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Digital Section
Permissible Processing for Digital Images

Sandton Photographic Society follows the PSSA guidelines for digital photography, and are summarised on this page.  Digital photography is new to many of us, so please feel free to speak to committee members and other club members about digital photography if you need to know more.

1. Post Camera Processing

Here are the "rules" regarding permissible post-processing of digital images.  Since there are very few practical measures that can be applied to verify whether an image was changed, it is left to the photographer and his own integrity and conscience to abide by the rules.

To educate the club, judges should point out when the rules might have been violated, but the photographer should only be marked down if it is without a doubt.

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One and Two Star:
CATEGORY
CODE
TYPE OF DIGITAL PROCESSING ALLOWED

Nature
nat
Restricted

Pictorial
pic
Pictorial
Two Star Upwards:
Macro/Close-up
mac
Pictorial

Pictorial
pic
Pictorial

Portraiture
por
Pictorial

Scapes
sca
Pictorial

Botanical
bot
Restricted

Photojournalism
pho
Restricted

Sport
spo
Restricted

Zoological
zoo
Restricted

Altered Reality
alt
Altered Reality

Pictorial – The image may be adjusted, enhanced and items may be added or removed for pictorial effect.
Restricted – Only permissible processing is allowed.  Items may not be added nor removed from the picture.  The image should not misrepresent reality and must look natural.
Altered Reality – The image may be manipulated to create an unnatural/manipulated look.

The image must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone but the photographer.

Restricted
Only permissible processing is allowed.  Items may not be added or removed from the picture.  The image should not misrepresent reality.

Pictorial
Items may be added or removed for pictorial effect.  The image should still look natural.

Altered Reality
The image can be manipulated to create an unnatural/manipulated look.

2. Working with Digital Images

It is important to have your computer monitor properly calibrated and to have your images stored in the appropriate "colour space".  This will ensure that when the images are displayed at the club they look the same as they do on your own computer.

Calibrating the Monitor

Either a good quality CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitor or an LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor will do well.

If you have Adobe Photoshop run "Adobe Gamma"’ (for Windows users this is accessed from the Control Panel).  Follow the instructions.  When requested select a gamma of 2.2 (or 1.8 for a MAC) and a white point of 6500.  There are other software and hardware packages that can also be used to calibrate the monitor.

Colour Space

3. Submitting Images for Club Night.