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Photography

March 6, 2019

Photography

Manuals:

Level 1  Focus on Photography : Grades 3 through 5

Level 2  Controlling the Image: Grades 6 through 8

Level 3  Mastering Photography: Grades 9 through 12

General Rules

1. Complete a 4-H Photography Record Sheet 4-H 621 W each year.

2. Complete the Planning Section in your 4-H Project Book and Photo Journal (steps 1 – 4, pages 4 – 7) as follows:     

          Step 1 – Do three (3) activities in the “Project Areas and Activities”, each from a different chapter.     

          Step 2 & 3 – Do one (1) of the items in either step 2 OR 3 (not both). An item can be repeated in different years.     

          Step 4 – This is optional and can be completed at any time in 4-H career Remember you do not need to do all of the activities in one year. The Project Book and Photo Journal are designed to be used over 3 – 4 years

3. Place your completed 4-H Photography Record Sheet with your 4-H Project Book and Photo Journal. Have your 4-H Leader review and issue you a completion certificate by the July 1 deadline. (Watch the 4-H Newsletter or check with your leader for details.) Turn this in with the rest of your records and manuals during the Fair.

4. Youth may exhibit multiple entries in their photography age level. However, youth may only enter one exhibit in each category (i.e. Black & White Prints; Color Prints, etc.)

5. All images are to be original images taken by the 4-H member.

6. Photos must have been taken since the last project entry date of the county fair.

7. All poster exhibits are to be mounted on a background board 22” x 28”, displayed horizontally, mounted on stiff backing (foam board, corrugated board, thin paneling, thin luan board – keep it thin and light) and covered with plastic.

8. Place standard identification label in the lower right hand corner on posterboards and salon prints. Place your identification label on your board and under your plastic if at all possible. Leave your county ID tag on the exhibit and place the state fair tag over it for those selected as State Fair Entry.

9. Number photo prints on your print boards 1 to 10.

10. Captions under your photographs are not recommended nor are fluorescent posters.

11. Salon prints are one print, either Black & White or Color, printed horizontally or vertically. The print must be mounted on a standard 16” x 20” salon mount, displayed vertically and covered with plastic.

12. Sepia tone photographs (mono chromatic) are entered under the Black and White classes.

13. Digital Photography Guidelines  

          A. All images are to be original images taken by the 4-H member. Photography   exhibits are to be taken by the 4-H members between county project check-in to the next year county project check-in date.  

          B. Creative/Experimental print sizes must meet the size requirements of your chosen   exhibit. It is recommended that the digital image be printed on photographic paper or very high quality copier paper. The paper quality will help in clarity and sharpness.

          C. If a photograph is taken with a digital camera is just a straight forward photograph   with no changes or augmentation, then it would be the same as one for the regular   print board or salon print classes. To succeed as a digital image (as a separate   classification) something more should be done to the photographic image.  

          D. DIGITAL VS. FILM – Anything that can be done in a dark room, on an enlarger, can be done on a computer, i.e. cropping, color correction, parallax, etc. If   an image is digitally altered beyond what can be done on the enlarger, i.e. adding   different background, removing building or people, adding text, hand-coloring, etc. it should be entered in the “Creative/Experimental” Class. We realize this will be   difficult to enforce. We ask your cooperation. We also realize the person with the   expensive digital camera and high powered computer has some advantages. By   the same token the person with the expensive large format film camera that takes   his processing to a custom lab has many advantages over the person with the   inexpensive 35mm camera doing their processing at the local retail store.

14.  Salon Print Guidelines  

          A. Current 4-H rules governing Salon Prints call for a photograph no smaller than   7” x 9”, nor larger than 11” x 14”, printed horizontally or vertically, mounted on a   standard 16” x 20” salon mount, displayed VERTICALLY and covered with   plastic. No title recommended. The board should be good quality matte board with   a stiffener applied to the backside. A “stiffener” would add stiffness to the matte   board (i.e. another piece of matte board or stiff cardboard attached).  

          B. The photo may be either surface mounted (applied to the front of the board with   adhesive or dry mount tissue) or “window matted”. A window mount has an   opening cut in the matte board with the photo placed behind it. (The photo is actually mounted to the backing board.) This is the preferred method, but a well   done surface mount will work just as well.  

          C. It is not necessary to “frame” the salon print. Some people buy frames with   Plexiglass to submit their salon prints. Salon prints do not require frames of any   kind. When photos are hung in galleries (salons) many are hung with just the matte   board. A salon print is by definition a finished display and the backing should be   better than the regular ten photo displays. It is best to simply shrink-wrap the board   for judging. You may also just cover the salon in a nice clear plastic.

15. Mounting and Labeling Tips:  

          A.   The mounting may be of any color or texture. The pictures are to be neatly and   securely mounted. Dry mounting tissue is the best.  

          B. Salon mounts are available in most photo and art supply stores. They are available   either in plain or with a cutout of the picture area. You may make your own. Matting is not required.  

          C. Label each exhibit with either a county designated size exhibit label or 2” x 4” label   stating 4-H’ers name, club, township, grade level, and exhibit level / division. It is   recommended that this identification label be placed in the lower right hand corner   of your poster board or salon print. If you do not put the name tag under the plastic, please mark the back side of exhibit with your name, address, and county.

16. Age Levels

Level 1: Grades 3 through 5

You choose either type of prints to exhibit and choose to perfect your skills in either or both. You are encouraged to try your hand at both types of film for a broader learning experience.

