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11/04/2005 09:10:39 PM · #1
Are camera settings required for challenge submissions? and if not why not?
11/04/2005 09:21:27 PM · #2
Originally posted by azoychka:

Are camera settings required for challenge submissions? and if not why not?


In a sense it is, because you need to submit an image with intact, unaltered EXIF data.
11/04/2005 09:23:00 PM · #3
The only settings and info from your camera that is required are:
1. It must record EXIF data and the 300D does.
2. Your time/date must be set correctly to avoid possible DQ.
3. Any thing that is achievable within the camera is ok including settings.

SC can give you more accurate information.
11/04/2005 09:24:17 PM · #4
Do the boxes for settings (for submissions)......shutter, apeture iso, only there as a suggestion or do they have to be filled?
11/04/2005 09:25:40 PM · #5
They can be filled with any information you choose to include, be it correct or incorrect, but the true settings are embedded into the EXIF data and that's what counts.
11/04/2005 09:27:19 PM · #6
I like the idea of them being required. As a learning site it is nice to know what settings were used for a particular situation. I think I would like lens too. :-)
11/04/2005 09:31:02 PM · #7
As a habit I usually do when I submit a photo. Or, I'll back fill it in after the challenge starts. I agree the information is very useful.

I think a nice feature that could be added to this website is automatic EXIF data extraction upon uploading the file, thus obviating the need to manually fill in the settings.
11/04/2005 09:33:15 PM · #8
Great idea!
11/04/2005 09:43:43 PM · #9
Originally posted by snackwells:

I think a nice feature that could be added to this website is automatic EXIF data extraction upon uploading the file, thus obviating the need to manually fill in the settings.

The file that gets uploaded normally doesn't have the EXIF data in it. By the time it's been through PS and resized/saved the EXIF data has been stripped out.

The EXIF is present in the original, out-of-the-camera file. Which is usually quite large. So for the site to extract the EXIF would mean uploading the original as well as the submission. Which could cause bandwidth / storage issues.
11/04/2005 09:45:13 PM · #10
and I would assume no one wants to check that information for every photo submitted?
11/04/2005 09:49:44 PM · #11
Originally posted by azoychka:

and I would assume no one wants to check that information for every photo submitted?

The SC usually checks the EXIF info for the winning entries (when they are asked to submit the original), and for any entries for which there has been a validation request.

For all the other entries, the 'settings info' is optional. It only takes a few seconds to fill in the shutter speed / aperture / ISO, but the accuracy of this info depends on people either remembering the settings or going back to read their original EXIF. And some people just don't bother.
11/04/2005 10:00:27 PM · #12
I usually just put in close to what it was (at least the ISO). I don't think I have any way to check what ISO was used once the photo is on my computer -- I know Photoshop CS can't retrieve it...I believe the Nikon software can, but I think I installed it and it expired after 45 days so I deleted it.
11/04/2005 10:02:27 PM · #13
Originally posted by deapee:

I don't think I have any way to check what ISO was used once the photo is on my computer -- I know Photoshop CS can't retrieve it...

I go into File Browser in Photoshop CS, select the file, and in the 'metadata' window on the bottom left it displays all the EXIF data.
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