How similar is too similar?? Image duels have become quite boring

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I do hope this does not come across as a redundant question, but I don't seem to see any replies that pertain to it by actually answering how you determine similar.
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I personally find it tedious to see images time and time again in duels that appear only to differ slightly such as the flowers with water droplets we have all seen (maybe a different angle on the petals), and the city skylines which have one thing photoshopped from them/saturation enhanced.

According to Pixoto's own rules " NO VERY SIMILAR IMAGES: You may submit an unlimited number of images but each one must be significantly different from the others"

I am just baffled by how Pixoto decides what is too similar. Please clarify.
Images like this that show up time and time again make for boring viewing. It isn't creative, and doesn't show skill as a photographer, in fact it shows just the opposite.
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LOL...it is a redundant question, but in a very funny way.
Many of us have asked this same question multiple times.
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I actually refuse to vote on a certain colourful bird and a certain purple flower if you get my drift ........ I just yawn and skip right over them.

Since the question has been asked multiple times, you think we'd get an answer, right? The typical response from is the reps is something along the lines of " we checked with the support team, and they don't see an issue".

Let me just go and smack my head against a wall while I wait for a reasonable answer.....
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It's not just the flowers.
There is this image for instance:
http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...
It's a nice photo- but there are multiple photogs with multiple images of a very similar pose- just the leg moved, or the net is further out...
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Exactly - and if you look at the report button, there is a way to report similar images but Pixoto doesn't seem to give a darn about it.....It really creams my corn because these people make money by essentially cheating.....
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Hi Dawn, when an image is reported, the decision on whether it is too similar is base on
E.g. Same subject, same setting - too similar. Same subject different
setting - not too similar. Same subject, different facial expression -
not too similar. Same subject, same setting, different
lighting/crop/angle - too similar. Same subject, same facial
expression, different clothing - not too similar.


Our report team looks on every reported image and makes an assessment based on this.
I hope this may help.
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Thanks - but still waiting for clarification on the dozens of purple and/or pink lilies that one photographer can submit!!!!!
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Leizel - please would you be kind enough to answer my question regarding the amount of lilies/lotuses or whatever they are ........ In your own words "Same subject, same setting, different lighting/crop/angle - too similar."
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Thanks for the reply - so please help me understand - are the multitudes of purple flowers with water drops taken at a slightly different angle *too similar* ? If so, then how does this photography become *best of the year* ? Surely Pixoto must look at the sites when awarding such titles?

http://www.pixoto.com/seanmarklovie
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Yes, that IS perfectly ridiculous...which is why I have a hard time taking ANYTHING about this site seriously.
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The "Best Photographers" here almost all have very repetitive profiles...
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They most certainly do - to me a best photographer should have a varied portfolio - not two or three repetitive images. It's really a joke.....
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I totally agree with what you're all saying about too similar images. It's utterly boring to vote for repetitive images that you hardly can differentiate from each other. Unfortunately you find these images in many of the "top photographers" portfolios. I personally appreciate versatility overall. Therefore I have suggested a new kind of yearly Accolade: Most versatile portfolio. If you agree, support my idea:

http://community.pixoto.com/pixoto/to...
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I think the best way to solve this is to replace "too similar" to "duplicate/cropped". Allow too similar images as long as it is not duplicate or just cropped. Anyway, a lot of images here in Pixoto are almost similar. Different photographers similar images.

