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Pamela K
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Thank you BP Judges


I really appreciate your making judges' comments available to us! Thank you!

For anyone who hasn't seen it yet: Better Photo Judges Comments

Pam


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6/14/2005 2:46:11 PM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2003
  Yes, this is wonderful and a nice surprise! Thank you for bringing this idea to fruition! Lots of people are going to be very excited about it!


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6/14/2005 2:51:31 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  This is really nice! I just now found it but I can't wait to read them all! Thanks BP!


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6/14/2005 3:02:14 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2005
  This is incredible! Feedback! I love it! what better way to become a better photographer! Thanks!


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6/14/2005 3:23:13 PM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
  This is so COOL!! Thank you for doing this for all of us!!! mlg


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6/14/2005 4:54:24 PM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Thanks so much BP judges!


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6/14/2005 5:16:07 PM

 
Susana Heide
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  This is going to be very helpful in deciding what type of images to enter into the contest! You've already addressed a few of the issues I'd been wondering about, such as the copyright signature. THANKS so much judges for this new aspect of PB!!


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6/14/2005 9:17:58 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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  If this feature is studied it will help us make better choices of which images to place in the contest.

Thank you Better Photo for helping us all learn and grow.

This is a wonderful new feature to your BETTER PHOTO site.

Kerby


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6/15/2005 5:07:00 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I think it's a great idea! We asked about it a couple years ago, but they weren't in a position to do it then. Nice to see it finally happen!


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6/15/2005 5:42:41 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  This has been really good! I have taken some steps also, I don't know if it is right but I have stopped signing my photos. Is there anyone that can tell me if they think that it makes a difference?? Thanks....


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6/15/2005 12:22:50 PM

 
Pamela K
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  I'm not a judge, but I think that the way you had been signing your pictures, with a small stamp in the corner, was fine. I've always put a small copyright in an inconspicuous corner of my photos. I try to match the color scheme so that the signature is not too distracting. According to the contest suggestions, the judges don't mind small copyright signatures as long as they aren't prominent and distracting from your image. I've gotten finalists and winners with my small signatures.

Pam


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6/15/2005 1:16:47 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2005
  What I'm not sure about is titling. For example, you make this terrific panel image and put a title underneath it. HUM? Should we NOT be doing this? I didn't read anywhere in the suggestions about that one subject. If we shouldn't be doing this, then I need to stop. Does anyone know the answer to this? Thanking you in advance.


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6/15/2005 1:38:51 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  Laura, maybe this will answer your question about titles on pictures...

Judges comment: "...to consider this in the contest you need to delete the printing. Only a small copyright/signature is allowed."

Here's the link to the picture and comment: http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/Discussiondetail.asp?threadID=263214


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6/15/2005 2:02:58 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/8/2005
  Thanks for that information. I'll go back and delete wording on some of my photos and maybe even re-do them and re-submit! :>)


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6/15/2005 2:09:38 PM

 
KHAWLA Haddad
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  Thank you BP For adding this new adition to the site love it that we can have feed back to help us do better job I m sure I be up all night tonight reading all them LOL have wonderful night everyone !


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6/15/2005 2:59:04 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/7/2004
  Thanks BP for this new section. I'm wondering how it works though. How do you get comments from the judges, do they pick random photos, or do you start a discussion on one? Just wondering...


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6/15/2005 3:07:21 PM

 
Pamela K
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  They just comment on pictures that catch their eyes, but they have a section in discussion where you can see all the photos they've commented on. I think BP is planning to have a feature where you can pay for an instructor's critique of individual photos, but this is just a free glimpse into the judges' minds.They may or may not comment on your photos, but the comments they leave on other photos will help us all see what they're looking for. If you go to their about page you can see what they're trying to do.

Pam


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6/15/2005 3:19:05 PM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  I wish that they could like approve someones stamp so we might have an idea what stamp we could use. Until I see one that they might deem OK I am not signing anymore. :(
Melissa


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6/15/2005 3:19:21 PM

 
Pamela K
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  Here's what it says on their suggestions page:

"We certainly support putting your own copyright symbol on your photos. However, if you are going to do this, try to keep the signature and copyright symbol from becoming too distracting. One trick is to color your font so that it works harmoniously with the other colors in your photo. Help your viewer keep his eye on your main subject."

I think if you don't notice the signature right off when you look at the photo, then it's fine. If the signature catches your eye before the main subject, then it's too much. I think the size of your signature is probably fine. Just try coloring it so it blends with the picture and doesn't draw your eye away from the main subject.

Pam


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6/15/2005 3:26:51 PM

 
Kimberly J. Whipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/10/2005
  I am so excited to have the judges giving comments on our photos! What a fabulous way to learn. Thank you judges for your time.


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6/15/2005 3:44:17 PM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/30/2005
  WOW..This is VERY cool. I just went & looked through some of the threads & I think this will help tremendously....Thank you BP judges!!!:)


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6/15/2005 6:43:10 PM

 
Diane  Addonizio
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  Thank you for your feed back on my photo 'Different Direction'. it is greatly appreciated!!!


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6/16/2005 11:23:19 AM

 
Kristie M. Conte   Well, I have to say I'm not so sure I like this idea. I've been watching these posts over the last week or so. I thought the purpose was to comment on a photo that caught the judges eye but now I see that they're actually commenting on entire galleries at a time. Does this mean that we'll be able to anticipate just who will win each month? I'm just wondering if they're planning to go through everyone's gallery to give them a personal and free critique.


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6/20/2005 7:08:26 AM

 
Pamela K
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  I don't think they're going through galleries. As I Jim posted once in a Q&A, the last stage of the judging process involves looking at each person's entries for the month that have made it through the initial screening as a group. They do this so that only your best entries for the month get recognized. If it was done on a photo-by-photo basis, the professional photographers would probably have a huge edge, so your last competition is against yourself. All of the comments I've seen that have been on multiple photos by the same individual have only been on last month's entries, not the entire gallery.

We might be able to anticipate that these individuals will at least get a finalist, but I don't know if we'll be able to anticipate winners. Also, they're supposed to announce this tomorrow anyway, so it wouldn't be that much of a give-away.

Pam


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6/20/2005 8:05:16 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Great answer, Pamela. Right on target.

Here is another recent Q&A thread on the topic of photographs being judged in groups.

And thanks again for all of your positive feedback. We knew you'd like it but had no idea how strong the response would be. Let's just hope it doesn't push us beyond the June 21st deadline... wait a minute... that's tomorrow. Yikes!

You guys have fun - I have to get back to work :)


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6/20/2005 1:08:26 PM

 
Pamela K
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  Thank you, Jim, both for your answer here and for all your hard work! I really like the way this contest works.

Pam


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6/20/2005 3:17:14 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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  I too am very excited about this new forum.. To get a little insight into what makes a great shot and what can hold one back is so beneficial to us.. For the longest time I have felt that a bit of feedback on the reasons an image has won (not finalist) but a win, would also be nice.. like just a short comment on what qualities really stand out would help as well.. But this is certainly the next best thing.. Thank you Jim for making this available to us.. It can do nothing but help us improve...
Kara H.


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6/20/2005 4:37:12 PM

 
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