Good and not as good.

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I think that they should have a category for pictures that aren't photographers and don't have as much experience as others in editing and things that go along with photography. I had one picture that made it to 608 and when I did the image duels it went to 592. That is the highest that I can get out of 300 and some pictures. I don't think that my pictures are that bad but what do I know? Yvonne
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Talking Point # ONLY. The quality of your photo is one small piece of its score.

Y-von, I've thought about this a lot since I joined last August. It's where 50-99% of us Pixotoans live.

How do we, in our own minds, succeed?

>we consider low scores to be well-meaning, focused advice for improving our skills
>we succeed with a few pictures, and submit nothing but variations of them
>we enjoy the ImageDuels for their beauty and for the teaching they offer
>we cheat in one or many ways
>we indulge in complex self-delusion.

Complex Self-Delusion is ME. I set up my own private competition rules, my own hidden grading system which automatically eliminates those dastardly professionals, cheaters, and the just plain lucky.

600+ is a win. 550 - 599 is success. 500 - 549 is adequate. I don't yet delete 400-500 because they are generally quite presentable, to my eyes. Simple, huh? Those professionals aren't even in My Contest.

Many of the top photos don't look real. Stunningly beautiful perhaps, but some other plane of existence, a different world. It is not a question of whether that is good or bad, it's a question of what appeals to the most ImageDuel voters. My Self-Delusion System handles this problem. My target audience wants texture, color, vividness, perspective, etc, to be closer to reality. So I give it to them. With seven of my entries there were enough truly artistic geniuses to push me into the 600s. (Although, on further review, only 3 of them were all that 'real'. Hmmm. Better forget all this drivel I'm dribbling. It's obviously just a 3-year-old-style temper tantrum.)

Seriously, Y-von. Decide what you want from Pixoto. Then make it happen. I truly believe Pixoto is smart and tough enough to minimize enough human foibles to encourage you to adjust to the sensibilities of the voters.

There are people who want to help you, and some of them probably have good advice. Post HERE again, with a link to one of your pictures and ask for help with it. You can keep it simple. 'What needs improving on this photo?'
(To insert a link: At the top of your browser, left click on the address line once to select it. Right click and select Copy from the drop-down menu. Paste into your new posting. It won't respond to a click until you post it.)

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I don't exactly understand all of what you said but I guess I have some in the 500 to 592 area and it sounds like that is kinda good. Thanks for the reply and the insight. I had one that I thought was pretty good and it wasn't doing much so I resubmitted it and it went up to around 550. I don't know the rhyme or reason of it all. Thanks!!!! Yvonne
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maybe they meant pixoto is what you make of it,
kinda like the rest of life right?
pixoto has personally caused me to reinvigorate my desire for photography,i dont worry about the details of voting algorithims, anyone who has ever entered a photography contest knows the end results will be contested, some will never be satisfied with the results other are glad just to have put their vision out there to be measured
keep passion in your shooting and good things will eventually follow,the glass half full means that any of your shots that got even one winning vote meant at least one person shared your vision!
keep shooting!

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