2023:Program/Submissions/The recipe for creating a Featured Picture - ULPZLU

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Title: The recipe for creating a Featured Picture


Diego Delso

- 20 years experience in photography; - License-free photographer and Wikimedia contributor for almost 15 years; - Expertise in the areas of travel, underwater, macro, architecture and wildlife photography. The profile image is my own work and published on Wikimedia Commons with a CC BY-SA 4.0 license

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Type: Workshop

Track: Community Initiatives

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 60 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

I've been contributing on Commons with Featured Pictures for almost 15 years now. In the meanwhile, so many pictures have been awarded that I have a good feeling about what pictures are Featured, how to take them and what motifs are the right ones.

Description[edit source]

Featured Pictures (FP) are the finest among Wikimedia Commons. They are shown on the main page and also participate in the contest Picture of the Year. But, what makes a pictures featured? The keys are 3: the motif itself including the composition it belongs to 2) the lighting and 3) the quality. Apart from the do's there are may dont's that would be a problem for FP, from disturbing elements in the composition to a bad processing. I'd like to share my experience after 870 Featured PIctures from the planning of a trip to the postprocessing and discuss together the do's and dont's with real FP candidates. After having helped newbies on Commons I've realized that there are many don'ts that need time to be noticed.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The purpose of this session is to empower community members to improve their photographic skills. Good images with wow effect are a strong message for whatever you want to communicate, diversity, collaboration and future. Furthermore achieving Featured Pictures is only possible with interaction of other users that participate in the voting to decide whether an image is FP or not. Therefore I consider that sharing knowledge about the criterias for FP will reduced misunderstandings and possible frustration and will help the collaboration on Commons.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Tick Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand