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I don't know how we could do this but I imagine we will need help from a mod.
I'd like to supply one shot of a specific size (large file) and have everyone edit it for content to demonstrate artistic abilities or "an eye" for content.
No holds barred but final image size cannot be any larger than 290 pixels wide.
Can a mod help us set this up? I have a specific photo in mind which I had one heck of a time editing and would love to see if anyone else can do better.
We would have to keep a log of what steps were taken in Photoshop to get the final result. Maybe we can all learn something here?
Why must it be 'limited' to Photoshop?
Just so we are all working with the same tools. Apples to apples sort of thing. Its the best way to determine how much is talent and how much is the photo itself.
However, if you want to use something else which clearly gets better results ... go for it! But you must divulge the tool used.
I am warm to the idea, but let me consider this and run it by legal next week.
There is a strong previous history to this that we have to consider. We tried this in 2000 and flopped badly when several of the photos turned out to be copyrighted graphics.
I am suggesting that we investigate who can best manipulate the photo using Photoshop (or maybe other programmes) to see who has the best technique for making an otherwise poor shot into a very useable image. Composition will also be a key factor.
I have no problem with everyone using this photo and will happily provide a release. If everyone who participates also provides a release, what's the harm?
I may be missing your point though, can you clarify?
The point was to overcome the problems and make an otherwise unusable photo ... useable.
There are oftentimes that you can't go back and get that same shot again, so was trying to use a shot which could be saved if you are a wizard with PhotoShop if not a camera!.
So what now then? Brett would you be able to supply Liane a suitable photo to use?
If we purchase a royalty free image from stock I don't think it'll have as much potential or indeed be as challenging as the one Liane describes?
How about if Liane agrees in writing here, that said image is to be freely available for use for by anyone, for any purpose, anytime now or in the future. Would that be enough?
I'm guessing the answer would be negative?