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02/20/2008 03:32:40 PM · #1
Personally I would like definitions of the challenge "subject". Some are quite obvious like "Advertisment" or "Bread" while others are photography terms like "panning" and "leading lines". I think some voters (and photographers!) don't look at the definition of the terms and therefore vote the challenge entries down when the technique was used in the challenge. Not everyone on this site is a professional photographer (look at my portfolio!!!) and that leads to confusion when a term is undefined. Perhaps a definition would help the amateur learn more about what the photo should really consist of.
02/20/2008 03:38:55 PM · #2
That's one of the resons I suggested DPC Glossary, but I guess since it wasn't a rant nobody replied.
02/20/2008 03:44:38 PM · #3
I agree. I have been going through the leading lines shots for voting, and noticed that there are a small number of photographers who may have misunderstood the assignment. Soooo -- better definitions would help both the new photographers and the new voters to understand the challenge. (I'm kinda' new here, and I actually did Google searches on both 'panning' and 'leading lines,' so I could better understand the techniques I was voting on. Definitions would have helped me.)
02/20/2008 04:10:58 PM · #4
People who ignore the details now will still ignore the details when they are presented better.

It may help a few though.
02/20/2008 05:31:14 PM · #5
I agree that defintions might be helpful. If it's right there in front of someone, there's a better chance it would get read. I know I gave out some lower then I normally would scores on panning and leading lines. The first criteria I use when I score or judge (here and of the DPC) is the topic and how well the photo fits it. Then other criteria (focused, compositon, lighting, artistic merit, etc.)
04/08/2008 07:30:47 AM · #6
I'm new to dpc but one thing that does stand out is the descriptions for the challenges could do with a little more info, mainly so voters (and contributors) understand the challenge. Lots of people will do some investigation before voting/submitting but I do get the feeling that lots of people do not.

There are always lots of discussions on the board as to what does and does not fit the challenge and I think this could be reduced by better challenge descriptions ... IMHO :)
04/08/2008 08:43:53 AM · #7
I have to agree that challenges need better descriptions, especially when special terminology is involved.

The current warm colors challenge is a good example. I can tell from the comments on my entry that some people are looking for a conveyance of warmth rather than the use of warm colors. I feel some did not understand what warm colors really were, so they saw a lack of relevance to the theme.

On the other hand descriptions don't always help. The "Beauty in the Everday/Wabi-Sabi" challenge was widely misunderstood. Even though Wabi-Sabi was clearly defined, I think some people did not read the description. They entered photos fitting "everyday", but not "Wabi-Sabi". Or maybe in that one, I was a dense voter who did not see the obvious relevance.
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