How seriously do you act during your Image Duels? Do you take it seriously or not?

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Are you taking a few seconds when rating pictures in the Duel? Or just hit the button "Choose" randomly to gather points in order to be able to publish your own photography (as some people said they do on a forum I was browsing these days)? I think one should be very considerate and give one's full attention when rating images. Because you would like your own pictures to be weighed with the same serious consideration. I am fully immersed in the process of rating the pictures and I take this assignment very seriously. I want the best pictures to be appreciated and those who submit bad photography to understand that they have a lot to learn before posting again on this site. And this is up to all of us who are required to give their votes. Photography is not only for showing but also for looking at, enjoying or criticising.
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Well said!
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Very well said!! :) I was just going through one of mine and comparing it to the ones that it won and lost against. There are some that I felt were better than mine and others where I felt should have been a very clear lost, reasoning, poor composition, overexposed, poor exposure and very blurry. I have touched this subject before and was told that everyone likes different things. You can't tell me that one would put a photo with poor clarity, exposure and subject amidst clutter above a well composed photo taken in proper lighting. . Like I said before, there is a difference between photography and snapshots. I went on this site (and paid) thinking I would learn from the pictures that I lost to. I don't feel this is happening. I told myself to give it more time, maybe I'm not seeing what others are seeing.
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Yes, this is exactly what I was mentioning. Some people confess openly that they just click on any picture with the sole purpose of gathering points. But this is stupid because it contradicts the very purpose of Pixoto which is showcasing your pictures, having them measured against others and viewing other people's work. So by sabotaging the duels one damages his/her own chances of getting a fair opinion of one's work. There are very good pictures on this site and there are absolutely bad ones so I believe, as aspiring photographers, we should take rating seriously.
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i dont know about others but myself i take dueling very seriously! i spend a great deal of time picking the better picture,
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As above, I take my duel judging seriously (and I do more of it than I "need" to do to gain submission credits). It's fun and interesting. (I will say that, besides "crap," there are folks who apparently have their monitors' brightness turned up to the max, so when I view their photos on my calibrated monitor, they are very dark.) I, too, have noticed (more in the last few days) that some of my photos lose to other photos for which it's had to imagine any notion of subjectivity (other than random choice) that would yield the outcome.
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Yes it is interesting to participate in the Image Duel but at least half the photos appearing on the screen are very poor. It happened though several times to run into an astonishing pair of pictures, so good that it was difficult to decide which one to rate as best. I wish there were more good pictures, it is really stimulating and inspiring to see good photography.
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most take it seriously but it is well known that many just click for points, or to affect the voting.
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How can one affect the voting? There is no information attached to the pictures.
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I totally agree with all of you who take duel voting seriously: to just click without deliberation is really not serving anyone in the long run.

While voting, I personally assess both the technical and visual quality of the images. For example, is the main subject in sharp focus and are the colors / tone in order? For me the overall appearance of the image is equally important – I prefer well-composed and properly cropped images that evoke feelings or convey some sort of message.

In animals you often see "blurry cuteness" winning over "expressive quality". I’m aware of the fact that if your voting on your mobile it can be hard to see if the image is grainy. Nevertheless it doesn’t explain the phenomena as a whole. Personal preferences seem to have a strong impact in duels.

Unfortunately Pixoto has no quality restrictions on the site because they say it would kind of "defeat the purpose"... The images that voters like the best (or for some other reason feel earns to be voted for) get the highest scores – sometimes regardless of the image’s technical and overall appearance. Personally I think this is kind sad and certainly it’s not helping anyone to evolve.
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I totally agree. However one gets an idea of what the public who is interested in photography appreciates most. There are lots of pictures here with high scores which are in very bad taste from an aesthetic point of view. Nevertheless they reflect a general opinion.Their message appeals to many. Take for instance the portraits of women who look like plastic painted dolls, ridiculous make up and all. Or the plastified flowers sprinkled with perfect water drops. Or the over-saturated sunsets and sunrises. Subtlety is more difficult to appreciate, it seems.
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I personally take time to consider which image is the best quality. I even consider cluttered vs. clean backgrounds, I hate to see a pic of a beautiful flower and in the background is a rusty hose spigot and filthy aluminum siding or foundation blocks. And the slanted horizons on waterscapes and beach pics make me crazy. Not to mention the tons of sunset photos which have the bottom half of the image completely black.

My photos are far from perfect for sure, but at least I try to have the most basic of composition and exposure fundamentals in mind as I compose and expose..

Maybe Pixoto should have a page or section that has basic do's and don'ts for beginner photographers. One page with a few pointers wouldn't take up much space on a server. (Tip one...get a free photo editing app on-line and straighten out your horizons!)
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Yes, of course, basic skills and technical photographic know-how are a prerequisite of any picture. Only then one can consider the artistic side, the emotion it communicates. It is like trying to write poetry without correct use of spelling and grammar.
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