence

member since: 7/7/2003
  2032 .  contest
Where is the link to see the March finalists?

4/13/2004 7:00:07 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member
cammphoto.com

member since: 7/17/2003
  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=3263

4/13/2004 7:17:00 AM

Joyce K. Lawrence

member since: 7/7/2003
  Thank you so much,Bob.I've been looking for them since yesterday morning.Thanks!

4/13/2004 7:39:32 AM

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colleen 

member since: 4/12/2004
  2033 .  picture.com
Iwas also fooled I guess!!! What a shame. I did attend the convention and was very disappointed after finding this site and reading all the bad feedback concerning picture.com! They told me a couple of days ago that they would mail my awards to me because I didn't make it to the contest room in time to submit my photo. I guess I'll wait and see! Collee paxton

4/12/2004 10:05:36 AM

Donna S. Domitrek

member since: 12/19/2003
  I also attended the convention and was one of the cash prize winners. I was not disappointed at all. All of the workshops I attended were informative and interesting.
The people I met were fantastic and some have become great friends.
The trick is to be on time.

4/21/2004 7:20:33 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  I'm about to go beyond my rights again.
They flood emails and letters out without any real regard to who takes what kind of picture. There's no doubt that they do give out prizes, but the mode of operation is just to get as many people as they can to pay the money, and whoever goes that's where the money for the prizes comes from.
The analogy I've used before I'll use again. If you have a talent contest, and tell as many people as possible they could win. You may or may not get somebody who actually can sing, but that dosen't matter. You just pick a winner, and if they are truly good, then they are good, just as long as you get enough people paying to enter the contest, you got your money. Whoever wins the contest is happy.
The damage is done with the people who really didn't have anything, but believed all compliments and comments of admiration.
At $500 per person to attend, any prizes they give away is small to what they bring in.
And anything from any workshops they offer is most likely covered in a well explaining book for $20-30.
Don't worry Colleen, there have been others. Now you know.

4/22/2004 1:18:16 AM

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Karen  Talasco
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/5/2003
  2034 .  Web-a-Photo Website
Has anyone ever posted photos into the monthly contest at the Web-a-photo website? I posted several last month and one of my photos won photo of the month. The prize is supposed to be $100. My photo was posted as the winner but I have not received even an email from these people to congratulate me, confirm the win or on how to collect my prize money. I have emailed them twice and gotten no response so far. I guess it's a scam, but wanted to know if anyone else had used this website. Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks. Karen

4/12/2004 9:48:23 AM

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Photography Question 
Patrick R. McMullen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/1/2004
  2035 .  Contest Question
 
Are photos with borders, such as matts, accepted in the photo contest?

4/10/2004 8:10:38 AM


BetterPhoto Member
  Hello Patrick. Yes, feel free to enter images with mattes and borders to our contest. Please let me know if you have further questions. heather at betterphoto.com.

4/10/2004 9:43:46 AM

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Patrick R. McMullen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/1/2004
  2036 .  Contest Question
 
Are photos with borders, such as matts, accepted in the photo contest?

4/10/2004 8:10:08 AM

Isabel L
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2004
  Yes, I think so.

10/16/2004 7:19:10 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  If you can find a way to upload it.

10/16/2004 5:15:38 PM

Isabel L
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2004
  What do you mean?

10/16/2004 5:23:00 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  I mean you enter the contest by uploading a picture.

10/16/2004 5:36:24 PM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  Yes, I'm sure that they are. Although I don't see very many with borders or frames making it through to the finals, so it may be something they accept but don't really like. Someone once said that a frame is usually used to help a bad picture. I personally like them.

10/16/2004 7:00:10 PM

Nancy Grace Chen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/18/2004
  They're accepted. But I don't really see much of a reason for a border... I often see people using borders and gimmicky PS effects to enhance ok photos or to cover up mistakes. I think a photo should be able to stand by itself, in general. There are cases where the effects and borders can be used wisely to enhance, though. But I say, if there's no good reason for it, don't do it. Just my two cents.