1. Black & White Prints*

2. Color Prints*

 

Level 2 - Grades 6 - 8

You may choose from the list below:

1. Black & White Prints*

2. Color Prints*

3. Color Salon Print*

4. Black & White Salon Print*

5. Creative/Experimental – Black & White or Color Salon Print*

 

Level 3 - Grades 9 & above

You may choose from the list below:

1. Black & White Prints*

2. Color Prints*

3. Color Salon Print*

4. Black & White Salon Print*

5. Creative/Experimental – Black & White or Color Salon Print*

*designates a State Fair entry possibility. Counties may send two entries from Beginner   Division, four entries from Intermediate Division, and four entries from Advanced Division    for a total of ten exhibits. Being selected category winner may not mean that you will be   an automatic State Fair entry. The judge(s) will need to choose the best from each level.

 

Level 1 – Grades 3 - 5

BLACK & WHITE PRINTS: "Capturing Memories"

EXHIBIT:  10 black & white pictures, none of which is larger than 4"x 6", nor smaller than 3 /12" x 5", any subject, mounted on a background board 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, on stiff backing covered with plastic. The poster must carry the title "Capturing Memories". It is recommended that you use and exhibit standard processing size. See mounting and labeling instructions. Your prints may be a mix of digital and/or standard development.

COLOR PRINTS:  "Experiences in Color"

EXHIBIT:  10 color pictures, none of which is larger than 4"x 6", nor smaller than 3 /12" x 5", any subject, mounted on a background board 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, on stiff backing covered with plastic. The poster must carry the title "Experiences in Color". It is recommended that you use and exhibit standard processing size. See mounting and labeling instructions. Your prints may be a mix of digital and/or standard development.

 

Level 2 – Grades 6 - 8

BLACK & WHITE PRINTS: "Photography is Fun"

EXHIBIT:  10 black & white pictures, none of which is larger than 5" x 7", nor smaller than 2" x 3 1/2", mounted on a background board 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, with stiff backing and covered with plastic. The poster must carry the title "Photography is Fun". See mounting and labeling instruction section. Your prints may be a mixture of digital and/or standard development.

COLOR PRINTS: "Adventures in Color"

EXHIBIT:  10 color pictures, none of which is larger than 5" x 7", nor smaller than 2" x 3 1/2", mounted on a background board 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, with stiff backing and covered with plastic. The poster must carry the title "Adventures in Color". See mounting and labeling instruction section. Your prints may be a mixture of digital and/or standard development.

COLOR SALON PRINT:

EXHIBIT:  One color print no smaller than 7" x 9" nor larger than 11" x 14", printed horizontally or vertically, mounted on a standard 16" x 20" salon mount, displayed VERTICALLY and covered with plastic. No title recommended.

BLACK & WHITE SALON PRINT:

EXHIBIT:  One black & white print no smaller than 7" x 9" nor larger than 11" x 14", printed horizontally or vertically, mounted on a standard 16" x 20" salon mount, displayed VERTICALLY and covered with plastic. No title recommended.

CREATIVE / EXPERIMENTAL SALON PRINT

Any modified image may be exhibited as creative/experimental.

EXHIBIT:  Any modified image may be exhibited as creative/experimental. One black and white and/or one color print no smaller than 7” x 9” nor larger than 11” x 14”, printed horizontally or vertically, mounted on a standard 16” x 20” salon mount, displayed VERTICALLY and covered with plastic. No title recommended. MUST include original photograph(s) on the back of the board and attach a listing of steps and / or procedures used to create the end product. See additional notes regarding digital photography under “General Photography Rules”.

 

Level 3 – Grades 9 - 12

BLACK & WHITE PRINTS:

EXHIBIT:  10 black & white pictures, none of which is larger than 8" x 10" nor smaller than 2" x 3 1/2", mounted on a background board 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, with stiff backing and covered with plastic. The poster must carry a title; use your own creativity. See mounting and labeling instructions section. Your prints may be a mix of digital and/or standard development.

COLOR PRINTS: 

EXHIBIT:  10 color pictures, none of which is larger than 8" x 10" nor smaller than 2" x 3 1/2", mounted on a background board 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, with stiff backing and covered with plastic. The poster must carry a title; use your own creativity. See mounting and labeling instructions section. Your prints may be a mix of digital and/or standard development.

COLOR SALON PRINT:

EXHIBIT:  One color print no smaller than 7" x 9" nor larger than 11" x 14", printed horizontally or vertically from any size negative, mounted on a standard 16" x 20" salon mount, displayed VERTICALLY and covered with plastic. No title recommended.

BLACK & WHITE SALON PRINT:

EXHIBIT:  One black & white print no smaller than 7" x 9" nor larger than 11" x 14", printed horizontally or vertically, mounted on a standard 16" x 20" salon mount, displayed VERTICALLY and covered with plastic. No title recommended.

CREATIVE / EXPERIMENTAL SALON PRINT

Any modified image may be exhibited as creative/experimental

EXHIBIT:  Any modified image may be exhibited as creative/experimental. One print, Black & White; color; or a combination of both, no smaller than 7” x 9” nor larger than 11” x 14”, printed horizontally or vertically, mounted on a standard 16” x 20” salon mount, displayed VERTICALLY and covered with plastic. No title recommended. MUST include original photograph(s) on the back of the board and attach a listing of steps and / or procedures used to create the end product.  See additional notes regarding digital photography under “General Photography Rules”.

 

 

For more information, visit the Photography Project Page of the Indiana State 4-H Website.

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