This past few months Guild members have been learning a great deal about their images through critiques--first there was the print competition college put on by Larry Adkins last month. The March meeting featured a panel of five judges who donated time to critique Guild member images according to the International Print Competition. Rick Avalos M.Photog, and IPC juror moderated the panel which included Colleen Graybil, M. Photog., CPP and Grand Imaging finalist, Jeff Johnson, M Photog, Cr, Doug Bennett, M.Photog Cr., and an IPC juror in training and Cliff Lawson, M. Photog. With 2 TV monitors and an overhead projector the crowded room was able to view and hear critiques on roughly 60 images during the evening.
"This is a fantastic way to learn not only about print competition but how to up the quality of your images," said Guild president Tim Skrastins. The Guild is working on changing the monthly print critique to something that more closely reflects IPC. Beginning in April Guild members will be able to submit their images electronically to a judge in another district for scoring as well as ordering an optional critique of their image. The images will be displayed at the meeting with the top three point winners announced. "This will help our members be that much more polished for the international print competition," said Skrastins.
Guild President Tim Skrastins announces the format of the Image Critique.
Judges Rick Avalos, Jeff Johnson, Colleen Graybill (standing) and Doug Bennett and Cliff Lawson (seated)
Lee Bernhardt and the 12 Elements of a merited image.