Seeking Photos for an Upcoming Project

I’ve been pretty lazy for the last few months, and I’m feeling like the community aspect of Epic Edits has been drifting (which is my own fault). So I’m thinking we should do another project to bring everyone back together and get things rolling again. I have an idea for this project… but I need your help.

A long time ago, we did the “Edit My Photo” project where I gave you an unprocessed raw image and you were asked to process it as you saw fit. We had a good turnout with 28 entries, all of which were very creative and drastically different. I think everyone was pretty impressed with the diversity and quality of the results.

Several months later, I participated in similar projects at,, and — these all link to the project results pages where you can see my entry along with entries from the other participants. Each time, it was a big hit and everybody was quite happy with the entries.

I want to do it again — but I want to mix it up a little bit. Instead of editing one of MY photos, we’re going to edit one of YOUR photos. We’ll call it the “Edit Your Photo Project”. And by YOU, I mean ONE of you. We’ll do this in two parts: in the first part we’ll decide which photo to use for the project, and in the second part we’ll all process that one photo in any way we’d like.

So if you’d like to have your photo considered to be “the one”, leave a link or embedded image in the comments of this post. I’d prefer to see an unprocessed image, but it’s not totally necessary. After about a week, I’ll pick out a handful of them and put them up for a vote. Whichever photo wins the election, we’ll use it as the basis for part two of the project (so you’ll need to have a full-res unprocessed photo available, and you’ll need to be willing to hand it out to complete strangers).

By entering your photo, you understand that we could possibly use the photo for this project and participants will receive a full resolution copy of the image. You will retain full copyright of the image, but you’ll be granting permission to project participants for displaying their derivative works online only for the purpose of this project — nothing else.


13 thoughts on “Seeking Photos for an Upcoming Project

  1. Thias

    I’d like to enter with this image.

    Although I was pretty happy about the shot at first, I later realized I made a lot of errors. To strong flash setting (disturbingly blown whites). Furthermore f/22 was far to much, the MFT chart shows the weak performance of the lens beyond f/16. To get more DOF I should have raised the distance between lens and subject instead. Double distance * 400-800 ISO * f/14-16 * 1/200 would have created a much nicer, sharper and natural looking result.

    To sum up: Quite a challenge, but nevertheless I am curious what is possible in post processing, since I am not too experienced myself.

    RAW File

  2. Pat R

    This might be interesting to edit.
    I have it in RAW but was not able to upload it.

  3. Tasha

    Hey Brian, I’d love to enter, I just need to find the time to look through the archives for a good entry. What’s the deadline to enter?

  4. Brian Auer Post author

    Didn’t have a hard deadline set… but I’m thinking a week from now (8/25) I’ll post the entries and ask for votes. I was hoping for at least 10 entries, but that may not happen — either way, we’ll move forward with what we have next week.

  5. TikiPundit

    Brian, a great exercise and glad you’re getting back into it here. I very much enjoyed the “Edit My Photo” exercise before (though I did not participate). It was fantastic to see different folks’ take on the same photograph. Here’s my poor contribution. Not RAW, but unedited — right out of a Canon A85! This was taken in southern New Mexico in 2006.


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