The “Meet the GIMP” Double Book Prize Challenge!

Akkana Peck's bookIn Episode 110 I reviewed Akkana Peck’s great book Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition, which was sent to me by the publisher, Apress. They had offered also two books to give away as prizes in a challenge for the audience – that is, for you.
And here are the rules:

Challenge 1: “From Scratch!”

Make an image from scratch with GIMP, like Philippe does in his shows. Start with a blank canvas and create.

Store your image as a XCF file and announce it in this board of the forum. You have to sign up as a member for that – but there are no strings attached. If your image is too big for uploading to the forum you can send it to info@meetthegimp.org as a mail attachment. We will host them on the server. We are open for further ideas of getting the images into the forum.

Write a bit about what you have done in the forum posting. This has not to be a tutorial – just that we all have an idea which way you have took.

If you post several images, then the last one will be in the draw for the book. All of them are in the pot for the review choice by Philippe.

The Book Prize

All entries that follow the above rules to be in the draw and are posted before September 10, 0:00 “Forum Time” (that is something similar to UTC) are put in a numbered list – starting with 0.

After the end of the challenge Philippe will generate a large enough random number (in the common sense meaning, not math proofed) in a way of his choice. And then the entry at the position “Philippe’s Number MODULO Number of Entries” will win.

The Review

Philippe will take his pick out of the entries and present one or more in the show.

Challenge 2: “Pimp my Photo!”

Modify a digital or scanned analog photography with GIMP and other Free Software programs, like Rolf does in his shows.

Store your original image from the camera and your result as a XCF file and announce it in this board of the forum. You have to sign up as a member for that – but there are no strings attached. If your images are too big for uploading to the forum you can send them to info@meetthegimp.org as a mail attachment. We will host them on the server. We are open for further ideas of getting the images into the forum.

Write a bit about what you have done in the forum posting. This has not to be a tutorial – just that we all have an idea which way you have took.

If you post several images, then the last one will be in the draw for the book. All of them are in the pot for the review choice by Rolf.

The Book Prize

All entries that follow the above rules to be in the draw and are posted before September 10, 0:00 “Forum Time” (that is something similar to UTC)are put in a numbered list – starting with 0.

After the end of the challenge Rolf will generate a large enough random number (in the common sense meaning, not math proofed) in a way of his choice. And then the entry at the position “Rolf’s Number MODULO Number of Entries” will win.

The Review

Rolf will take his pick out of the entries and present one or more in the show.

Other Rules

The books are not sent out by meetthegimp.org, but by APress. Our only responsibility is to send them the winners adresses, not to make sure the book is delivered.

All decisions, “random numbers” and so on made by Philippe and Rolf are final.

By entering an image you accept the above rules.

Have a lot of fun!

Added Aug 9th: Everybody is allowed to enter into both challenges – except for Philippe in the first and Rolf in the second. Both are not eligible for winning the book.

16 thoughts on “The “Meet the GIMP” Double Book Prize Challenge!

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  3. Rolf – Would ypu please confirm that I should keep the .xcf files and post suitably down-sized .jpg images, with the commentary, to the forum?

  4. Just a thought, but I was thinking that it might also be a good idea to post copies of the rules in the forums, That way even if the post for rules on the podcast page goes off the initial home screen for meetthegimp.org, people will still have access to the rules. Also that would just provide easier access to the rules for those who are already browsing through the forums.

    Just a thought. Keep up the excellent work! I look forward to hearing more about your book!

    David

  5. I think about something with more fun, like the tram number I did for show 40. A bit more entertaining than just asking a website or /dev/random.

  6. It would be nice to be able to see what was done – but I am not really dogmatic here. And when the xcf is too big, just scale it down.

    This is not a “Final Test” or something – it’s a bout sharing ways of work, having fun and winning a book. ;-)

  7. I have certain doubts for getting a truly random number via tram. The Bremen public mass transport system is highly computerized and among the Gimp users are a non negligible number of geeks able to manipulate it enough to skew the results. Your address is in the impressum and the forum is world readable so it’s not difficult to estimate the required number for the tram.
    So I’d suggest to use the upcoming german general election results, specifically the number of invalid votes in your state/double city, to get a sufficiently random and mostly unpredictable number. And the elections would at least be useful some something.

  8. The Tram draw was purely random, because nobody knew when and how I would do it. And I doubt that a hacker can switch the sequence of Trams. They weigh a lot and are on tracks without the chance of overtaking. ;-) And as I took the body number of the first Tram (painted on, no LEDs) showing up at the Rathaus, there had to be a physical switch of cars.

    The election is two weeks after the closing of the challenge – a bit late if you count in the time for producing the video. And I want to have it on “live” video. Perhaps someone frem Bremen wants to join?

  9. Ok, seems I got you on the wrong foot. It was considered a joke but I guess I screwed it up. I just don’t want you to stand on the tram tracks, as one day you might choose the wrong lane.
    On another note, I’m trying to get some portrait photos done as in the near future there will be a lot of them. They usually work out ok, but lack the nice unsharp background I want. Blurring and adding a layer mask with circle gradient looks nice but somehow it’s different. In the shop they told me to get a 80mm portrait lens which costs about as much as my camera and all equipment combined. Currently I have a 17-70mm and a 70-300mm lens. After pausing for about 17 years this is my first return into photography so I’m not really sure.

  10. Of cause the 80mm (not 85mm?) would be perfect. But the photographers takes the image, not the equipment. So just take your 70-300mm lens (try several focal lengths, 70mm should be cool), set the aperture as wide open as possible and approach the model as much as possible. Should give you a nice shallow DOF…

  11. Sven, what camera do you have? A 50mm 1.8 is a good lens for portraits with a APS-C sensor – and quite good with full frame. And they are cheap – a bit above 100€ new in most cases. 1.4 is even better…. ;-)

  12. By recommendation from a friend I bought a 50D Canon. On second thought now I should have probably taken the 5D instead, it is not so much more expensive but is true 35mm. I’m still in the two week period and will probably exchange it. Today I got an 1.2 L 50mm Canon lens and it really is good. But it tends to overblow the highlights very fast even at iso 100 if turning the aperture open. I estimate this is caused from the camera and the 5D will not have the problem.

  13. 50D is a great camera. And 5D as well. It’s a hard decision and I am happy I hadn’t to take it on my own. When I bought the 40D is was much cheaper than the 5D… ;)
    Well, overexposed pics have nothing to with ISO and aperture, as long as you are in AV mode, have no flash fired, have no exposure compensation running and have matrix measurement active. There are prob. some more influences. The camera should adjust the exposure time to gain nice images – no matter of your ISO or aperture. So it might be a problem with the 50D but I never heard about it. I would rather guess it’s some wrong camera setting. Try full automatic mode – if this is ok you just squeezed the settings ;)
    At least you are right – it has nothing to do with the lens.

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