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08/26/2006 12:27:17 PM · #1
This is where the beauty of digital comes to play. Don't be afraid to fire that shutter, it doesn't cost you anything unlike in the old days where you would've been afraid to experiment because of cost of developing. Digital gives you a great chance to experiment, get instant feedback, and see if you like what you just did. Take lots and lots of pictures, and then delete, delete, until you dwindle it down to the few you like. For example I take almost 200 shots just for headshots (head and shoulders, different expressions and angles), and then delete until I have 30 or so proofs to show. I go in rounds, where I'll delete the really bad ones (closed eyes, out of focus), then go again and delete similar poses, then delete the worst of the best. The process really makes me look at my work and what stands out, and later I try to recreate it with a new model.
08/26/2006 12:02:13 PM · #2
Thanks for the tips everybody :)
08/26/2006 11:53:56 AM · #3
Make sure you have all the fundimentals - focus, clarity, consideration for the ROT, etc...

Leading lines to guide the viewer, unexpected POV and anything that will make the viewer stop and think for even a second about your photo. Something that will catch the eye (be it something eerie, bright, colorful, etc...)

And most importantly as at least one person already said, take hundreds of pictures once you get a shot setup. If your camera has manual functionality, learn every little tincy nuance about that camera and shoot to its strengths.

Good luck in the future.
08/26/2006 11:46:25 AM · #4
In general, there are 3 components to making a DPC-appealing image:

1. A subject that appeals to people
2. A clean, straightforward composition
3. Technical excellence


All other things being equal, a photograph of something "pretty" will beat a photograph of junk.

All other things being equal, a dynamic composition will beat a chaotic composition.

All other things being equal, good DOF and sharpness and clear, bright colors will beat shallow DOF, overall softness, and muddy colors.


Bearing the above guidelines in mind, how many "strikes" does the following image of yours have against it?

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You can see my portfolio, incidentally, in my "challenge submissions" folder, MANY examples of technically competent and decently composed images that did not fare well with the voters simply because (IMO anyway) the subject matter did not engage them. Some of them are even very "creative" takes on the subject, but people just didn't "connect", you know?

Hope this helps...


Message edited by author 2006-08-26 12:11:22.
08/26/2006 10:19:43 AM · #5
I think it takes a good eye to see things in a creative way. I dont have that, some people can shoot stuff we see every day in a way that looks so artistic. Ive seen some shots around here that makes me sick how simple they are but they see the shot.

Wish i had the eye for it.
08/26/2006 10:12:55 AM · #6
Alot of replies :D thanks alot. I do take hundres of shots, in the past couple of days, thousands of water drop pictures. i love alot of them, and some are shit of course..

but anyways, i find it very hard to take pictures "all" like. its allways something wrong, every time i show a picture to other people of the trade.
08/26/2006 09:52:50 AM · #7
I just looked through your entries. Go read the comments on your bits & pieces entry again (a good job, for which i gave you a 7), and see what you did right with that shot. Then try to shoot other subjects that way.
08/26/2006 09:47:49 AM · #8
Originally posted by Diablito:

ok, so i have a little problem. I take picture after picture, many I think is great pictures.. Then i get them out on a forum or dpc, and my choosen image is shit to other..

so simply, what makes a picture crowd-pleasing ? basic rules ? examples?

hope somebody will take the time to help a beginner :)

You start to school... Each time teacher gives a project to your class, you always think you did the best... When the time comes and you compare your project to the others in the class, sometimes you feel pretty bad... and if you get an F, or D... what you do? (I only hope you don' try to hang yourself)... you try to do better, from the lessons learned from the previous.

but my point here is DPC (or similar places) the same. There are very rare people gets the "perfect" shots... most of us learn from comments... and long faces :P

Be yourself, don't take other's view personal, but try to learn from the "bad" comments.

My 2 cents :D

(If you must have some tips... try to have "negative" space on your photos... don't center the objects to much... clarity and contrast is pretty important.

that's what I was told at the beginning :P )
08/26/2006 09:41:51 AM · #9
buckets advice is good. IF your goal is to please the masses. I like taking pictures of pretty girls in rundown environments. I like edgy moody stuff. All that happydoodle photography really doesnt do much for me as a viewer or photographer. Been there, seen that.

My work doesn't appeal to alot of people, and that is fine by me, because I know it appeals to a few, and myself most importantly.

Have you decided what you like first?
08/26/2006 09:38:17 AM · #10
If what you want to do is please people then take pictures of pretty things..pretty girls always work, cute kids, beautiful beaches, foggy landscapes...really people like simple clean pretty things.
08/26/2006 09:32:10 AM · #11
I don´t think you should take that attitude, to "take pictures that people will like". Start by pleasing yourself first and foremost and go from there.
08/26/2006 09:29:37 AM · #12
Show people things they've not seen, or show them things they see every day from a completely different point of view.
08/26/2006 09:21:48 AM · #13
take hundreds if not thousands of pictures ..
the good ones stand out ..
(not all water drop pics are good / i take (on average) 200 images to get a nice one )
08/26/2006 09:13:03 AM · #14
In the contest i dont know. I just take photos of subjects i might find interesting. Currently i have two photos out on the contest, and both are currently below an average 5 score :o
Just keep shooting.. red books about photography etc etc. Its always something to learn.

08/26/2006 09:05:20 AM · #15
I don't know about any rules or fomulae for creating a crowd pleaser on DPC (aside from water droplets). My shots are not generally crowd pleasers either, but as you say you are happy with your shots, so am I. If you are pleased with your shot, does it really matter what others think? If you want to try and ribbon here at DPC, I'd suggest looking through the photos on the site and identifying a few common characteristics... Good luck mate.
08/26/2006 08:42:10 AM · #16
ok, so i have a little problem. I take picture after picture, many I think is great pictures.. Then i get them out on a forum or dpc, and my choosen image is shit to other..

so simply, what makes a picture crowd-pleasing ? basic rules ? examples?

hope somebody will take the time to help a beginner :)

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