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Experience of being a Guest Editor...


clicknimagine Plus
10 723 101 India
25 Sep 2020 7:08PM
I know many members have performed voluntarily the duty of Guest Editor as i have done several times...but i am sorry to say that i never enjoyed it, i have always tried to experiment with it differently, what did you consider, you might have also faced some difficulty or how you handled it...can you share your experience or how you have done it...do you consider it rather simple just to find out images as you like...
DaveRyder Plus
6 4.7k 7 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2020 8:25PM
A real shame Somnath.

I have undertaken this a number of times and am down next for Dec 21st week.
I both enjoy and learn from the week. I tend to shortlist a number of images through each day and then select two for the GE award.
I will try not to award the same person repeatedly through the week as this seems unfair to others.
I also tend toward non-professionals.

For the selection I look for either unusual/original uploads or something very well presented.

I have also learned from critically viewing others images.

A shame you have not enjoyed the experience but I guess it's not for everyone and should be a fun and pleasant week.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 706 England
25 Sep 2020 9:12PM
Sorry to read that Somnath, but at least you gave it a go. I'm sure people appreciated your time and awards.

I look for something diferent, that stands out and appeals to me. A well executed image is also considered especially if it's one I wish I'd taken.

Like Dave I tend not to award the same person more than once in the week (especially if the uploads are similar). I also shortlist throughout the day and give out awards later on in the evening.
I try and keep to four awards per day, just like my UAs, but it can be as little as one nd perhaps five if there are some great images.
Logos, wording and no title mean the image doesn't get shortlisted.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
26 Sep 2020 2:25AM
Let me first say thank you for your contribution clickimagine. I know your work has a high standard and I trust you applied this during your service to the rest of the members.

My experience with it could be summoned in the words of my partner who said she had turned into a photography widow. I showed immense devotion to the role that I took close to heart. I worked many hours of the day on it and I considered everyone's work (regardless of their popularity in the site or their profession) and every type of genre, even those they do not appeal to me. I will agree it is very demanding as a task. I took a mini holiday from the site after completing my run. You can choose to believe it or not. But it happened.

Having spoken about the numbers of awards I suppose I was rather generous but I am absolutely certain I was fair too. I displayed no favourism and remained critical to the work submitted. Which I thought it was plenty and of good quality.

I still prefer to see all the images in the main gallery, no filters. I still dip from time to time in the critique gallery too but not as much as I did in the past. And this is how I "recovered" from serving as a Guest Editor.

Some pictures can generate an ephemeral feeling; the good pictures can make a lasting impression in our minds, the great pictures can shake our hearts. So, if you can, try to examine pictures both with your mind and your heart. My personal awards shortlist is rather long for one reason or another. Watch the space!

pablophotographer

saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
26 Sep 2020 8:58AM
I had always assumed - wrongly it would seem now - that you enjoyed doing the GE week, Somnath, as you have done it several times, so it comes as a surprise to read that you do not enjoy doing it.

Everyone has their own photographic preferences and when it comes to choosing images to award, working methods.
I find it very difficult, for example, to award any record shots - think birds on sticks - or wildlife images taken of captive animals. For studio shots, the photographer has to have controlled the lighting, not just used the lighting as set up by a workshop leader...

What I look for are images which inspire me to make up a story based on the contents of the image. Or images which make me ask questions, make me wonder and imagine. Images I would happily hang in my home.
Like others, I shortlist images as I go through the gallery and make my choices in the evening. As for numbers, I don't have a target, but natural selection means I never award more than perhaps two or three images a day.
chase Plus
15 1.9k 479 England
26 Sep 2020 10:22AM
I am quite saddened to read your post Somnath.

Being GE for a week is no mean feat with many different genres in the Gallery and lots to look through each day.
What it teaches me is to look much more closely at images and different genres, perhaps taking inspiration from some and having a 'go' myself.
We are all different and I guess look for different things within an image.
I have no particular preferences but, the image has to actually say something to me, did the photographer consider why the image was taken, did they put thought into the composition, camera settings etc etc.
For me, light, composition,detail (where and if it needs to be), colour/tone are all important factors.

I, unlike others, don't shortlist if I see it and it 'gets me' then I award, there and then.
I never restrict the number of awards or even awarding the same photographer on more than one occasion in my week. One day I may award several images, the next, none.

Being a GE is hard work and I don't take it lightly.

I also think it's a shame that the GE doesn't get to award their image of the week, no reward to the photographer would be necessary but would end the week on a high for the GE and perhaps add another badge to the poster.
Yes the GE could comment on the image and say it was their choice of the week but after all the hard work one single person does in that week a special award would be nice to give.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
26 Sep 2020 10:44AM

Quote:I also think it's a shame that the GE doesn't get to award their image of the week, no reward to the photographer would be necessary but would end the week on a high for the GE and perhaps add another badge to the poster.
Yes the GE could comment on the image and say it was their choice of the week but after all the hard work one single person does in that week a special award would be nice to give.


I like that idea...
chase Plus
15 1.9k 479 England
26 Sep 2020 1:14PM

Quote:I like that idea...

Maybe something we could ask the management Malc ?
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
26 Sep 2020 1:57PM

Quote:
Quote:I like that idea...

Maybe something we could ask the management Malc ?


I've raised a ticket, linking to these comments, so hopefully there will be a reply from upstairs - probably after the weekend.Smile
chase Plus
15 1.9k 479 England
26 Sep 2020 2:49PM
Thanks Malc.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
26 Sep 2020 6:03PM

Quote:Logos, wording and no title mean the image doesn't get shortlisted.


Not that I shortlist or I give a limit to the number of the awards, I am open to any photograph as s tabula rasa. I pondered if I would award pictures with no metadata but I thought some people don't want to share their skill, I am fine with that also.

I had a discussion long sgo with a fellow member who through our little conversation produced pictures with his computer which I would not consider as photographs, but... images. While I could applaud the work of someone coding, writing software, I would not feel happy to offer a GE to anyone who draws lines, presses Ctlr+Print, produces a picture and expects the word to accept it for something this is not.

"Funky cold Medina, you know what I mean?"

pablophotographer


keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
26 Sep 2020 7:10PM

Quote: Logos, wording and no title mean the image doesn't get shortlisted.


Surely itís about the image.....and nothing else.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
26 Sep 2020 8:14PM

Quote:
Quote: Logos, wording and no title mean the image doesn't get shortlisted.


Surely itís about the image.....and nothing else.


Agree - so images like this would be a no no for you.
https://www.ephotozine.com/user/breadandshutter-96726/favourite-photos/photo/lie-11455263
Mike_Smith Plus
13 686 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2020 8:55PM
I also thought it was about image quality??


SlowSong Plus
12 9.3k 30 England
26 Sep 2020 9:05PM
Sadly, we no longer have Breadandshutter, a brilliant photographer. We've lost so many excellent photographers from the site over the last 5-6 years.
I used to be a guest editor, but it became a chore. I think it's had it's day, just like the photo of the day/week. It always seems to be the same people. I can almost predict who is going to win these arbitrary award things.


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