A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY WPJA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Ben Chrisman, California
The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) - Wedding Photographers
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Eric Lagstein, New JerseyCarlo Carletti, Italy
Wedding Photojournalism - Capturing the Real Moment Forever.

THE Q3 '08 WPJA CONTEST IS NOW OPEN FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS

WPJA Q3 08 Photo Contest

The deadline for the current Q3 '08 photo contest is Friday, October 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST. We've made some exciting new changes to both the cash and sponsor prizes. Read below for more information.

Also, please keep in mind that the contest credit system is manually operated so there will be a short delay between paying for contest credits and having them added to your account.



CASH PRIZE PAYOUT INCREASED!

The cash prizes (USD) for each of the top three winners from each category have increased:

$400 - FIRST PLACE
$200 - SECOND PLACE
$100 - THIRD PLACE


Log in to the WPJA Member Login section of the site today to see all of the prizes offered for this contest.

 

Q3 '08 CONTEST SPONSORS

The WPJA proudly presents our Q3 '08 contest sponsors. Through this sponsorship, the WPJA has teamed up with Adobe and liveBooks who have agreed to support our quarterly contest.

Adobe sponsors WPJA wedding photography contest

For the FIRST PLACE WINNERS in each of the 12 categories in the Q3 '08 contest, Adobe is offering a software bundle consisting of Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Lightroom 2.

The Adobe® Photoshop® family of products is the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images and transforming them into anything you can imagine.

Together, Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2 provide a complete software solution for importing, processing, managing, and showcasing your images, as well as pixel-level editing and composting.

Adobe Photoshop CS4

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS4

Put Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 software in your hands and see what you can create. The new Adjustment panel and Masks panel give you more intuitive access to unrivaled editing power. Experiment freely with nondestructive adjustments. Explore your creativity by compositing images, text, and graphics. And work at peak efficiency in a streamlined, flexible work environment. With accelerated graphics handling, precise color correction, efficient image management, and powerful raw image processing, you can do more, faster than ever before. More Photoshop CS4 Info

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the highly anticipated, new editions of the professional industry standard software for digital imaging. Providing a fluid user experience, complete creative control and higher efficiency, Photoshop CS4 leverages the power of the latest hardware to extend imaging possibilities and offer faster, more flexible ways to accomplish core tasks like image adjustments and masks. All of these features and more can be found in Photoshop CS4 Extended, which serves users with advanced motion graphics functions, dramatically expanded 3D visualization capabilities and precise image analysis.

Photoshop CS4 software now makes impossible tasks, possible. Content-Aware Scaling adds a revolutionary technology that enables users to intelligently size and scale images with a simple drag of the mouse. New Auto-align and Auto-blend modes generate composites based on extended depth of field and 360 degree panoramas now with seamless tones and colors.

Finding, previewing and managing image assets jumps to a new level of power and convenience with Adobe Bridge CS4, beginning with fast start-up performance, right through to speedy transfer of images to Photoshop CS4. New path-bar navigation and workspace selection buttons across the top of the Bridge window let you instantly go to just the right display for every task. Also included are new Camera Import controls, visual folder navigation, and a Carousel View for larger image-group selections.

Photoshop CS4 takes advantage of the latest graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware to deliver superior performance. The software offers a smooth pan and zoom experience that allows users to easily edit images at the highest magnification while maintaining clarity. The new Canvas Rotation tool makes it simple to rotate and work on an image from any angle. Photoshop CS4 helps keep work areas clutter-free with a new unified application frame, tab-based interface and self-adjusting panels that make it easy to quickly access advanced tools, and provide a more fluid way to interact with the application.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended for Mac OS X on Intel® based and PowerPC® based systems and for Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista® platform are scheduled to ship October 2008. Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS4 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS4 Extended. Upgrade pricing is available. For more detailed information, please visit the Photoshop family of Adobe products.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 2

Import, manage, process, and showcase your photographs — from one shot to an entire shoot — with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 software. Master your workflow with powerful sorting, selecting, and organizing tools. Target specific areas of your photos for precise adjustments, or enhance overall color, exposure, and tonal range nondestructively on more than 190 camera raw file formats, as well as JPEG, TIFF, and PSD. Then present your images in dynamic slide shows and interactive web galleries, or use flexible templates to create prints. More Photoshop Lightroom 2 Info


liveBooks sponsors WPJA wedding photography contest

For the FIRST PLACE WINNERS in each of the 12 categories in the Q3 '08 contest, liveBooks has generously agreed to offer an $800 credit / discount off the cost of a liveBooks Professional website.

A liveBooks photography website gets you:

  • A unique customized website designed by their in-house designers
  • Drag-and-drop online tools that empower you to sequence and re-sequence your portfolios whenever you want
  • Business minded tools such as world-class search functionality, to help you increase your exposure while enhancing your interactions with clients
  • A partner in your success with free web and phone support
A photography website by liveBooks will show the world your unique talent and help you grow your business better than any other solution.

 

Q3 '08 CONTEST CATEGORIES


01. BRIDE GETTING READY
“Bride Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.

02. GROOM GETTING READY
“Groom Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.

03. CEREMONY
“Ceremony” shots catch guests and participants throughout pre-ceremony, vow-exchange, and receiving line activity.

04. RECEPTION
“Reception” photographs document festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.

05. DETAILS (FOUND)
“Details (Found)” encompasses tighter shots of the day's small slices AS THEY WERE FOUND.
NOTE: This category is NOT for set-up detail shots. It's important that images submitted in this category don't contain content controlled by the photographer.

06. DANCING
Photos submitted into “Dancing” will display the varied emotions that take place on a wedding reception dance floor. Anything from the reception dance floor that illustrates the mood of a particular moment (from the first dance to the end of the party).

07. EMOTION
“Emotion” entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.

08. LIT PORTRAIT
“Lit Portait” contains images that use creative lighting techniques in capturing portraits of the bride, groom, bridal party, friends, children and/or other posed wedding party member. The key here is creativity in the use of off-camera flashes and strobes.

09. TRANSPORTATION
“Transportation” images include brides in limos or carriages, bridal parties en route to the ceremony or reception, trolley rides, antique cars, buses and other transporting themes.

10. SCENE SETTERS
“Scene Setters” provide the essence of the story through one image. Such photographs are derived when the photographer steps back and takes it all in.

11. CAKE CUTTING
Any and all activities involving cutting the wedding cake. Submissions should demonstrate the photographer's ability to anticipate and look beyond ordinary 'Cake' images.

12. SILHOUETTES AND SHADOWS
“Silhouettes and Shadows” entries include candid images which contrast light and darkness and can be the result of natural and/or artificial lighting.

 

Q3 '08 CONTEST DEADLINE

Friday, October 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST. For your convenience, there is a contest deadline countdown clock located at the top right corner of all the contest-related pages on the site.

 

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FROM OUR TOP 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 2007:

Photographer - Top Left
2007 POY: Ben Chrisman
Photographer - Top Middle
1st Runner-Up: Eric Lagstein
Photographer - Top Right
2nd Runner-Up: Carlo Carletti