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This image displays emotion and love between the father and baby.   Nice composition.  The monochrome adds to the emotional aspect

 

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Nice composition using the rule of thirds. Photographer also used an odd number of glasses that added to the composition.  I would have preferred to see ALL three glasses.  One of them is cut off the frame.

 

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Perfect silhouette of the girl and boy, with a lovely yellow sky. The girl’s hand on her dress adds interest to the composition.  I think it could be improved if the boy were facing more towards the girl.

 

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Nice angle of the bird with his head tucked in.   Composition could be improved by leaving a little bit more room at the tail.  White birds are a challenge for exposure.  Always check your histogram for over exposed highlights which cause loss of detail.

 

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Nicely composed stamen of a flower with the angle.   The soft focus adds to the drama, but appears to be a bit too soft.  I little more detail would have worked out better.

 

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Very cute expressions on the child. Photo is well composed with child looking slightly over his shoulder and right into the camera.  This could be improved if it had been possible not to include the writing on the car seat.

 

FIRST PLACE

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Two sets of feet and one starfish.  Very creative and unique composition.  This photographer had a vision that goes beyond what most people see in a scene.  He/she picked out the most interesting aspect and photographed only that

 

About the Judge

Sandy Kwas
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With an eye for color and an insight into nature’s secrets, Sandy captures scenic southwest landscapes, windblown seashores and woodland floral bouquets with her photographic talents.
Sandy studied photography at Lakeshore Technical College, working in both black and white and color. She has attended several workshops in Door County at the Peninsula Art Studio, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with John and Barbara Gerlach, with Hank Erdmann and in Phoenix with ArizonaHighways Magazine and Arizona Camera Club Council.
A longtime member of the Sheboygan Camera Club, Sandy has won numerous monthly awards and annual competitions. In 2003 she taught a beginning photography course at the Sheboygan YMCA as well as doing the photography for the Y brochures. She is honored to be selected to judge the 2010 Sheboygan Camera Club annual competition.
Sandy and her husband are now retired and enjoy hiking and traveling to the Southwest, always on the lookout for the perfect photo-op. She is President of the Saguaro Camera Club of Mesa, AZ, and has won many top honors in their monthly competitions in addition to several Honorable Mentions at the Arizona Camera Club Council.
She teaches Photography and Photoshop classes at a local resort, organized the formation of a Camera Club, acts as coordinator for photo excursions, and coordinates the annual Photography Contests. She sells her line of “Southwest Images” at local art fairs.

 

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Ezine Articles Expert Author

Mary Buck, EzineArticles Platinum Author Ezine Articles Expert AuthorCheck out my articles on the Ezine website.  I have fifteen articles that are all related to photography or the business of photography.  For my contribution I received the “Expert Author” status and a coffee cup!

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Local Photographer Earns Craftsman Degree

Mary Buck of Lightscapes Photographic Artwork was recognized for helping advance education and move the photography industry forward.

 Mary Buck of Lightscapes Photographic Artwork in Duluth GA has earned the photographic craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Mary by PPA president Ralph J. Romaguera, Sr., M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP, at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 12-14, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.

 This degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Mary has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She has been awarded the photographic craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.00340Buck _Mary L001 Local Photographer Earns Craftsman Degree

About PPA

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists close to 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.

Mary Buck’s degree—and all the expertise it requires—illustrates her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

 

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How to Start a Photography Business

This section of the website, Going Pro, is dedicated to helping you plan, launch, and grow your own photography business. If you’re serious about turning a portrait photography hobby into a career, you will find all the resources you need to succeed in this section.  You can begin by browsing the pages listed under the Photography Business Scene section. The first, most important page to read is how to develop a niche. From there you can read many of the other articles and also see if you would like to invest in some training. We offer training on pricing and sales, which are the most important parts of operating your own business.  I have also written an article on ten tops tips for starting a photography business.

Here are just a few of the topics that are covered in the Photography Business Scene:

  • Fundamentals of operating a business (whether it is in your home or a dedicated retail space)
  • How to diversify in a tough economy
  • The importance of the selling process and how you can apply lessons from human psychology
  • A wide variety of business models to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

At this point you may be asking yourself, “Photography equipment, trends, technology, and styles change every year. What good will this material do me?” The truth is that there are elements of business that never go out of style, no matter how much photography changes. Mastering these fundamentals is the key to successfully starting, running, and growing your very own photography business.

Read what a former student had to say:

My wife bought me one of your classes last year. I found it very informative. We had talked about how I had been doing sports photography for some years but that I was giving away all my shots to the parents on my sons teams. You encouraged me to stop doing that and start my own company. Well I did that not long after the class. Jackson Taylor Photography. I only do it part time but it has really taken off over the last several months. So much so I have had to turn some work away. Should you have any students in your class be interested in that type of photography please send them my way. I hate having to turn potential customers away.Thanks again for motivating me to start my business.”

Michael Flagg

Mary Buck, EzineArticles Platinum Author How to Start a Photography BusinessI am an expert author with Ezine Articles.  Click on the photo to read my articles relating to photography and the business of photography. I have about fifteen of them.

 

 

 

 

 

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