I do not profess to be a great photographer. Sure, I enjoy my time behind the lens, but I’m not great at it. Photoshop is my best friend.
I’m also not the best at judging other people’s work. I tend to let my personal likes and dislikes get in the way. I mean…subject matter tends to peak my interest more than the quality of work.
That said, someone sent a link today asking for folks to vote for their friend’s photo. She’d entered into one of those online contests. I clicked the link and found a somewhat fuzzy photo of a couple of horses. Your run of the mill disposable camera snapshot. I cringed, then began cruising through the other photos and realized what an excellent shot it actually was! Which leads me to this:
The Desperate Horsewife’s Ten rules for entering Online Photo Contests.
1) Try to have your photo right side up. It’s the little details like this that count.
2) Yes, your baby is darling. So is the next person’s baby, an the next person’s, and the next…at least to you. Personally? I think it looks like a squished up raisin. It looks just like the next squished up raisin that was entered. And they’re both blurry. Next time why not enter something a little more special…photographically speaking.
3) It’s helpful if your flash isn’t reflected in the window when you’re trying to take that amazing sunset shot.
4) If you’re going to label your photo ‘Squirrel’, don’t you think we ought to be able to see the squirrel?
5) That picture of your dog? Doing what he’s doing to that person’s leg? You shouldn’t have. Really.
6) Maybe it would be good if it were actually your photo entered and not one done at a studio?
7) Why is that cat wearing a party hat? Were you drunk when you took it? Because it’s blurry… What? It’s your wife? I’m so sorry…
8) Auto focus is your friend…trust me.
9) Do you think maybe you should have had your subject’s head in the photo?
10) Do not send in photos of your half dressed significant other. You may find the beer belly charming, hanging the way it does over the top of his swim trunks, but the rest of us could do without that image in our minds the rest of the day.