How To: Creating Labels for Print Submissions from the Competition Website

On the MWCC competition website:

Ensure that you are logged into the website by selecting login in the top right corner.  The login option is not displayed on this graphic. MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions2

Select Competitions, then select Submit Images to a Competition:

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This video in the Visual Pursuits Education Center provides instruction on submitting images to a competition:

Once you have your images uploaded, and you have the specific competition selected, go to the next step.

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Your images will be displayed with all the appropriate information you entered upon submission.

Select the Print Labels for Print Submissions button in the bottom left corner:

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Your labels will be displayed like such.  Select the printer icon on the upper right of the toolbar: MWCC Printing Image Labels for Print Competitions

The labels will print out accordingly, just cut them out and tape them to the back of your matted print.  As long as the label is located at the TOP of the back of the print, you should not need an arrow indicating the top of the image!!!

Adding Club Calendar Events to your Personal Calendar

The Club Calendar supports an interworking function called iCal. What that means in simple terms is that whenever we add a new event to our club calendar, it automatically gets mirrored into your own personal calendar and so you can see at a glance what we have planned. The iCal link is at the foot of the calendar page.

The actual way you will use this depends on what you use for your personal calendar, but here are some links and videos that hopefully will cover some of the more popular options out there.

Subscribe to public calendars using the calendar address

YouTube Videos:
How to: Import an ICS Calendar File to Google Calendar
Syncing a Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook
Subscribing to Google Calendar on an iOS device

Photography Composition Rules

Composition (visual arts)
Design Elements:
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Tone
  • Form
  • Space
  • Depth
Principles of Organization Affecting Composition:
  • Shape and proportion
  • Positioning/Orientation/Balance/Harmony among the elements
  • The area within the field of view used for the picture (“cropping”)
  • The path or direction followed by the viewer’s eye when they observe the image.
  • Negative space
  • Color
  • Contrast: the value, or degree of lightness and darkness, used within the picture.
  • Geometry: for example, use of the golden mean
  • Lines
  • Rhythm
  • Illumination or lighting
  • Repetition (Sometimes building into pattern; rhythm also comes into play, as does geometry)
  • Perspective
  • Breaking the rules can create tension or unease, yet it can add interest to the picture if used carefully
Compositional Techniques:
  • Rule of thirds
  • Rule of odds
  • Rule of space
  • Simplification
  • Limiting focus
  • Geometry and symmetry
  • Creating movement
Other Techniques:
  • There should be a center of interest or focus in the work, to prevent it becoming a pattern in itself;
  • The direction followed by the viewer’s eye should lead the viewer’s gaze around all elements in the work before leading out of the picture;
  • The subject should not be facing out of the image;
  • Exact bisections of the picture space should be avoided;
  • Small, high contrast, elements have as much impact as larger, duller elements;
  • The prominent subject should be off-center, unless a symmetrical or formal composition is desired, and can be balanced by smaller satellite elements
  • the horizon line should not divide the art work in two equal parts but be positioned to emphasize either the sky or ground; showing more sky if painting is of clouds, sun rise/set, and more ground if a landscape
  • These principles can be means of a good composition yet they cannot be applied separately but should act together to form a good composition.
  • Also, in your work no spaces between the objects should be the same. They should vary in shape and size. That creates a much more interesting image.
18 Composition Rules For Photos That Shine
  1. The rule of thirds
  2. The Golden Ratio
  3. Golden triangles and spirals
  4. Rule of Odds
  5. Leaving Space
  6. Fill the Frame
  7. Simplification
  8. Balance
  9. Lines
  10. Patterns
  11. Color
  12. Texture
  13. Symmetry
  14. Viewpoint
  15. Background
  16. Depth
  17. Framing
  18. Orientation
10 rules of photo composition (and why they work)
  1. Simplify the scene
  2. Fill the frame
  3. Aspect ratio
  4. Avoid the middle
  5. Leading lines
  6. Use diagonals
  7. Space to move
  8. Backgrounds
  9. Creative with colours
  10. Breaking the rules
10 Top Photography Composition Rules
  1. Rule of Thirds
  2. Balancing Elements
  3. Leading Lines
  4. Symmetry and Patterns
  5. Viewpoint
  6. Background
  7. Depth
  8. Framing
  9. Cropping
  10. Experimentation
Digital Photography Composition Tips
  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Working the Lines in Your Photography (how to use horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines)
  • Finding Fresh Angles to Shoot From
  • Photographing Children – Composition
  • Getting Horizons Horizontal
  • Getting Images Straight
  • Fill Your Frame
  • The Importance of Focal Points
  • Creating Active Space – Photographing Moving Subjects
  • Getting Backgrounds Right
  • Framing Your Shots
  • How to Use Converging Lines to Enhance Your Photography
  • 4 Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography
  • How to Break the ‘Rules’ of Photography
5 Easy Composition Guidelines
  1. The Rule of Thirds
  2. Where to place the horizon line
  3. Lean Into the Frame
  4. Leading lines
  5. Patterns & Textures
  6. Look Carefully
9 Top Photography Composition Rules You Need To Know
  1. Fill The Frame / Cropping
  2. Don’t Cut Off Limbs
  3. Understand The Rule Of Thirds
  4. Use Frames
  5. Make The Most Of Lead In Lines / Shapes
  6. Simplify – Know Your Focus
  7. Watch The Background
  8. Look For Symmetry/Patterns
  9. Create Depth

Nature Visions – Juried Images

Everyone who submitted images for Nature Visions should have received an email on 15 October advising them of the results of the judging. If you submitted images but didn’t receive an email, please contact Steve Heap as soon as possible.

Printed submissions, properly and firmly matted are due for collection at our club meeting on 6 November.


Old Club Newsletters Added

We had paper copies of the club newletters back to 1999, and have had a project to scan and upload them all to the club website both as a record and for general interest – it is fascinating to go back and look at some of those earlier issues.

We are pleased to report that all our club newsletters back to the summer of 1999 are now available as PDFs on the website in the archive area of the Newsletters section.

Hope you enjoy occasionally digging back into our history!

Nature Visions Digital Entry open until Sep 25th

Yes, that time has come round again – the opportunity to submit your best work to the Nature Visions Exhibit. It isn’t just nature – the “Fine Art” exhibition takes any type of image, including Abstract, and this year there are prizes in that competition as well.

Full details of the entry process can be found on the Nature Visions Site, but you can also download the digital guidance from this link to help you prepare your best shots for judging.

UPDATE – NOTE ABOUT TECHNIQUES:  There were some questions about the “legality” of using computer based techniques in the Nature exhibit. Basically the aim is that the Nature Exhibit is representational – abstract and other treatments that make it difficult to see what the image is a photograph of are more appropriate for the Fine Art Exhibit. Hence, focus stacking, stitching of images into a panorama, blending of different exposures or focus shots, natural HDR are all appropriate techniques for the Nature Exhibit, and, of course, the Fine Art one as well.

Any issues or questions, please contact me at  – and please don’t wait until the last minute to submit  your entries – try at least one upload early in the cycle to make sure everything is working!