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10/31/2002 03:01:38 AM · #1
I am a little confused about the contest rules. I see quite a few pics. That in my understanding of the rules would not qualify. Can someone explain if I am right or wrong.

I see photos where it's clear that more than one image was used to create the entry. Is it okay to apply images to a photo. Major post production work with imaging software. For example, making it look as if a car is in a glass bowl by stripping both images together.

I just signed up to theis group yesterday.

Beth
10/31/2002 03:35:42 AM · #2
Originally posted by bamvt:
I am a little confused about the contest rules. I see quite a few pics. That in my understanding of the rules would not qualify. Can someone explain if I am right or wrong.

I see photos where it's clear that more than one image was used to create the entry. Is it okay to apply images to a photo. Major post production work with imaging software. For example, making it look as if a car is in a glass bowl by stripping both images together.

I just signed up to theis group yesterday.

Beth



I suspect that in the photos you refer to there has been no illegal postprocessing of the final image but that the following has happened: a photo of an item has been taken, manipulated in a postprocessing package to the photographer's heart's content and then printed and cut out to shape. This image has then been physically used as just one prop amongst others and a new photograph has been taken. The new photograph is the one that is entered (without any illegal editting necessary).
10/31/2002 03:35:58 AM · #3
Hi Beth,

Your understanding of the rules is correct - it's not OK to apply images to a photo (major post production work with imaging software) although postproduction changes to the whole image (levels, saturation, etc. are allowed). I believe multiple exposures are OK, though.

But the tricky thing is that a lot of talented people on this site can use very careful planning to produce effects right out of the camera that look like there must have been some manipulation involved, or can come up with clever ways of using changes to the whole image to produce very striking postproduction effects.

The way that the rules are enforced is that if anyone sees a photo that they think has (or may have) broken the rules then they can click on the "Recommend disqualification for this photo" button. The selfless peopl who run this site then contact the photographer and ask for the original unedited straight-out-of-camera file (with all the EXIF information intact) and a detailed breakdown of exactly what was done wih the image. If they can't reproduce the effect within the rules then the photo is disqualified; if they CAN then they post a note on the photo to tell everyone it's been checked out.

One of the benefits of dpchallenge not allowing spot editing of photos is that people come up with tremendously creative ways of creating images without using post processing - check out the How'd they do that? section for details of some of these images. So it may well be that the photos you're thinking of were obtained this way.

* This message has been edited by the author on 10/31/2002 3:33:59 AM.
10/31/2002 11:27:21 AM · #4
I went back to look at the photos I questioned and realized just how talented these folks are. There were no infringments on the rules. It was mearly a clever illusion. I applaud thoses masters who fooled my eye.
I hope I get to be just as good.
Beth
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