Nancy

10/17/2004 12:13:25 AM

Joanna Pecha
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/5/2003
  Using a border, a simple matte like presentation, simply completes the images presentation. Seldom would you submit an unmatted print into any offline competition, it's a visual "completion" for the viewer. I personally use this technique at all times simply for the professional look to the piece. I'm not talking about weird and obnoxious framing, that's pretty sad, but strictly a complementary and non obtrusive matting that helps to showcase the art presented. That's my two cents...Cheers, Joanna

10/19/2004 10:10:48 AM

Shauna Linde
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/10/2004
  I was reading the guidelines/information for sending in photos for contests and they do mention the use of frames. It says you are welcome to, but it does note (as has already been mentioned) that the frame is often used to attempt to make a mediocre photo look better. They don't say they are frowned upon but they do say that the pictures should be exceptional. If that's the case then the picture shouldn't need anything to complement it- it would look amazing on it's own.

10/19/2004 11:03:39 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  Live dangerously and try using a border to as part of making a good picture.
A matte around a picture is just a matte around a picture.
A steel girders around a picture of a welder, something complimentary.

10/19/2004 11:13:51 AM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  Direct quote from the BP contest rules page:

1) The judges have generally learned to dislike borders. Borders are all too often placed around mediocre photos in an attempt to "dress them up". If you are considering a border, do what the judges do: examine the photo itself, critically and exclusively. Hold up your hands and use your fingers to temporarily hide the borders. If the photo does not stand on its own - without borders, then don't add a border.

10/19/2004 2:40:23 PM

Shauna Linde
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/10/2004
  Well that outta take care of this question! Thanks Diane!:) You found just what I had read..although I didn't remember reading the part that they have "learned" to dislike them. Must of just missed that one! It's somewhat unfortunate though because Gregory gives a good example of when framing could really add something to the photo.

10/19/2004 3:51:06 PM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  Hi Shauna,
I don't think they are saying you should try to avoid composing your photo with interesting objects to frame it. I think they are talking about adding frames/border after the fact. Too bad I read that a year after joining BP! Oh well - live and learn!

10/19/2004 3:53:16 PM

Patrick R. McMullen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/1/2004
  I'm learning to avoid frames more and more. Been doing it for a while, but now I think that frames of any type is an artificial attempt to add to the photographers original idea and highly generic. I think a VERY thin border is ok, but if it's something that makes the viewer become aware of right from the start, then it's not a good idea...that's my opinion now.

10/19/2004 7:01:17 PM

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Photography Question 
M. L. Jones

member since: 4/7/2004
  2037 .  Contest Photo Deletion
I uploaded the wrong photo for the contest. How do I delete the photo?

4/7/2004 8:01:01 PM

  If you need an image deleted and you do not have a Member Gallery or a Deluxe Site, you can email me: heather at betterphoto.com to delete the image. I will just need the title and/or photo id# to delete your specific image. Thanks!

4/10/2004 9:42:13 AM

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Photography Question 
Chris Malcolm
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/10/2003
  2038 .  Uploaded Image Size - Technique?
 
Ok ... I am still confused about uploading of images to BP, in particular images scanned from 35mm prints not Digital. The first image is sharp in PS and is cropped to 750 pixels on the wide side, however the thumbnail is really distorted and the image once opened is smaller. Why is this? The second image is done exactly the same way (750 pixels on the wide side) yet the thumbnail is quite clearer and the image itself appears larger when opened in BP.

Also what would be the correct method for reducing the size of an image once scanned in at it's larger size so as to get a uniform image size on BP? Can anyone suggest a good tutorial for this subject? In my gallery I have fine thumbnails and rubbish thumbnails. All images in landscape mode are cropped to 750 on the wide side yet they appear in all manner of sizes on BP and never as sharp as in PS. If you can answer one or all of these queries would be great before I tear the rest of my hair out ;-)

Chris

4/7/2004 4:18:51 AM

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Carol Shagovac

member since: 2/22/2004
  2039 .  TAKING PICTURES IN THE AIR
WHEN TAKING PICTURES OF HAWKS OR BIRDS IN TREES WITH A CAM CORDER WHAT AE SETTING SHOULD YOU USE IF ITS WINTER. SPORTS OR SAND OF AUTO?

4/6/2004 1:42:15 PM

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Donna S. Domitrek

member since: 12/19/2003
  2040 .  Picture.com Convention
I have just returned from the picture.com convention in Washington DC, and for any of you that got the letter and did not go, all I can say is, it's your loss.
I had a wonderful time in DC and was one of the amature photographers that left with a cash prize,and yes there were 45 winners of either cash or other gifts.
The convention was informative and very helpful to the amature photographer and the people were great.
There were amature photographers from all over the world, over 1,000 in all and I did not hear one complaint.
My suggestion is that people should not be so quick to judge, especially if they don't know what they are talking about.
This will be one amature photographer that WILL attend next year's convention.

