For this competition, the focus is on the principle of extreme magnification in capturing items or elements not normally viewed. The subject of the image can be animal, vegetable, mineral, man-made…basically anything that lends itself to close-up photography. Both detailed and accurate representation of a subject and creative interpretation and impression through selective focus is acceptable. The terms 'close-up' and 'macro' are often used to describe the same type of magnification of an image. However technically speaking, a 'close-up' is an image with a reproduction ratio ranging from 1:10 to just below life size. Whereas 'macro' is life size (1:1) to 10:1 life size.
Close-up photography covers a broader range of lens options and techniques to achieve maximum magnification. The key emphasis of this competition is to fill the frame without the requirement of cropping the image in post processing. Therefore, appropriate composition is required at the time of image capture. For this competition, you can use a dedicated macro prime lens, zoom lens, or a regular lens using a diopter, extension tubes, bellows, close up filters, lens extender or reverse lens. A combination of these devices is also permitted.
Restricted Editing – Images cannot be cropped in post processing to simulate a macro image. Therefore, the appropriate composition must be taken at time of image capture.
Editing may include basic clean up, white balance adjustment, tone adjustments colour correction, clarity, vibrance, saturation, sharpening and dodging/burning – as well as focus stacking, multiple exposure.
IMPORTANT NOTE – For this competition, the Entrant must preserve the original JPG or RAW formatted files containing the metadata details.
Colour, black & white, or monochrome images are permitted.
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- Images should be in JPEG format, maximum 1400 pixels on the horizontal x 1050 on the vertical in size,
- Note: One of the dimensions must be exactly the maximum allowed size (either 1400 or 1050 pixels)
- sRGB colour space and have a maximum file size of 1.8 MB
- Maximum number of submissions per VCC member is two
In 2017, this competition was named the CAPA Digital Macro Competition, and only true macro lenses were permitted. CAPA found this to be too restrictive, and the rules were changed as indicated under "Definition". In the 2017 CAPA Macro Competition, the VCC came second and was awarded the Silver Medal (gallery at right)
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