A week or so ago, I came across this exchange on a photography forum:
Contributor #1: “… the biggest problem that can arise at club level is when the judge assesses the images at home on anything from a properly calibrated screen or projector to any old gear including lap tops and screens way past their prime. A number of times, I have heard a judge say “….this looks far better here than it did on my computer …but I’ve made my decision so I’ll stick to it.” Frustrating when some one has spent hours getting an image just right. For this reason my own club now only invites judges to carry out cold judging on the night. That way all the images are projected for judging on the club’s properly calibrated (sRGB) projector.”
Contributor #2: “So true.
I became so disillusioned with “competitions” and all of their associated politics, bias, and incompetence that these days the only competitions that I enter are the ones where customers vote with their dollars. …”
Two thoughts occurred to me:
1. How many club members have calibrated and profiled their monitor to standard colours? A straw poll: when you put in Projected Images for competitions do they:
(a) always look just like they were at home
(b) occasionally look like they did at home
(c) never look like they do at home.
If your answer is (c) do you expect them to be different? Why? or why not?
2. The second thought I had was prompted by the second contributor.
Are any of our members disillusioned with “competitions”? If so, why? What other activities could/should the club mount if we were to have fewer competitions?