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02/09/2018 12:33:42 PM · #1
I have been away for a while, so forgive me if this topic has been discussed at length in the last year. I am trying to participate and vote in as many Challenges as possible. So there is a two-fold reason for this discussion. First, how do people generally vote on images (i.e., what is the criteria upon which you make your vote). Second, how can I improve my photography based on the votes I receive on my entries.

So, I will start by saying, I vote based on two factors: (1) adherence to the challenge description / rules, and (2) appeal. The latter is a combination of creativity, artistry, mechanics (composition, focus, exposure, etc.), and the x-factor. The x-factor is whether I would want a copy to hang on the wall, or shout to the world, "hey look at this great image!".

Consequently, I believe, looking at the last 7-8 Challenges, I have voted lower than many on images that we agree are the best of the entries.

What are you all looking for and what are your voting criteria?
02/09/2018 01:46:01 PM · #2
x factor.
02/09/2018 02:07:05 PM · #3
Originally posted by hiltonmd:

...What are you all looking for and what are your voting criteria?


There are probably almost as many answers to this question as there are members, LOL. There is no wrong way. If you do find that your scores are skewed low (or high) perhaps think about making a small adjustment in your scale. Not really necessary, in point of fact; your choice.
Bottom line, we really need more votes, and all well-considered, honest votes are good ones.
02/10/2018 01:38:56 PM · #4
Here are a few more thoughts:

1. I sometimes start from a position of rating an image 5 on the scale. This is what I would consider an average image. It is not unappealing, but it also does not jump out at you with some element of x-factor.
2. I will admit that I am a little inconsistent, but I feel that if I give a rating of 1-3 or 8-10, I should provide a comment as to why I gave the rating. We do not learn if we do not get adequate feedback about what did and did not work in our images.
3. I just finished watching a B&H Event Space video on YouTube in which Eileen Rafferty offered the following regarding critiquing images, which I find a good reference point:

a. Start your comments with something positive and remain objective.
b. Stay on point - do not stray from the critique to wax poetic on some unrelated topic.
c. Make it about the image and not about yourself - we often say what we or someone else would have done.
d. Make suggestions on how to improve - sometimes we can say something as simple as "I wonder what it would look like if you did this..."

If you want to see the video, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46KOBAs9oPE

Message edited by author 2018-02-10 13:39:59.
02/10/2018 04:13:12 PM · #5
Originally posted by hiltonmd:

Here are a few more thoughts:

1. I sometimes start from a position of rating an image 5 on the scale. This is what I would consider an average image. It is not unappealing, but it also does not jump out at you with some element of x-factor.

On our 1-10 scale a "five" is actually a rating of "a little below average" (the mean score is 5.5), so you could as easily justify starting with a "six" and adjusting from that.

I usually suggest starting like this if you're not sure how to comment on a picture ...
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