Digital Imaging Preparation

For members new to competition entry please get in touch with any problems.

Below are some of the many examples of Digital Image preparation videos available on the internet, some are specific to a particular camera club while others are just general guides. The new club competition standard is 1600×1200 but most of the guides will refer to the older lower standard of 1400×1050 or less, so you will have to substitute the new standard of 1600×1200.

For Stirling Camera club you should use the following settings

  • Maximum width  1600 pixels
  • Maximum height  1200 pixels
  • Mode RGB,  8bits
  • Srgb colour space  profile
  • Baseline (standard) jpeg
  • File size of aprox 2Mb or less
  • File name..  should have the image “Title” and your membership number 
  • Example……  Evening sunset 25.jpg

This is an older video, it is quick and precise but does not cover all aspects

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Ashford Photographic Society PDI preparation video using Lightroom

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Our own Eric Begbie’s Step by step resizing using Lightroom

  1. In the Library Module, highlight the image you want to export and click the “Export” button.
    2. In the File Naming Section, choose “Custom Name” from the drop-down menu and enter the filename that you want. For SDCC competitions this will be your photograph title followed by your membership number, e.g. Golden Sunset 113
  2. In the File Settings section (click the triangle to the left of “File Settings” if it isn’t already expanded), choose JPEG as the Format and sRGB as the colour space (which should be the default for JPEG already). Enter 2000 in the Limit File Size box to keep the file below 2MB.
    4. Then in the image sizing section, choose Resize to Fit: Width & Height – W: 1400 and H: 1050 pixels. This will resize your photo to fit within a box that’s 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high, which is what you want for the SDCC competitions. This will work whether your photo is in a landscape or portrait orientation. It will resample your photo to retain the same aspect ratio while decreasing the number of pixels overall to fit. Tick the “Don’t Enlarge” box. Ignore the “Resolution” box.

General resizing an Image by Karl Taylor, Lightroom, Photoshop and Picasa

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Beaumaris & Menai Bridge Camera Club Projected Digital Image (PDI) competitions.

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This is a bit long winded but covers some extra options and is Photoshop

Dundee Photographic Society preparation video using Photoshop

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Durham Photographic Society preparation using Bridge

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Trevor Dayley with his view on jpegs and Lightroom

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I have no short comment on his views

Lancaster Photographic Society Photoshop preparation

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Uses black borders, my experience was not so good

Another general Lightroom prep.

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Another General Photoshop prep

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The judge  will use a colour corrected computer to view your original untouched images and should be able to open any file that is not the correct specification.

Our projector, although several years old now is a high quality Canon SX 80 mark 11 and for the competitions we use the srgb USB connection which eliminates the need for a computer, however, if the file type is not right it will not project correctly or at all.

For this reason just before competition night each image is checked with a Photoshop action and any image file faults are corrected so the image will project.

Colour correction the club has a ColorMunki free to borrow

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There are so many photography videos on YouTube and other web sites that I will leave it up to you to find some good ones, let the rest of the club know and replace or add to the ones already here.