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Canon_S.I.

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Is it me or are the standards of acceptance becoming easier? to me they are,some recent shots accepted are crap to put it bluntly.Is Mel still working for MCB? I feel there has been an overhaul at the top,please confirm this MCB,or feel free to delete my entry again ,cheers

mychillybin team

Posts 586
Thanks for your post William. You are right - mychillybin continues to grow and evolve including some team changes - detail on these changes is planned for one of the Photographers' News emails, probably later this month.

No change has been made however to photo acceptance criteria, although now the community is getting larger with lots of uploads happening it is always possible that an odd image will slip past the team that should not have. The team look forward to some more of your images!

Cheers from
the chillys

fatsprat

Posts 132
Hi William,
I guess the tellling is in the selling, if you know what I mean. Crap photos won't sell.
Karen

Canon_S.I.

Posts 273
Quite right fatsprat and good on you for piping up.

DigipixNZ

Posts 69
I agree, that substandard images will not sell, but our image as a quality site will surely be compromised to a degree. Karen

mychillybin team

Posts 586
Thanks for all these comments.

The new mychillybin photo acceptance team has just completed a second image acceptance review with the previous team. In this review Mel identified 8 images she would probably not have accepted, and why. This will help the new team to align its decisions more closely with the well established quality branding of the site.

Whilst we do not discuss specific images in the forum, the team are always happy to receive specific image quality comments by email to admin@mychillybin.co.nz; especially from such long standing and photographically experienced members.

Thanks again and cheers
mychillybin

Canon_S.I.

Posts 273
And still no-one listens,i will not mention single images either but either tighten up or go down my friends,i'm tired of complaining about some weaknesses in MCB management, NOT photographers or designers btw,but i have my suspicions in some cases

kathleen

Posts 221
Hi Canon S.I
Friendly honest opinion from me.
I think we have to be careful on what we call crap photos, are they photos that we have no interest in as a photography subject, so as an individual opinion we don't like them?
If it has something to do with technic, we also have to be careful because some people like to break the rules and think outside the square but we think yuk.

Can I ask in around about sort of way what you think is crap. Is it, subject matter, technical issues etc?
I think we have to remain positive here that the mychillybin team have the sites best interests at heart and would not want to compromise the business, but maybe they have a slightly different view. We don't all see things the same, would be a bit boring if we did.

I have seen some award winning images over my time doing photography and I have wondered how the heck a judge came to that decision, but they have seen something that they like and awarded it, and maybe it's the same here, the mychillybin team see something in the image that they think is good for their business for some but not everyone is going to like it or use it.
They have to cater for everyone, and that can be a bit of a task on it's own when you have to deal with many (from my sales experience I know this for a fact) companies and people .

Maybe you could send them an email on the images you see with some helpful tips on how it could be better, I think positive always works better than negative.
If it's a technical issues you see, write up a tips and tricks forum thread on that issue, you don't need to name the photo but you could mention the photo subject with how to work with it, others may have some suggestions to add. I don't know how many members actually use the forum, but it could help.

Just my pennys worth.
Sincerely, Kathleen.

fatsprat

Posts 132
I guess we have to keep in mind that this is predominantly a commercial site, not an artistic one and therefore images have to be marketable. They should have a high standard of quality so they stand up to print reproduction, and in order to do this have a high standard of technical skill. Lighting, composition, focus are all important elements - as we all know. But they should also have something about them that makes them 1) relevant for selling, and 2) be a standard significantly above what a novice photographer could do with a point and shoot camera. No one is going to want to pay big bucks for a snap they could have done themselves in the back yard. Customers pay for our expertise, and our design skills, and our ability to present something that is marketable. And yes, Kathleen I agree, lets try to keep this positive with some good feedback so it becomes a learning experience, not just a kick-in-the-guts-Trev!
Karen

DigipixNZ

Posts 69
Well said Karen. We need to keep the focus of this site first and foremost, which is supplying great quality technically sound images. Try smiling while you photograph, it gives a another dimension to being a photographer. :o)

kathleen

Posts 221
Totally agree Karen & Karen, the success of the site lays in the product. We give them good product and they have plenty to work with, it's then up to them to sell that product.
Fun, fun, fun.
Kathleen.

Canon_S.I.

Posts 273
Hi the 3 K'S,if any of you bothered to speak to the new owners you would know that they are new to the business of stock photography,and if any images get posted that are below par then i will tell them so,they {David and Barbie} have admitted a few have slipped under the radar.I am simply looking after everyones interest here so as not to bring down the standards built up by Mel and Rosie over the past few years.So people should still be made aware of what is acceptable for MCB before uploading images,including myself.That is why i suggested to MCB in 08 that they run photo contests occasionally,so that people keep their eye in, as not everyone shoots photos everyday.In closing, i'd like to say that if more people watched what was being posted and said something,we'd all be better off.If they loose customers then so do we,simple,so good luck David and Barbie,i'll be watching
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