4/6/2004 10:20:43 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  Yep - one born every....

4/6/2004 3:17:46 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  There's was never any question that somebody would win a prize, or that somebody would win a trophy or somebody would win an award. There's was never any doubt that who ever decided to go, they would pick something that was at least decent looking to win.
But if I took names and addresses out of a phone book and sent letters saying they could win a talent contest, just pay 500 to attend, whoever showed up all I would have to do is just pick whoever sounded the best, regardless of whether they could truly sing. I could pay the prize money, because it's pennies compared to all the other people who were brought in by the letter.
And that's where the problem lies with the convention. You could say it's the other people's own fault for being swayed by cheap praise so easily, but it's still not something that should be done.
But if you enjoyed yourself, you got a trip to D.C. and whatever prize you got.

4/6/2004 4:34:01 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  No need to get mad Donna. You'll have to take my word for it, my view of the world is expanded. My vision isn't blurry, I know how these things work.
You can get into technicalities and say it's not a typical take the money and run job. Everything I bet was legal. I'm just calling it what it is.
But like I said, you had fun in D.C., you got your prize, that should be enough.

4/6/2004 7:14:05 PM

David Reynolds
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/15/2004
  My main gripe about the authenticity of the whole things is that they take any photographer that will pay and go and give them an award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Photography'...and that just seems wrong. I could take a photo of the bottom of my foot and get an award for Outstanding Achievement in Photography, if I pay the money. The way I see it...it is cheaper to make your own trophy and just as authentic, isn't it? Just the same...the trip is probably a nice time away. A majority of us want to be recognized and maybe even get an award, but the ethics of the whole things keeps me from participating....and telling my kids I 'won' an award, when all I did was pay 500 bucks for it...and they could have gotten the same award with a dime store instamatic and an itchy trigger finger, and the picture.com email address. Just my opinion I guess. So..the fact that they hold a convention's a reality..at least that's something.

5/4/2004 2:48:43 PM

Elizabeth D. Moore

member since: 6/5/2002
  It's a sad state of affairs when we run into the high and mighty who can't see us little people way down here on the street. Must be all that pollution in the air that high.

I'm a writer and photographer and also want to attend conventions. But every last one of them costs money. If you don't believe me, here is the latest convention for you to check out:
https://nt.mauigateway.com/writers/reg/conference/confregform.asp
Minimum expenditure would be at least 500.00. And I don't get a free camera when I leave. I don't get to stand up and tell everyone about my short story.

Now, if I want to enter into a writing competition at the convention, then I have to pay a writer's fee. It's just standard practice.

I have had a successful photography business for many years, and have sent my photos to picture.com.

I have also purchased two of their books, and they are very nice. I was thrilled to see my photos in a book that hundreds of other people will see.

I haven't won the big prize, but was very pleased to have several photos of mine published.

I was also asked to submit a photo for consideration for the Best of 2003.

And you should know that not every picture is chosen for publication. I know a couple that weren't.

If I could have attended the DC convention (money again) I would have. This is an AMATEUR Photographer convention. It is designed to teach technique, share stories and photos and enter some neat contests.

I did have to complain once because I got the wrong book - but it did have one of my other photos in it. Just not the one I was expecting.

I just don't see the necessity to keep slamming those of us who choose to participate at picture.com.

I'm not a published novelist, but I am a writer, and I have received an invitation to attend a writer's convention and to enter some of my work in competition. But it sure isn't free.

I've yet to find one that is.

The majority of literary magazines also charge a reading fee if you enter a contest - and there is no guarantee that your work won't hit the trash can.

On another note, I'm also a member of two associations at which I must pay a fee to attend the annual convention.

I don't think that picture.com is awful at all. My pictures are still in their books - even the ones I don't buy. And in this day and age, positive recognition is welcome since so many people have make it their profession to criticize, not helpfully critique.

There's no such thing as cheap praise. For many just starting out, that first bit of recognition is what starts them on a successful road.

Cheap shots, vain criticism, and critiques without the offer of a kind note of how to do it right are demoralizing.

The right to demonstrate free speech comes with the responsibility to use that speech to honor yourself and others. If there is a wrong, speaking of doable ways to make it right is the honorable way. It does not give mankind the right to hold himself higher than his fellow man.

