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tezquirk
tezquirk  227 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 - 1:47 PM

And the Moral of the story is ... If you cant swim , Don't put your trunks on. SmileSmileSmile THE END ...

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14 Nov 2012 - 1:47 PM

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Jestertheclown
14 Nov 2012 - 1:48 PM

No problem Stephen.

I should have made it more plain in my earlier post.

An inkling . . . ? I dare say that you do!

JohnParminter
14 Nov 2012 - 2:07 PM


Quote: This thread is getting more response than I anticipated.

Yes, but nothing to the response you will get if you ask how much to charge for a wedding shoot.

keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023041 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2012 - 2:10 PM

Which of course you shouldn't unless you have 79,000 worth of gear and have been a practising photographer for 57 years.
Wink

User_Removed
14 Nov 2012 - 5:22 PM


Quote: Is there anyone here who does not want to improve their photography? Hands up please...

Where's the hands up smiley? I have no desire to improve my photography. At my age I have simply reached a level that must be it. I might try different techniques etc but otherwise....hands up.

See I knew that a. photographers think visually and b. we needed more smileys Smile Smile

MacroMeister
14 Nov 2012 - 5:42 PM


Quote: This thread is getting more response than I anticipated.

Yes, but nothing to the response you will get if you ask how much to charge for a wedding shoot.

And another thing...

How much should I charge for a wedding shoot?

MacroMeister
14 Nov 2012 - 5:43 PM


Quote: Which of course you shouldn't unless you have 79,000 worth of gear and have been a practising photographer for 57 years.
Wink

And you have one of those blue blazers with the funny brass cuff buttons, and your thinning hair is swept across your bald pate, and...

JohnParminter
14 Nov 2012 - 6:09 PM


Quote: This thread is getting more response than I anticipated.

Yes, but nothing to the response you will get if you ask how much to charge for a wedding shoot.

And another thing...

How much should I charge for a wedding shoot?

A chap called Lucian will help you out if you stick around long enough...

Smile

Mozzytheboy
Mozzytheboy e2 Member 3550 forum postsMozzytheboy vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 8:46 PM

Oh I read the first page, went to the last and thought I had gone to another site! To address the OP's original question then; I by my own admittance are/am just a bumbling amateur, that has a basic DSLR and a few lenses. However .... I try and try and try to find an image I have taken that gets at least enough votes or likes to make me smile and feel darned chuffed with myself. I'm retired and it is a hobby, doesn't mean I am any less passionate than someone who considers Photoshop a breeze and enjoys taking pickies with their great kit ... I wishSmile

So as long as 'we' don't take the voting thing too seriously, and enjoy what we do, be it a business a professional or amateur, or lesser, and share an image or three with a DESCRIPTION, and we get just ONE person to vote it makes that day a good one. Two votes and yee-har, three, oh rock n roll, four or more, heaven is missing an angel, five and more? Seemples. Churchill dog says "OH YES!"

My thoughts then on the OP's original questionSmile

p12owe
p12owe  1101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 11:56 AM

An opinion from a very new member on the voting system....

Yes it is bound to have a few drawbacks, most of which have already been mentioned here, but overall it adds far more to the site than it takes away. I am very pleasantly surprised at the recognition my own images have received, without any "friends to vote for me", so clearly many people are voting for what they like without agenda.

It is very hard to reach the first award at 30 votes simply because of the sheer volume of images being added and the speed that your image slides off the first page. This does not mean they are poor images. Maybe this problem could be alleviated by a thumbnail size choice to allow more to be viewed at a time, or maybe a gallery filter for say, ten votes and above to weed out a lot of the less impressive images.

This said, warts and all, the voting is fun, so please don't knock it!

HPalin
HPalin  626 forum posts Finland
7 Dec 2012 - 12:41 PM


Quote:
The only suggestion I can make is to make all posted gallery shots anonymous for the first 24 hours after posting, without any ability to see who posted it. Is that possible?

I'm a member of one forum (not english) that is just like that and it's working nicely. You can get objective feedback if you want to. Above all when you're not telling your friends when you have uploaded a new one.

LVanDhal
LVanDhal  1126 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 2:43 PM

Just my personal thoughts on this,
isn't Time, the ultimate vote on a photograph ?
Its good that people support a photographers efforts initially, its very valuable encouragement,
as far as i know, no one has ever climbed up to receive great photographic accolades, solely on the basis of what their friends said about them.

Votes, comments, criticism, are the sugar that provides the energy to keep going, and too much can make you out right sick, but not enough and you will pass right out.
Photography is about reaction, the art of photography is learning how to control it, after that its best to accept that some viewers have not yet learned or even understood how to control their own.
Open up to votes and comments they are an opportunity to learn more about your own reactions than you think, because that is what you are hiding from when its switched off. it is fear of the viewers reaction.

Jestertheclown


Quote: Open up to votes and comments they are an opportunity to learn more about your own reactions than you think, because that is what you are hiding from when its switched off. it is fear of the viewers reaction.

However much psychology you apply, I don't have votes switched off because I'm frightened of people's reactions. I have them switched off because the reciprocal vote-for-me-and-I'll-vote-for-you brigade have pretty much removed any value or merit that votes might have once had.
It's possible, on here, to get tens or dozens of votes on an image that's, let's say, mediocre, to put it politely, just because you blindly vote for the same people's images that always blindly vote for yours.
Comments, on the other hand can have some benefit. Not the 'cracking light, nice one' remarks but many people will post something genuinely constructive or helpful.
That's where the critique gallery comes into it's own.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 7 Dec 2012 - 3:08 PM
whipspeed
whipspeed e2 Member 104040 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 3:33 PM


Quote: maybe a gallery filter for say, ten votes and above to weed out a lot of the less impressive images.

That would assume that only good shots get over 10 votes. There are some extremely good images on here, where the subject matter might not be popular that don't get into double figures with votes, but some images with a popular subject that might be mediocre that regularly receive over 30.

Mozzytheboy
Mozzytheboy e2 Member 3550 forum postsMozzytheboy vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 4:06 PM

Oh Lordy I'm so darned naive, I'd not considered for one moment what Jester has just said about the 'you vote for me I'll vote for you.' That is a shame really. I've been getting between three and ten votes per image and thought well, great; at least a few peeps liked it because they voted for my image. Sad

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