[quote="skyangel":2zom5t0e] May I ask why ?[/quote:2zom5t0e]
Guess you want an answer also...
Neither the drawing and 3D contests had a lot of entries at the ending. With the restart we wanted to concentrate on photography an Photoshop contests, since they where the most popular and we as a community are best at them.
Impressive! How do you record their life without letting them know.
A symbol of eagle image on the video (eagle [url=http://www.video-watermark.com/:sodoi12e]video watermark[/url:sodoi12e]) will brand the video more meaningful.
Oh, my. I can't even get the gist of the photo. And as the most expensive photo, there are no [url=http://www.watermark-software.com/how-to-add-signature-to-picture.html:1vja6068]photo signature[/url:1vja6068] on it is another surprise. What if others steal the photo?
[quote="CMYK46":2dng7ici]Entered some random searches and found a preponderance of scanned illustrations and a dearth of photos. Interesting site, though.[/quote:2dng7ici]
Try using this tool and scanning by collection... I was able to locate literally thousands of old photos in a few minutes and it is easy to browse by just mousing over it. Search by Genre and there is a section titled photographs with about 6500 photos...all public domain
As a mod I can tell that there's hardly image bought to use in our contests. Yes it happens but very rarely.
Personally I never buy images but to me that's a personal choice, I've seen entries with paid sources which where not worth the money spend on. It's like in photography: it's not the camera which makes the final result, it's the person behind it.
Okay, here goes. Even though this subject has been brought up previously, as Spaceranger mentioned, (He has posted older links) I'd like to thank Irse for bringing it up again. It's important for ALL members, not just newbies. And as mentioned, the following criteria are absolutely essential to consider when evaluating an entry:
• Masking issues - edges left around component sources or sections that should have been masked and weren't.
• Shadows - absence of or inappropriate direction or strength.
• Lighting\Levels - mismatched levels or light sources of components.
• Blending techniques & Filters - Inappropriate use of such that it overwhelms or becomes the focal point of the piece.
I'd like to add some thoughts to these. Masking: edges that are too sharp, jagged, or pixelated = lower vote.
Shadows: I'd add wrong opacity to that list.
Lighting/Levels: Light sources are usually simple to determine when choosing images. Many members pay little or no attention to this when making a composite. Lower vote.
Other things I take into consideration when voting, in no particular order: SBS. A step-by-step guide isn't mandatory, but I agree with Spaceranger that a good one is the best way to demonstrate the work that went into your entry. Looking at a good SBS over the years has certainly helped sharpen my skills, and I usually try to include at least a rudimentary one in my entries where I think it might be useful.
Composition: A good idea expressed in a poor composition won't get a lot of points from me.
Mood: Whether by color, lighting, good choice of subject matter, or all three, a well done moody piece can be impressive.
Humor: Tasteful humor is a joy to see. Crude, not so much.
Use of source: Obviously a creative use of the source will get a better vote than just slapping on some filters or overlaying other images. And here we come to CBR. Entries that are Chopped Beyond Recognition. Using Warp and Liquify to create something that bears no visible relation to the source gets a WOW vote from lots of members. I just scratch my head. To me it's being clever, not necessarily creative, and is a questionable use of the source because an identical recreation could be made with some other source. Some people love it, others share my opinion.
Lastly, and purely subjective, how does the entry make me feel? Is it the same old tired stuff I've seen a million times? Does it make me think? Does it make me say "Wow, I wish I had thought of that?" Does it uplift or disgust me? Is it so good I go back to view it just for fun?
I may have overlooked a few things, but to me all these things are important and I vote accordingly.
Well we will wait and see if anything can be done.Strange part is when I originally tried to log on as Glockman I was told that that email was taken and it would not let me use Glockman with that email address, but when I signed in as Glockman 2 I used that same address and it went through ?? Weird.