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Winter/Holiday Forum Challenge :: Nov 29 - Dec 31

Hi everyone, thanks for your patience waiting for this to be updated.  I see this as more of a community activity than a "contest," so to speak,  So it will be much more loosely structured than the PB contest. (We're nearly there by the way, announcement email will probably go out on Monday).

Theme: For this first challenge we're going with winter and winter holidays.
  • Any of the winter holidays are open.  Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, New Years, any holiday observed during winter is fair game.
  • Or if you'd rather, just create an image that relates to winter in some way.  Ski lodge, gingerbread palace, winter landscape, skating rink, ice fishing hut, Olaf from Frozen, you get the idea [biggrin].
  • If you need inspiration, may I suggest Pinterest in all its wintry glory.

Structure/submissions:

  • Post WIPs in this thread: I anticipate much lower participation for this one.  Instead of splitting everything up into individual threads, let's keep all the WIP posts together in this thread.  From what I've observed in the past, this structure works really well for smaller forum competitions.  If it gets really unruly we can re-evaluate.
  • I'll create a finals thread: Post a single image in the finals thread when you're finished. Let's go with single-image submissions this time around.
  • There are no prizes at stake this month.
  • Instead of separate judging like the PB contest, we'll do a a vote via poll for this one.

Community Vote
  • I'll setup a voting poll in the finals thread once the submission phase has ended, then everybody will have a few days to vote.
  • Don't vote for yourself [wink].
  • Poll will be open to anyone, don't feel like you have to finish a submission to vote.
  • Something I've seen in a lot of other forum challenges like this is a "winner picks the next topic" type arrangement.  It's up to you all whether that's something you want to do.  Otherwise we can just discuss and/or vote at the end of the month for the next theme.

This is a friendly challenge, and the goal here is to learn, improve, and have fun!
  • A nice rule of thumb: Try to post at least one constructive critique every time you post one of your own WIPs.  Not a requirement, merely a suggestion [smile].

OK, that's all. Good luck, have fun!

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yeaah [biggrin]
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Some guidance notes for what judges look for in image contests:

1. Overall render quality - obviously. We want images that look like beautiful, accomplished renders that make podium look awesome

2. Creativity - we want you to create images that will stand out from the crowd. It doesn't have to be gimmicky, but just something a little different or unexpected and creative. You don't have to create a post-apocalyptic 21st century cityscape, it could be something as simple as using Browser components in an unexpected way. The recent contest has shown us that a lot of you are very talented and create great renders, but we need more than just great renders to differentiate between winners and runners-up.

3. Attention to detail - by now most of you know how ruthlessly picky I am. Oh yes - I really do scrutinise all the submissions  [sneaky]

4. Lighting quality - If you add fill lighting that creates shadows when you can't see the light source, it makes the assessment process very quick, which is great - but only for me! If you put your lights on in the daytime in strong sunlight it's a similar result, but not positive...

5. Textures - all the moaning I've done on the forum about over-reflective surfaces, too much bump, and texture orientation and scale, there ought to be no excuse for finding these, yet I do find them!

6. Added value - we try to look for a certain quality that makes a particular render stand out. Over and above creativity, it can be some stunning texturing, some beautiful modelling, innovative use of textures or components, a story in the render, a little bit of fun or even just some quality which makes the whole render greater than the sum of its parts. 

7. Follow the rules! If we want working images - submit them. If we want 90% of the scene to be composed of Browser components - do it. If we want the submissions to be a study in a horrific shade of shit-brown - just do it! If you hate the restrictions, meet them creatively, but follow them all the same. If we stipulate original images that aren't plucked from your portfolio, if we think something is suspicious, we will try to find out where you work and look at your websites. Bending the rules is not the same as breaking them, and can make the difference between good images and wonderful ones, but it's a risky strategy.

8. Don't overdo the post-processing. Render contests are all about the actual renders. We know that PP generally improves pretty much all images, but there's a point where it becomes too noticeable to the extent that it overpowers the render - this is not a good thing

Above all - have fun [smile]




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Please please please make a contest for a "study in a horrific shade of shit-brown". [biggrin]
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So the rules for this one are?
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Updated!
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Yay yay let me be the first to post. I'll just copy my post from the other thread and post it here. I hope i'm not breaking any double posting rules. If I am feel free to remove the relevant post.

PS. The temperature never changes here so sorry for no snow. Always sunny [frown]

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Aha now I feel special [biggrin]. I'm thinking of a few things, but somehow the thought of Christmas brings me back to my early childhood days growing up in the countryside. I'm thinking of depicting that for this competition [biggrin]

We had wooden floors (nothing fancy, trust me), most of the houses had polished (red) steps (yea that red polish was the porcelain of today), and those glass windows that usually had one missing panel because we were rude kids who use to hit them out [biggrin]. The drum was what most people used to catch rain (water) for bathing/washing hands in the bathroom (structure to the left). Yea, the bathroom wasn't a part of the house and it was just a hole that you **** in that was covered by zink and wooden columns and a big open area with a pipe for the shower. 

Sometimes it's nice to look back on where you're coming from, as it helps you get through the challenges in front. I still don't know how I survived back then, but to be honest, when I was a kid those were some of my best days.

Here's a preview. I know it doesn't look very Christmassy yet, but i'll add those elements as I go along... But you know me, I might change it later on [biggrin]

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Don't forget -tell a story, capture a mood.

Beatiful images we know you can do [smile]

Don't overdo the PP though...


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Thank you Bigstick for the guidance notes. Useful for a newcomer to the forum like myself.

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INTERIOR RENDER_COLOR.jpg 
INTERIOR RENDER ONE_EDIT.jpg

There's a fair amount of PP in these images, however I think these show how Podium provides a great foundation to create a variety of different images.  

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Any WIP requirement, like one image with info bar? Or just the final image? I didn't read anything other than the final so just checking.
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I'll tell everyone straight away that photoshopped people do not get scored highly by me, mainly because they are almost always done really badly, like the people in the first image, and the receptionist in the second. They all look 'stuck on'.

This level of PP in a contest entry would be a massive black mark because it's kind of cartoony, and you can't really see the quality of the render.

It's not that this sort of thing is bad in absolute terms, because it depends entirely on the purpose of the render, and personal tastes, but for render contests - nononono.

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Any WIP requirement, like one image with info bar? Or just the final image? I didn't read anything other than the final so just checking.


Andrew, no additional requirements, resoution, info-bar, etc.  And I suppose you don't necessarily have to post wips here, but it's always nice to see them.  But no real rules here other than "make something that relates to the theme."

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  There's a fair amount of PP in these images, however I think these show how Podium provides a great foundation to create a variety of different images.  


Yes, I totally agree.  The style is illustrative and deliberate, and the palette in the second one is quite beautiful. I really like them! Are they yours?  Podium is a tool, and everyone uses it differently--just because we see a lot of natural/photographic looking architectural renders here doesn't mean that way is the only way. 

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but for render contests - nononono.


I do want to note: There's nothing in the rules of this particular challenge that states the main goal here is to create a naturally lit, photographic looking image.  That was indeed the goal in the Podium Browser render contest that just concluded, because as stated, we were trying to showcase Podium & Podium Browser.  However, in my opinion it is much less relevant in an informal challenge like this one.

It's a moot point, of course, since everyone has an equal vote. I'm only posting this long-winded response because I don't want anyone to feel like they have to create an image OR vote based on the criteria outlined above. (Though that is certainly a valuable list to keep in mind when you create any image).

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