Application Requirements

Carefully select your images based on the below guidelines and review our Image Guide.  Once you have gathered your application info and your images, then you should fill out the application and upload images. Images are not required to be submitted in black & white (B&W); however, all final NILMDTS images are B&W and demonstrating proper B&W conversion is helpful.

  • Fill out the application in full. You will not be able to submit unless the application is complete however you are able to save and return to the application at any time. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received. If you do not receive the confirmation email, it was not likely received. Please attempt to apply again or contact us.
  • Once your application has been received, it will be evaluated by the NILMDTS Volunteer Application Committee (VAC). This Committee consists of experienced Affiliated Photographers who will score your application.
  • We make our best attempt to get all applications evaluated within two (2) weeks however during the busy trade show season, it may take longer. If you have questions, please reach out to contact us.
  • Learn about the application fee.

Requirements for Submitted Images

As NILMDTS provides heirloom posed portraiture, you will be asked to submit five (5) indoor posed portrait images that showcase your best work and ability to use lighting to elevate the beauty of the image. At least three (3) images must be using auxiliary lighting. Our Image guide can be utilized for images crafted specifically for this application however submissions do not need to include children or babies. Our Volunteer Application Committee scores images based upon these criteria:

  • The available indoor light images (window light, not just ceiling lighting) may also include the use of reflectors. The use of flash as fill light is acceptable in this case, but not as the main light for these samples.
  • The portable artificial light should be those in which the main light is either studio-style strobes or speedlights, or other off-camera flash equipment. (“Snapshot” style  use of ambient/available room lights will not be approved.)
  • Focus – Just like any portrait, the eyes have to be sharp.
  • Posing and Composition – All the standard posing guidelines apply. Refer to our Image Guide.
  • Attention to Detail – This is an overall evaluation of the submission.

Image Submissions NOT Acceptable (resulting in a request for additional photos)

  • Out of focus images
  • Outdoor photos
  • Unposed event, lifestyle, journalistic, documentary (including birth) photography images
  • Non-human subjects (i.e. pets, nature, inanimate objects, etc. except a babydoll)
  • Images taken at a workshop

For those of you who do not have image samples of work using artificial lighting please do the following:

  • Take a cooperative human (preferable) or doll into a low light room and shoot off a series of images using your flash attachment, bouncing the light off the ceiling and walls, using various focal lengths (shoot tight like you would a baby session), angles, and poses. Refer to our Image Guide.
  • We do not need the images to be completely retouched, however if there are simple edits necessary to reduce distractions that improve the image (i.e. removing a fresh scratch on a baby’s face) not making those changes will deduct points to the “Attention to Detail” category. We will be looking for your ability to shoot in very low light situations similar to what we encounter in hospital rooms during NILMDTS sessions.

To see the scoring rubric, get more information, and additional personalized application assistance please fill out the form below.