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I therefore decided to conduct an experiment. I uploaded some images just a short time ago, and included with the group is an image I am actually selling as a canvas print through American Furniture Stores. Here is the image I am referring to; http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...
American Furniture sells this image for me in their Arizona stores. I get a royalty check from them every month. Sometimes they sell over $1000 worth of prints each month. Yet this same image was only in 6 duels with only 2 wins and 4 losses before it was paused.
I have to ask, how can this image generate so much in the way of sales in a national company's warehouse stores, yet do so poorly in duels against images that in my mind are very novice looking in their quality.
The only reason I can think of for this kind of performance is that the people voting are not actually looking at the image quality. They may be simply picking winners at random just for the purpose racking up credits. If my speculation is correct then something needs to be done because these duels are meant to determine the visibility of an image in the site's search results, which matters a lot to me since I make my living selling my artwork.
When I vote in the duels I actually look at the competing images for at least 10 seconds or more. What I look for are the 3 C's of imagery; Composition, Color Balance and Tonal distribution, and Clarity. For me the Composition and Clarity are the two that decide which one I will pick as the winner. If the image is out of focus or has bad composition then the color or gray tones of it won't matter. If I see a duel in which both images are bad quality then I skip the duel entirely. I will not choose a winner if the quality is bad, period. In some duels I have actually commented on what needs to be improved.
I also look for signs of an image possibly being stolen or infringing on copyrights. I have actually reported several images for copyright violations.
But by the results I am getting from my own images in the duels I serious wonder if the voters are even looking at my images objectively and might even be voting totally randomly, which is not right.
Right now I am only submitting my older stock photos to the duels. Some of them are 9 years old, but are still good sellers at the stock agencies I belong to. If I continue to see this sheer randomness of voting on my images then I will not keep very many on this site.
I'm also not here to simply get "wow" type comments either. I am here to see if my images are marketable through this site, and I cannot do that if voters are not taking the duels seriously.