Competitors demonstrate their ability to use digital single-lens reflex cameras, image editing software (Adobe Photoshop) and professional studio lighting. Students perform on-site photography, including portrait studio lighting and posing. They process and print digital photos and submit two mounted and matted photographs in advance of the competition to be judged and displayed at the competition.
The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the current edition of the SkillsUSA National Technical Standards. These are available to professional members (advisors and teachers) following membership registration.