Distinctions: The Society invests in 4K Technology

16 September 2015

Region: Headquarters

The Royal Photographic Society has been accepting digital distinctions applications (usually known as DPIs) at Licentiate and Associate level for about 15 years. Since this route was first introduced technology has advanced dramatically along with the cameras and computing power that members have access to. The Society has developed the quality of assessment with the introduction of precise guidelines for submissions and several times it has purchased and upgraded high quality digital projectors, calibrated to the best standards.

There has been concern that the pass rate for DPIs is lower than that for prints and there is little sign of this changing in the foreseeable future. For many applicants the assessment is the first time they see their work on a large screen.  A new initiative by The Society is designed to address this and help applicants making digital submissions – especially those from overseas for whom sending digital files is cheaper and more secure than sending in a portfolio of prints.

So what’s next?

As the leader in the delivery of photographic distinctions The Society is best placed to deliver assessment to the highest standards in terms of its processes, the training it gives to Panel members and, in the case of DPIs, the equipment it uses. With this in mind The Society will move away from assessing digital applications by projection and replace it by viewing DPIs on a quality high resolution monitor. It has recently invested in a 85 inch Panasonic monitor which was tested over the summer.

 

The benefit for applicants is that as good quality large screens become more commonplace in people’s homes they should be able to review their work more critically and in a manner close to the assessment Panel allowing them to remove DPIs which cause a submission to fail.  The size of the monitor is determined by the fact that it has to be large enough for the audience attending an assessment and to ensure that Panel members are able to properly examine and consider submitted work. The sRGB colour space should be familiar to applicants as the colour space used on their own monitors where they work on their image files.

 

The new Panasonic monitor will be used for the first time on the LRPS November assessments and then from 2016 on all Licentiate/Associate applications. Images submitted at DPIs will need to be submitted at a higher resolution than for projection moving from 1400 x 1050 to 3840 x 2160. The new submission Guidelines are below.

If all goes well, as we hope, and Panel members, the Distinctions Advisory Board and Council are satisfied with the DPIs at Licentiate and Associate then a decision will be taken if we start – for the first time - accepting DPI submissions for Fellowship from the start of 2017.

 

Andy Moore LRPS
Distinctions Manager

 

New Guidelines

REQUIREMENTS FOR A LICENTIATE APPLICATION WITH DIGITAL PROJECTED IMAGES (DPIs)

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

The application must be a portfolio of 10 digital images.

The image data must be in RGB mode (even for monochrome images) and in the sRGB colour space.

The current projection dimensions are 3840 pixels wide and 2160 pixels high. The image data must not exceed these dimensions in either direction.

Image files must be saved in JPEG format: saving at the highest quality is recommended.

Images must be named with two digits only: 01, 02, 03, through to 10.

The applicant’s name must not be included in the file name or displayed with the image. (Failure to comply with this requirement will result in disqualification and loss of the application fee).

Two copies of the portfolio must be printed in sequence on A4 paper, not mounted

 

ADVISORY

Give consideration to the sequence of your portfolio images, they will be viewed in the order you number your images. The sequence of the images is part of the assessment criteria.

Ensure that the equipment used to create your portfolio is calibrated correctly.

 

Your submission may be sent on a USB stick/CD/DVD by post to The Distinctions Department, The Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath, BA2 3AH.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ASSOCIATE APPLICATION WITH DIGITAL PROJECTED IMAGES (DPIs)

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

The application must be a portfolio of 15 digital images.

The image data must be in RGB mode (even for monochrome images) and in the sRGB colour space.

The current projection dimensions are 3840 pixels wide and 2160 pixels high. The image data must not exceed these dimensions in either direction.

Image files must be saved in JPEG format: saving at the highest quality is recommended.

Images must be named with two digits only: 01, 02, 03, through to 15.

The applicant’s name must not be included in the file name or displayed with the image. (Failure to comply with this requirement will result in disqualification and loss of the application fee).

Two copies of the portfolio must be printed in sequence on A4 paper, not mounted

Two copies of the Statement of Intent must be submitted, outlining the purpose, objective or intent of the work in not more than 150 words. The Statement should concisely place the images into a meaningful context, and should not include technical information. (*)

A word count must be included with the Statement. (Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disqualification and loss of the application fee.)

 

*Some categories have requirements for additional written information. For details of these, see the information on specific categories.

 

ADVISORY

Give consideration to the sequence of your portfolio images, they will be viewed in the order you number your images. The sequence of the images is part of the assessment criteria.

Ensure that the equipment used to create your portfolio is calibrated correctly.

 

 

Your submission may be sent on a USB stick/CD/DVD by post to The Distinctions Department, The Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath, BA2 3AH.