First, let’s look at what is Creative. The following definitions were taken from PSA and Stony Brook Camera club:
PSA refers to Creative as “Altered Reality.” The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images can be montages (a blending or composite of multiple images). High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered “altered reality.”
As always, the original image must captured digitally by the entrant. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Original images must be altered by the maker! Artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated, if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. It is necessary that the image’s core content be identifiable. Non-creative images are not eligible for this competition. Any subject matter is acceptable as long as the Altered Reality guidelines are followed.
SBCC adds: this category is designed to show the skill and imagination of the photographer. Images in this category will be judged on their imagination, creativity, uniqueness as well the skill used in image editing where applicable. Imagination and creativity shall be valued higher than computer editing skills. All major elements in the image must have originated with film or digital images and cannot be produced by using graphic objects. Use of multiple exposures and/or multiple layers of film is acceptable. Use of digital editing and manipulation is acceptable.
Titles will be read when the image is projected and prior to the judge announcing the score to give the judge an idea of the emotion, attitude or effect that you as the member were trying to accomplish when creating your image. The titles do not need to be a description of how you created the image.
Here are a few examples of Creative images – thanks to Tony Mistretta and Diane Robertson of Stony Brook for their permission to use them here.