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    I'm entering a photo contest at school. One of the rules for digi pics states that pictures can't be modified on the computer, same as here. A further interpretation however stated that I could do anything in PS that could be done with film. I've never developed my own film, so I'm not quite sure how much of what I do in PS can be with film. My workflow is as follows........

    Level (not a big deal in a pic dealing with physics)
    Crop
    Levels
    Color Balance
    Curves or Brightness/Highlights (If needed)
    Resize
    USM

    I'm pretty sure most of this stuff can be done with film, but I just need clairification from people who've worked with film. Thanks

    And If you havn't guess I'm gonna enter an Aviation pic.....



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  • #2
    U cant do any of those things you mentioned on film except if you used a filter you could perhaps alter the tones of the image.

    Re-reading the question..

    Basically - you can do anything to the digital image as long as its re-producable on film.

    Which means you cant paste a 747 flying vertical beside an up-side-down A380, which means you cant perform USM (how do you sharpen a negative?), which means you cant add in specific effects that PS is so capable of (how do you create a spongy effect on film?)...
    Last edited by tsentsan; 2006-01-15, 13:57.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sluger020889
      Level (not a big deal in a pic dealing with physics)
      Crop
      Levels
      Color Balance
      Curves or Brightness/Highlights (If needed)
      Resize
      USM
      are you intending to do all this in PS?
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      • #4
        A further interpretation however stated that I could do anything in PS that could be done with film.
        Film alone? Or Film+Darkroom equipment (developing and printing yourself)

        - Leveling could be done in a darkroom by rotating the easel
        - Cropping by moving the enlarger down or moving the easel around
        - Colours could be done by adjusting the magenta/cyan/yellow on the enlarger (Can't fix things like you can in PS though, just slight casts..Maybe soneone who's spent their life in a darkroom could )
        - Resizing the entire picture can be done by moving the enlarger up and down
        - Brightness/Darkness could be adjusted by the time you expose the paper, how the film is developed..I've screwed up many rolls of B&W by leaving it in too long :/
        - Sharpening, your out of luck there...

        In the grade 10 photography class I took, there was a guy who loved double exposures and playing with the equipment. He would come out with some incredible (and strange) prints that (these days) you'd swear were photoshopped.

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        • #5
          Genessee you pretty much hit the nail on the head as I was reffering to Darkroom stuff, I don't think sharpness of an image is a big thing as I'm submitting this pic to retired physics teachers and not JP screeners.



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          • #6
            Surely it is the image that is being judged - not how it was produced?

            In the UK the organisations that 'run' photography (Royal Photograhpic Society & The Photographic Alliance of GB) make no distinction on digital / traditional methods of producing an image. The club I belong to is the same - on competitions or our own exhibition we do not have separate digital / traditional sections. You would need twice as many trophies for a start.

            Most of the effects you can obtain using PS (or whatever) can be done in the darkroom - some of the most impressive pictures produced by one of our members were done in the darkroom.

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            • #7
              If it is a digital pic we have to include the original file on a hard disk as well as an 8x10 print...



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