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07/24/2003 06:29:09 AM · #1
I've noticed how much people really scrutinise, explore and consider an image when asked to suggest a title for it, so how's about a Title Competition each month?

A designated photographer could take an untitled shot and then we all submit titles for it, which are then voted on as usual. Winner gets photographic gear worth $1000, a car and a free house. Alright, just a Title Challenge ribbon then.

What do you think?
07/24/2003 06:35:03 AM · #2
I like the car, house and the photographic gear I think it should be a $1.000.000 cash too
07/24/2003 07:29:22 AM · #3
It really sounds good... But, my question is where is the free house? Personally, I don´t mind if it´s located in cities like Barcelona, New York, London or Sidney, for example...


07/24/2003 08:14:45 AM · #4
Its a snowhouse in greenland
07/24/2003 01:39:53 PM · #5
Originally posted by Jon Lucas:

I've noticed how much people really scrutinise, explore and consider an image when asked to suggest a title for it, so how's about a Title Competition each month?

A designated photographer could take an untitled shot and then we all submit titles for it, which are then voted on as usual. Winner gets photographic gear worth $1000, a car and a free house. Alright, just a Title Challenge ribbon then.

What do you think?


No, i don't like this idea. Fact is already too many people judge images too heavily on aspects other than the artistic/photographic merits on the picture. Challenges such as you suggested here will make this only worse. To me, a title isn't all that important, the picture is. A great title can help an image and i may add a point for that. I also believe the challenge should be met, the more creatively or artistically the better, but not in the anal way in which so many voters seem to do it. What i have seen happening at dpc for a long time now is that great photographs that loosely or creatively meet the challenge do far worse than banal snapshots that meet the challenge head-on (typically in a very cliché sort of way).
07/24/2003 01:56:36 PM · #6
Originally posted by Journey:

What i have seen happening at dpc for a long time now is that great photographs that loosely or creatively meet the challenge do far worse than banal snapshots that meet the challenge head-on (typically in a very cliché sort of way).


I don't know that I would really expect it to be any other way. A good, solid, non-edgy, shot that is clearly on topic, no real technical problems etc, is going to score well with almost everyone.

Something perhaps more creative or interesting to a subset of voters is going to score high with one group and have more detractors. I doubt you'll find anything that is considered 'great art' that doesn't have a load of people going 'its rubbish, I could do it with my eyes shut'

If you aim higher, then with some people you'll have a better impact, while at the same time doing worse with others. The more middle of the road pieces will tend to do equally well with both camps and tend to win on what is after all a popularity contest. It isn't the picture that you think is the best that wins, its the one with the widest appeal.

The upshot is that a lot of very creative, interesting and not so mainstream pictures will never do well in this kind of contest - ever. As soon as everyone starts liking a particular style, there will be a new group of people claiming its unoriginal, boring etc.


This doesn't mean however that if nobody likes your picture, that it is automatically great art. Like genius and madness, its a fine line between great and terrible
07/24/2003 02:11:28 PM · #7
On reading Gordon's post...

I smile.
07/24/2003 02:38:59 PM · #8
Originally posted by Journey:

To me, a title isn't all that important, the picture is.


I think you've missed my point. It's for the reasons you've mentioned that I think this would be good! People use their imagination even more.

Message edited by author 2003-07-24 14:44:24.
07/24/2003 02:47:49 PM · #9
Top Greetings posts a daily photo, with a captioning contest (you have to register to post a suggested title) -- it's mostly directed towards a type of humor which is not my own style, but it is good practice for coming up with catchy captions ...
07/24/2003 02:50:37 PM · #10
I really like the title contest as well. I think what it would do is help people who don't normally have good titles be creative. I would be more than willing to give photos to be titled by the group.
07/24/2003 02:51:37 PM · #11
Originally posted by Jon Lucas:

Originally posted by Journey:

To me, a title isn't all that important, the picture is.


I think you've missed my point. It's for the reasons you've mentioned that I think this would be good! People use their imagination even more.


Also, if I follow Jon's idea right, it wouldn't necessarily be related to or connected with any of the photo challenges (though I suppose it could be), it would just be more of a side challenge. It's not necessarily to judge or improve photographic abilities, just a fun chance to show off our cleverness (or lack thereof).

Message edited by author 2003-07-24 14:55:30.
07/24/2003 03:16:58 PM · #12
OK I'll bite

Here's a pic of My cat Amy

See if you can come up with 3 titles

1) Humorous
2) Emotive or serious
3) Wild card....what ever. make it outrageous, and creative. Completely out of the box.

Be gentle. Remember there's a fragile ego behind this pic...

Enjoy!

//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=30284
07/24/2003 03:19:23 PM · #13
Originally posted by joannadiva:

OK I'll bite

Here's a pic of My cat Amy

Be gentle. Remember there's a fragile ego behind this pic...

//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=30284

You mean your's, not Amy's, right?
07/24/2003 03:24:44 PM · #14
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by joannadiva:

OK I'll bite

Here's a pic of My cat Amy

Be gentle. Remember there's a fragile ego behind this pic...

//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=30284

You mean your's, not Amy's, right?


LOL.....Actualy I'm not sure
07/24/2003 03:26:32 PM · #15
1) "Love these new mouse-hair blankets!" or "Is That A Can Opener? (Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?)"
2) Still Missing Mom (I wanted to spell it "meowmmy" but this is the serious title)
3) Moth-Hunter

Message edited by author 2003-07-24 15:27:12.
07/24/2003 04:51:40 PM · #16
Like the idea..
07/25/2003 12:26:08 AM · #17
Originally posted by GeneralE:

1) "Love these new mouse-hair blankets!" or "Is That A Can Opener? (Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?)"
2) Still Missing Mom (I wanted to spell it "meowmmy" but this is the serious title)
3) Moth-Hunter



LOL...I love "Moth hunter" SOOOO acurate
07/25/2003 06:27:47 AM · #18
Response to joannadiva's lovely pic:

1. Nope, this collar's definitely too big (more of a caption really though!)
2. Watching Always
3. Looking for Tom

Really tough actually - just goes to show how useful a process this is. I spent a lot of time looking at this pic (which is a good shot and looks very wistful). Not really happy with these titles though!
07/25/2003 09:09:47 AM · #19
bump....I'm loving these
07/25/2003 10:16:14 AM · #20
okay name this image please
your title here
07/25/2003 12:12:59 PM · #21
Originally posted by rll07:

okay name this image please
your title here


Following joannadiva's good idea of a 3-title structure:

1. Hareway
2. Stand off
3. Like Father Like Son
07/25/2003 12:30:54 PM · #22
i love it... i was thinking Hare Dare...
i like hareway the best!
07/25/2003 05:39:52 PM · #23
1) Your Place Or Mine?
2) Translucent Ears
3) Just Add Lettuce or Plus 1 Year's Food = 12,000 Rabbits
07/25/2003 07:39:13 PM · #24
Any ideas for this one:
//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=28472
or this:
//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=25705
or this:
//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=25698

Message edited by author 2003-07-25 19:39:29.
07/25/2003 07:44:15 PM · #25
Originally posted by Jon Lucas:

Any ideas ....


1. Ready or Not
2. Coast is Clear
3. Ouch....
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