Re: Who is a good judge of a photo?
- From: tony cooper <tony_cooper213@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:32:34 -0400
On Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:26:18 +0100, Pete A
On 2011-08-27 18:14:25 +0100, tony cooper said:
A judge with no commercial interest in art or photography is just an
armchair critic, or have I missed something? You learnt that from the
"expert" who suggested that you crop your horse shot down to the white
frame. If you follow their advice the image will indeed have no
commercial value, and in my opinion, no artistic value either.
Well, I don't agree with that critic who made the suggestion about my
horse photo, but she is probably more right than wrong about most
photos she judges. She, and the other judges, had about an hour and a
half to judge almost 100 images.
The way our system works, all 3 judges rate the photo on points, but
only one judge presents a verbal critique. The score itself was good
(but not the night's winner or in the top group), so the combined
judgement was not harsh.
I found myself less in agreement with her verbal critiques on the
other entries than I did with the other judges, but in dead-on
agreement on some images. She would have commented on over 30 of the
about 100 entries.
If your intention is to win the competition then the answer is obvious
- only those who maximize your chance of winning and minimize the
chance of everyone else winning.
Yeah, selfishly I'd have to agree, but that's not really a big thing
to me. Don't get me wrong...I like winning and I'm a competitive Type
A person. But, I'm in it for the chase, rather than the reward, at
this point. It doesn't bother me to have my photographs knocked.
A friend of mine is upgrading from a Nikon D90 to a D7000. He wants
me to buy his D90, but I'm not interested. He feels (like Bruce) that
my D60 is a junk entry-level camera. Until I feel I have a good grasp
on *what* I'm shooting and how to compose and process it, I'm not
interested in what I shoot *with*. A better camera isn't going to
result in better photos until I know what I'm doing.
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
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