Does naming an entry annoy jurors?

In a recent post, Larry Berman reminded us to not submit a photo to zapp or any other show for that matter where the DCSF number might include the DATE of the picture. WHY? Because if you are submitting a beloved photo from 2007 for a 2012 show, the jururs might toss you thinking this is your old work....and it is five years OLD!


So I thought about what I submit.


I enter names like "All That Jazz", "Spring Ice". "Victorian Vanity" or "Mesmerize Me".


As we approach the new year of applications, I wonder, do naming your entries something smart, annoy or catch the jurors minds?


What do you do?

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  • The EXIF data if embedded in your ZAPP images contains the date the image was uploaded, not created. If you use Save For Web in Elements or Photoshop, there will be no EXIF data because Save For Web strips it out to create a (slightly) smaller file size JPEG.

    What's just as (if not more) important is that your images are in the sRGB color space after uploading. ZAPP retains the color space tag but JAS doesn't. But if you upload an RGB file to ZAPP, your jury image will also be RGB and look wrong to the jurors.

    You must keep the ICC profile box checked in Save For Web to make sure your jury images are sRGB.

    More about that later. I have to go out now and run some errands.

    Larry Berman
  • Thanks! I had a camera that for years would date everything 1980. Never mind that the camera itself was made long after 1980….. I’d reset it, again and again: it would go right back to 1980. I’ve corrected everything in my own records.   I don’t want anyone thinking my artwork was made before I even finished school.   :)   (Actually I still have that camera: though it is no longer the primary one I use).


    Everything on ZAPP was uploaded using Save for Web.

  • Linnea;

    There is a data set buried in the image called the EXIF data which has all the technical poop about the images file suuch as shutter speed, aperture, if the flash fired, yada-yada, and so on. Go to File Data in the Photo Shop menu under File to find it. It also has the time and date. If you save file "for web" this data is stripped out and thrown away. It can also be modified :-) The side benefit of it is that you can enter key words into the EXIF data and make it easier to do searches if you have large numbers of umages to sort through.


    Renaming the image itself won't throw out that data, you have to manually do it yourself, but again "Save For Web" commands toss out the data.

  • As long as you rename your images after uploading them to the computer (which I do anyway) there won't be any secret date hidden in there, will there be?  :)
  • Yes. that's correct

    Larry Berman
  • Larry, in the "projection" jury, they also have laptops in front of them, so that is the only place they might see a title or a description, is that right?
  • Thanks Robert, I have been tempted to try writing in the black area, but I use many verticle images and it just doesn't look right.  Larry, on your example of the "monitor" jury, where it says "statement" is that there when the show asks for a statement, or is it the "description" that we add to each upload?  If not, where or when do the jurors see our "description"?
  • R.C.;

    The second field where you upload a jury image has 60 spaces available for a title. The first field is for the file name which can be the camera's file numbering convention or what ever. That's simply for retrieving it from its storage location.


    I don't know if this is appropriate or not, and perhaps Larry or a show director can clarify this one, but I've occasionally used the Photo Shop text tool and dropped pertinent information into the black ZAPP borders beneath the image using white letters. This would be similar in format to titling a work on a matte. Artist name and date don't go on there though. A typical example would be;

     'Long Road Back"              Xerographic diffusion transfer on handmade Indian Bark fiber paper

    Since this would be an alternative photographic process I don't want it getting confused with a PS process, and it's going to be distracting from the usual viewing process. It's worked in a few cases and not on a bunch.

  • Hi RC,

    You need to spend some more time on my web site.
    How the jurors see the images using monitors:

    How the jurors see the images when projected:

    How Juried Art Services jurors see the images:

    Adding information is easy. All the fields are required in the image upload sequence for ZAPP and you can add the information afterwards in JAS.

    Larry Berman

  • Connie, where do jurors see this information during a Zapp session?
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