Member of the Month June 2013: Rob Greer

by Jason Groupp

June 10, 2013

This month, we’re proud to feature L.A.-photographer, Rob Greer. Rob is not only a talented and creative photographer, he’s just an overall nice guy. He’s one of those people you instantly want to be friends with.

He’s been at it for a few years, but has made his mark on the West Coast market in a relatively short period of time. One of the things I admire about Rob is a methodical, and calculated approach to his business, and his photography. He has taken the same approach to entering the print competitions for WPPI, and it has paid off. 

Given we’re a week into our first half competition (www.wppionlinecontest.com) I thought it would be fitting to feature Rob.

He offers some advice on his approach: “One of the most challenging aspects of print competition is narrowing my choice of submissions. As I select contenders, I first look for unique photographs that convey visual or emotional impact. I know that judges will view hundreds or even thousands of images and that it’s critical that my submissions stand out from the crowd." 

"If I think that a photo is unlikely to provoke a visceral response from an expert judge, I typically remove that image from consideration. I then carefully evaluate the remaining images, looking for technical faults that are easily identified by judges. Some of the most common comments by judges include the identification of a lack of detail in highlight or shadow areas or the presence of distracting elements in photographs."

"Once I’ve made my final edits and narrowed my selection yet further, I set the group aside for several days. This practice allows me the opportunity to look again later, hopefully with fresh eyes, and again critically evaluate at each image to determine it illustrates the best in imagination, creativity, and technique. Assuming that an image passes all of those tests and meets all of those standards, I enter it into competition. And then I cross my fingers and toes and wait for the judging to commence.”

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