Listen to your clients, not Pixoto

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After using Pixoto for about 6 months or so, I've learned a valuable lesson: Listen to your clients, not Pixoto.

For instance, the following photo failed miserably (100-200 points max), even after re-submitting it twice. After submitting it a third time, later in the day, it quickly moved to over 500:

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...

Interestingly enough, the client's favorite photo from that shoot is doing even worse on Pixoto, which is here:

http://www.pixoto.com/images-photogra...

I've submitted that photo more than 5 times, with the past 4 submissions getting only points in the 200 range before failing miserably.

Lesson learned: at the end of the day, the client is the only vote that matters...and don't let your clients see their photos' results on Pixoto...they may think your work (or they personally) stink.

-Nathan
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Hey Nathan,

You bring up an interesting point. The problem here is that your client is choosing their favorite from a series of shots of just your session with them. They must choose favorites in order for you to fulfill their order. When you submit those same images to Pixoto, they are not being compared to others from the same session, but to images of completely different subjects and sessions.

I had an idea quite a while back and I'm curious your feedback on it. The thought was to allow photographers to load the final images from their session into a "contest" and then invite their client and their family/friends to vote those images. It could easily be shared via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc and only those that were invited would participate in voting on those images. A ranked leaderboard would be built based on the votes.

Thoughts?
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great idea
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Justin: so in other words, you're saying that my clients have to resort to picking out the best turds from a pile of crap that I call my work? Wow.

I think many members on Pixoto judge portraits as though it were a beauty contest and they don't give credence to the quality of the shot. Same goes for some pet stuff, I've pulled off Pixoto. I've pulled pug shots, since, even though the shots are good (with very happy clients), the (relatively) homely looking dogs just don't win on Pixoto like a big eared basset (like my #1 shot on Pixoto).

As for your idea on private contents: I'd have no interest. My clients have private online galleries where they can do that before they purchase prints. Also, at the end of the day, if I take quality shots, then I get referrals for more work. That's a better prize than points on Pixoto, and that's the point I want to make with other photogs who may get disappointed with their scores on your site.
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Hey Nathan,

I definitely wasn't implying that your work wasn't top notch. Personally, I think you have stunning images posted on Pixoto!

All I was saying is that the client is choosing from a bunch of images where they are the subject or in your other example their pet is the subject, etc. It's not the same as putting those same images up against others with different subjects, settings, etc. The quality of the composition, story, exposure, etc certainly play a role in success on Pixoto, but the subject, setting and other details that may result in some bias towards "beauty" also contribute to a person's decision when voting.

I'm really sorry for offending.

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