If you want my vote .....

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Not really a question but I just want to comment on a few things and maybe add other stuff later to see what others think.
1) Don't spray flowers with water to make them look cute.
2) Don't show me portraits with no catchlights in the eyes unless they are closed.
3) Don't show me a landscape with wonky horizons. Get them straight!!!!!!!!!!!!
4) Don't show me a close up from a mile away. If its a close up make it so.
5) Don't show me a detail shot that isn't pin sharp. My eyes are bad enough already.
6) Do make your mind up if a picture is of people or a landscape or a sunset.

That's all for now. Maybe you could add some of your own?
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Graham Sivills Fimis

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  • hopeful as always

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Graham, I mostly agree with all that you say. I don't mind "wet" flowers, but ONLY if the photo was taken outdoors. I have taken such but every single one has been "legit"....i.e., after a rainstorm. I really, really dislike the flowers-with-water-drops-and-black-background shots that seem so trendy.

As for the others, I certainly agree, but I have to say that #3 is one of my pet peeves!

As for what I would add:

Exposure: Please don't show me photos where the brights/whites are completely blown out.
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Graham Sivills Fimis

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I agree. I wasn't complaining about naturally wet flowers just those that have been faked
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Graham Sivills Fimis

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Also,
7) Stop overusing HDR filters
8) Do something different. It's not different to put pretty girls in feathered headdresses. What's all that about?
8a) How many pictures can we take of a guy throwing a multicoloured net?
9) Do we really need individual pictures of the whole alphabet from the same contributor in Typography?

PS Don't get too upset by my rantings. They are half serious. but not vicious.
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i agree with most, but not the wonky horizons, they can set off a shot if done right (or wrong depending on your point of view)

There are a lot of unnecessary mistakes, but remember rules were made to be broken or at the very least bent a little ?
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Graham Sivills Fimis

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THere needs to be a point to tilting of anything. WHether its a bride or a landscape. The ones I am complaining about are just plain wrong :)
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Graham Sivills Fimis

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Rules are really guidelines for general good composition or lighting. Of course you can break them, but you should know why you are breaking them.
For example, you can broad light a female face but it is a fact that you will make her look fatter than she needs to. So if that's what you want to achieve, fair enough. If you want to make sure a woman has a big nose, then let it cross the outline of her face. If you want to keep her nose looking small and petite, keep it inside the outline of her face. These are "rules" but they are there for a reason.... they generally make people look better.
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that ideally mr Graham, but I want to see your portfolio first. whether it is feasible to be my vote.
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nice one Moeng i agree with you. For me, in this case is to see is to believe. And i want to learn more about photography so i prefer tips not dos and don'ts
from Mr. Graham.
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I'm sorry guys, I don't quite understand these two posts. Moeng are you saying you want to see my portfolio before you will consider whether I am qualified to give advice? And Charlie, are not do's and don'ts "tips". Of course what I posted is only my humble opinion. I was curious to see if anyone else had pet peeves about the kind of images posted here.
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Hi Mr Graham. i think what Mr Moeng was trying to say is that he wanted to see your portfolio if everything you're babbling about is in your pictures or something. and if your pictures are also worthy of his vote. just sayin'
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I agree with most of your points Graham, but my greatest hate is over manipulating of photos, the over use of photo shop and other photo programs is beyond belief.
And yes i do use them but only when I truly need to fix a photo, but my main use of these is to maybe crop to bring up a nice shot and to re size photos for web use and on here, I love Light room for this and for water marking.
I try to make most of my photos pure as close to straight of the camera as they can be, I mainly use the settings on my Sony A99 and A550 to get the effects that I want.
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Regardless of Graham's skill I think he's saying things a lot of people will agree with....

I would like to see people showing some originalty, take shots of different things for a change....but in some cases it won't happen.
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I also agree with most of what Graham is saying. Graham isn't asking for you to vote for him. I have had a look at his profile and he has a wide variety of pics and some very good conceptual photos in his collection along with what you would expect. I would prefer to scroll through profiles like his rather than a profile that is 50% of one thing.
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Thank you Mark. You are absolutely right. I am not looking for votes with this post simply saying what I have found after voting for thousands of pictures in here (and not simply clicking to get credits).
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I appreciate the advice from you, mr Graham.

as I said yesterday that it was ideally from your favorite or your style. because members of pixoto very much with different backgrounds. there is already a professional, amateur, etc. with their own style. and that we must respect it.

now that should concern us is still a lot of members who use photo someone else or in other words is stealing/cheating other people besides the photo still found members who perform a similar photo upload either intentionally or unintentionally.

I hope you understand.
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Yes, I understand. Stealing others pictures is criminal. And yes, my comments are only my opinion. You take as much or as little notice of that as you like.It was meant to be a light hearted post.
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ur welcome mr Graham.
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Graham, I totally get the light-hearted tone of your post, but I think you will find, especially on this site, that most may find it a bit pompous (ie, if your want MY vote...). I realize it's just one person's opinion of what they like and don't like, but photographers, in general, are a breed unto themselves, and typically don't take criticism very well, especially when it has to do with what they like to shoot and how they like to shoot it. Just a thought.

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