What is a clinic?
The Saskatoon Camera Club holds Clinics to give the members a chance to select digital images to be critiqued by 2 Member Judges and one External Judge, and receive constructive feedback. Members are encouraged to post their own critique in the COMMENT section for each photo in the Clinic Gallery.
That is why the word “clinic” is used. The clinic provides a forum to have work evaluated for its strengths and weaknesses. The photographer is allowed to make changes based on any suggestions made, and submit an improved version to any future Club Competition. Entries are submitted on the dates designated in the Club Calendar. A critique session takes place the following week.
2023-2024 Clinic Topics
The clinic provides a forum to have work evaluated and have constructive comments made.
September 26, 2023: Colour Pop
Maker’s image should incorporate a vibrant colour, or colours, that are striking and command the viewer’s attention. Your image could incorporate selective colorization where one colour is prominent and the rest of the image is monochrome.
Submission limit: 2 digital images
November 28, 2023: Motion
Maker’s image could include Motion Blur or Stop Motion. For Motion Blur, add a slight blur of the action to help your image tell a story. Blur the background or the subject. For Stop Motion, showcase a dramatic moment by freezing the action.
Submission limit: 2 digital images
- The Letter e
Submissions: 1 digital image per topic (set of 5 images must be submitted)
Deadline: November 28, 2023
Minimal post-processing manipulation
How many photos can I submit?
You are allowed to enter a maximum of 2 digital images.
Your 2 entries can be Traditional (Color), or Monochrome, or Altered Reality. They both can be color, or both monochrome or both altered reality, or any combination of these three categories, your choice.
Digital Image Submissions
Image Preparation & Requirements
The Print and Slide/Digital Committees will interpret and apply these rules at each club competition and have the right to reject any entry not properly presented or labeled.
- Images must be submitted as JPEGs. Mac users must add .jpg or .jpeg extension.
Method of Submission
- Images can be uploaded via our Submissions Page no later than 10pm on the submission deadline date.
- Remember that only club members can submit to any club competitions.
Upload your submissions to our Submission Page
- We strongly recommend that you send us your full resolution photo.
- Images must be in the proper orientation for viewing when projected.
- Images do not have to have a 4:3 aspect ratio.
- We do not limit the file sizes when submitting
Minimum File Requirements for our Projector
- The optimal viewing area is 1280 x 800 (width x height) per image
- Vertical images have a minimum height of 800 pixels tall.
- Image submitted smaller than these resolutions will be shown at their submitted dimensions
How is your Photograph Critiqued?
The purpose of the clinic is to provide instruction through constructive critical comment and evaluation. Remember, it is not a competition, HOWEVER FOR LEARNING PURPOSES, THE PHOTOS WILL BE SCORED. Critiques are done in a general forum with one External Judge and 2 Judges who are Club Members. These Judges use the following criteria to critique the photos:
Members comment using 3 categories:
- Pictorial or Artistic Merit (IMPACT)
- Technical Skill
- Interpretation of Subject
Pictorial or Artistic Merit (IMPACT)
This is a measure of the SUCCESS of the COMPOSITION.
Factors include the “RULES OF COMPOSITION”:
- Rule of Thirds
- Tonal Range and Texture
- Pattern and Rhythm
- Lead-in Lines
Here you measure the skills of:
- Depth of Field
- Shutter Speed
- Mounting, spotting (prints)
Here you evaluate how well the photographer interpreted the topic photographically.
- Is the subject matter appropriate?
- Has it been chosen carefully?
- Has it been captured in an interesting way?
- Does the subject communicate itself clearly without distraction?
Note: a TITLE may or may not assist in this process. It is only one factor to be considered.
(some titles are merely labels, and are therefore neutral).