Look at the images of these two:

http://www.pixoto.com/seanmarklovie

http://www.pixoto.com/ronnel.masangkay.9
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To me, submitting images like this is pointless, boring and redundant. Dozens of photographers submitting entire pages of purple water lilies with water drops shows absolutely no creativity or versatility in skill. How such people meet the criteria of being awarded *Best Photographer* is just laughable.
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Here is another additional profile that is the same as the aforementioned two:

http://www.pixoto.com/charlie777

It's really laughable but we have to live with it. :)
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I asked "Charlie" about that earlier and he claims they are all related and go taking pictures together. Yeah, and I'm the pope. Pixoto shouldn't tolerate people with multiple accounts.
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That's exactly what I was pointing out that Pixoto should allow similar images but not the duplicate or cropped one. Because chances are, different photographers will have similar image when they have the same subject.
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I don't know why people like my profile so much...LOL
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Pixoto does not care about similar images, in fact they reward it. The fact that they have that "no similar image" rule just makes it very annoying. Like Sandra said, just look at the majority of the "BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS" and you will find one duplicate after another. I just wish I knew what the agenda is for Pixoto. They seem to annoy an awful lot of users in order to please the sleazy cheaters.
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This IS a stock photography site -- if the images sell well, then they appeal to the buyers, making the photographers happy, and Pixoto happy.

And I suspect they likely do sell well -- most of the images we're all sick of seeing are beautiful when you first see them. At first, for example, I really enjoyed the fruit falling into the water and the pencil crayons. Now.....not so much. We all get tired of these photographs because we are here uploading our own images and voting in the duels, so we are over-exposed to them.
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Remember we are just contributors and the buyers has the last words if our portfolio is boring or not... It's also not our fault if Pixoto gives us an award because awards are given based on points we get. IMO you can blame some voters who sometimes vote blindly.

Cheers!
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Yes, agreed, this is a stock photography site, however in general stock photography sites do not have multiples of the same image - if they did it would be pretty pointless
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Related to the subject of too similar images of the same topic: how should you act while voting when you instantly recognize from the image who the photographer is? Skip it? I now refer to images without watermarks but for example images of the same pets that are repeatedly occurring over a long period of time?
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I skip them ;-)
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I skip them Mia... Unfortunately, in dogs and cats, its often unavoidable, since most of us have a limited supply of animals to photograph. Myself, for example - I have eight cats, 7 of which I routinely photograph. They are all indoor only. There is a limit to how varied things can be in my small house ;-) The guy with all the kittens seems to have a new litter of kittens every week - though he's got a seemingly unlimited supply of them, all those pics also look very similar, and I can recognize them right away. And of course the calico - stunning pics, but after the first day, you pretty much know whose they are...
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Ok, thanks for your advice! So far I've voted for the better image regardless of the fact that sometimes I recognize the photographer. I try to think that I'm voting for the image, not the photographer, no matter what... I just happen to have a good visual memory and I like entering into Community Challenges, so I seem to bump into familiar images all the time like same children, same bridges, same indian girls, same frogs, similar splashes and so on :) As a matter of fact, everyone of us who shoot a lot develop a certain style - a sort of trademark - so you can't really avoid the fact that sometimes your images are recognizable in one way or another. And then there's the Follower concept: if you follow someone you know what images you'll be seeing later in duels and whose they are. Therefore I've made a considered choice not to follow anyone...
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good point rather than complaining like others. just enjoy.
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We are all contributors and photographers here. Pro, non pro, amateur, professional. and if you are boring with somebody's images i don't know whee you belong. and i also believe that you also bored with your own photos 'cuz you don't appreciate others. My advice just go there and click,click, click, click, not bla bla bla here in this good community.
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You're not a contributor Charlie, you and your friends are talent-less and unimaginative twits. I don't know why everyone is tip-toeing around you when they all think the same. Your "skill" comes from taking pictures of subjects a blind chimp could win an award with. Your desire to win no matter what means you have what, 3 subjects you regularly submit? You're not a photographer, you're a disease Pixoto needs to cure. Oh and I don't give a crap if this offends you and your buddies, it's about time someone stated the obvious ;)
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:-)
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I agree with this post. When you have a single photographer who has just about only 1 subject matter (the purple lotus flower) and he photographs it center frame over and over and over and keeps getting awards for it - this makes it very difficult for the rest of us to get an award ... I say BAN the purple lotus
http://www.pixoto.com/ronnel.masangka...

this guys is not the only offender, but he illustrates my point

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