We’ve created various software applications that simplify some common tasks and hopefully cut down on the amount of computer expertise you’ll need. We’ll add to the collection over time, so if you have ideas for something that would make life easier for you, please let us know!
Members’ Entry Preparer Application
This application runs on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. We don’t have versions available for Windows XP or for Macintoshes.
The Entry Preparer is an application that helps you select the images you want to enter into a competition, and prepares them to comply with the competition rules. It doesn’t do any image editing, so you’ll still need to use Photoshop or your favourite image processing software for that.
You’re not required to use the application, of course, but we think it will make life easier for you and mean that you can concentrate on the photography and not worry about the computery work. In addition, having all the entries submitted in a standard form will make life easier for the Competition Secretary.
So what does the application do for you? Well, it:
- Gives you a list of the upcoming competitions with details of the submission dates and other information.
- Lets you choose from your prepared images and build up your collection of entries.
- Resizes any images that aren’t at the required size of 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high.
- Lets you set the titles you want for each entry
Finally, when you’ve got your entries just how you want them, the application will automatically write them to a USB stick which you can hand in.
The links below let you download the setup file for the latest version. You just need to download this and run it, and the application will be set up for. There’s also a link to a “Getting Started” guide that explains how to install the application and get working with it.
Image Resizer for Windows
This application resizes one or more JPEG images to the dimensions and style of your choice.
By default, it will resize to 1400 x 1050 and add black borders suitable for entries to LPS Competitions, but you can choose other styles and use it for other purposes.
The Competition Entry Preparer program also does resizing, of course, so it's not essential to use this application. However, you might find it useful if you want to examine the results before you submit your entries. As with the Entry Preparer, the image you get from the Image Resizer will be of very high quality and suitable for competitions.
You might want to resize with a program like Photoshop or LightRoom instead if you are confident, since then you can apply sharpening after the resizing to get the absolute best quality possible.
Those of you who are also members of the Postal Photographic Club can use this application to resize to the 1024 x 768 standard required there, too.