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CPS Challenge #70: Framing

Framing is a compositional technique in which an image’s main subject becomes more impactful by creating an implied border using other elements within the picture. Framing is an essential compositional tool because it helps you to create a desired response when a viewer looks at the image. The use of framing in your image may serve to draw the viewer’s eye, tell a story, or simply add layers to create more depth. Framing elements may be architectural, occurring in nature, or even props that you insert into a picture. For this compositional challenge, get your photographic eye tuned into discovering the frame within the frame.

This Challenge is active through 8pm on Saturday, June 26, when a new Challenge will be issued. If you haven't gotten around to joining our group yet, simply follow the instructions below:

New Challenges are issued every two weeks. To participate, you'll need a free Flickr account. After you've done that, upload a few photos and then join the group. Full instructions and a discussion forum are located there.

Slideshow of 2020-2021 Year-End Winning Images

A slideshow of the winning images from the 2020-2021 year has now been posted and can be viewed here. A slideshow of the winning images from the 2019-2020 year is also still posted and can be viewed here.

Presentations on YouTube

Our Annual Awards Celebration will be available on YouTube starting Friday, May 14, at 7:30pm. The Annual Awards presentation will be available on the Club's YouTube Channel. No special software or passwords needed, just click the link!

Also, in case you were not aware, all of the past year's competitions and many of the year's presentations are available on YouTube using the same link.

Your Officers and Board for 2021-22

THANK YOU to all of you who cast your ballots for our new slate of officers and Board Members for the coming Club year, beginning June 1st. By UNANIMOUS vote, the following will join the eight unexpired Board Members to lead YOUR club for the next year:

President: Mike Kopkas
1st VP: Chuck Fitzgerald
2nd VP: Barb Cerrito
Secretary: Rob Erick
Treasurer: Vicki Wert

Board Members (3 year term ending in May, 2024):
Eric Wethington
Kathie Golobic
Angeli Persons
Richard Ader

The New Darkroom Door is Here!

The latest issue of the Darkroom Door newsletter has been published! Covering the second half of 2020, this issue features interesting articles, photo tips, member accomplishments - and LOTS of photos from our competitions. To view or download this issue, click here. And don't forget to review our archive of past issues, dating back all the way to 1969! This issue continues a long-standing stream of member communications - and an archive of the Club's history. Special thanks to Deborah Willis and her team of contributors - hope you enjoy!

About the CPS Photo Challenge

What is the CPS Challenge? It is an on-line forum in which different photographic methods and themes are introduced to the group. Participants then have two weeks to capture images that adhere to the assigned topic (new images only- no archived photos), and then share them with the rest of the group. This is not a competition. However, positive feedback and comments are offered on several of the submissions. The best thing about the ‘Challenge’ is that not only do you get to share your images with CPS community, you can also view images submitted by other group members and glean inspiration from their take on the same theme. The CPS Challenge is really an opportunity for you to exercise your creativity…and it is a lot of fun.

The CPS Challenge is located on the popular photo sharing platform Flickr. You must sign up with Flickr and then join the CPS Challenge group if you desire to participate. This is an easy and straight forward process. A detailed overview of the group’s description and rules, as well as the images by fellow CPS members can be found at the CPS Challenge group homepage. Here is the link.

Welcome to CPS!

The Cleveland Photographic Society is not your typical 'camera club'. Operating from our own full-time, ADA-friendly clubroom in Broadview Heights, Ohio, we are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offering a variety of activities for members and visitors alike - including our long-running School of Photography, with classes held throughout the year. Feel free to look around our website and learn a little more about us and how to find us on the All About CPS page. Visitors are always welcome to our Friday evening meetings and many other events - we hope YOU'LL plan to visit sometime soon! If you have a question or a comment, please Drop us a line

June 18
7:30 PM
NO MEETING - Summer Solstice Shoot
June 19
10:00 AM
Queen Right Colonies
June 25
7:30 PM
Zoom Presentation with the Cucharas (MEMBERS ONLY, NOT RECORDED)
June 30
9:00 PM
Deadline to enter the July 9 People Competition
July 9
7:30 PM
(Virtual) People & Pictorial Competition (Projection)

The mission of the Cleveland Photographic Society is to promote and advance the understanding, passion and joy of photography by providing opportunities for education, skill development, picture-taking, competition, critique and fellowship.

CPS is a founding member of the
Photographic Society of America

Photographic Society of America


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