I'm glad you got to go Donna. Wish I could have been there, too.

Don't let the opinions of so few upset and distress you. Once they draw blood, it's like being in the middle of a feeding frenzy.

I'd rather stay on the outside and find the good in things.

5/11/2004 6:47:38 PM

Donna S. Domitrek

member since: 12/19/2003
  Elizabeth,
Thanks for the very well written comments. You are so right!!! However, it disturbes me to no end when people choose to force their opinions about something they have never attended.
There were some very talented amateur photographers at this convention and wonderful workshops that were worth every penny I paid to attend.
As I said, I would not hesitate to attend next year.
Thank you again
Donna

5/11/2004 9:04:28 PM

Elizabeth D. Moore

member since: 6/5/2002
  I was at picture.com just the other day and was browsing through the highlights of the convention. If you haven't looked - you should stop by.

5/11/2004 9:30:39 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  I thought air is clearer at high altitudes? But anyway, why talk about free speech, then personalize it and get upset when people advise against it? Anybody who went, or wanted to go, or is planning on going again, so be it. They're free to do it and anybody else is free to advise against to other people who may ask about it.

5/12/2004 9:49:54 AM

David Reynolds
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/15/2004
  Looking back...I think it was clear that I didn't expect any conventions to be free. Where my complaints lie are in the fact that they had made it impossible to get ahold of them through their site, with any question that could actually quell any doubts people might have about their legitimacy. In a way...I see that as a way of them remaining untouchable except for sending money for the convention. After that...you may be able to get a contact name. One of my other complaints was only that they draw you in with an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Photography". I would love to have an award like that, but in my opinion it was not right to just pay for it. Everyone who paid for the coonvention got it...no one else. So...I assume that sending the money was the outstanding achievement. I don't see the professionalism in that. I personally have won over 50 awards through various competitions....and at most, I paid an entry fee that pays for the prizes given out. They weren't random drawings, or conventions. I had photographs chosen to hang in the Pentago...again after judging against other photos in a competition. And yes...they were hung there, as I went and saw them.
Again...I am not knocking those that attended that convention...but I couldn't, in good conscience, pay for a convention and accept an "Outstanding Achievement" award simply because I paid the money. That was my complaint. It's great you had a good time and would do it again, or for the first time..etc. But if I see someone's silver cup from the convention sitting on thier shelf at work or home...I will know how it was 'achieved'. I couldn't sell out just to get a cup.
As far as the 'feeding frenzy'....apparently that means it is a sore spot with alot of photographers. That must mean SOMEthing. Maybe it means that an award that is earned by judging just feels better. Again...just my opinion expressed in the form of free speech.

5/12/2004 3:20:33 PM

William T

member since: 2/12/2003
  Hi David, I totally agree with what you are saying. And those are exactly the reasons that prevented me from attending the convention. Why would I pay for my awards? I should get paid for my achievement and get rewarded. The organizer is more interested in making money out the attendees than appreciation to their photos. All of my photos I submitted were selected as Outstanding Achievement. Do I have to pay for every one of them in order to get the recognitions? No, I will NOT!

5/16/2004 9:29:21 PM

David Reynolds
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/15/2004
  But again...I don't see a problem for those that wish to do that. It's a difference of the end result I suppose. I have never paid to have mine recognized. And I never received an award until after they were judged and chosen. Now....those that attended the convention apparently were judged against each other and awards given. That's great. But not some of our ideas of how to do it.

5/17/2004 11:19:06 AM

Lisa Young

member since: 9/1/2001
  I didn't go to the D.C. Convention after being invited for two reasons, one I just got back from there a few days before the convention and two wasn't sure it was worth my time and money for something I knew everyone was getting invited to.

Later, after I didn't go I received a letter saying since I couldn't make it, I could still pay for my "trophy," if I wanted to. I don't remember the amount, but it wasn't like just paying shipping and handling, but actually probably the cost of the trophy plus shipping and handling and profit like around $200.

5/29/2004 10:32:59 PM

David Reynolds
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/15/2004
  ....and you didn't buy your award? :-) (good for you)

6/1/2004 9:10:05 AM

Lisa Young

member since: 9/1/2001
  Nope, would have paid up to $20 for shipping and handling, but not $200.

Though I do admit to buying the first book and it was nice for what it was.

6/1/2004 10:49:31 AM

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