Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:13PM
I have been posting for a few weeks, and have noticed that everything I post gets a rating of 3. Is this normal, every upload gets a 3 until others rate it? Are there ways to invite others to rate your images.
I think that some of my shots are much better than others, but since they all get a 3, I am wondering what thrating criteria is that is used by the inspectors?
As a photographer, i would just like to get the feedback to know what is working, and what is not, but while I get downloads, I have very few ratings.
Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:34PM
Every upload gets a 3 rating by default (this is what the mods will rate it at).
If you have an exceptionally good shot (good composition, nice lighting, interesting subject etc etc etc) then it will sometimes get an initial 4 rating. Some images have been known to be given an intial 5, but this isn't common.
I had a look at your portfolio. Nothing screams an inital 4 to me. It takes practice, but I'm sure you'll get an inital 4 or 5 in no time.
Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:41PM
This is the right place for this, please don't post in multiple forums, it just confused everyone.
Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:12PM
Just because it gets a 3 rating initially doesn't mean that it's a bad shot.
We all thrive on praise, yes. I've never, ever asked anyone to rate my images. I don't rate a lot but try to make sure I do if I download someone's image or something catches my eye in new uploads or my searches.
This image came in as an initial 3. It only has one comment/rating.
But, it has 456 downloads. I'm not worrying about the rating.
Don't worry about the ratings for now. If you really want specific feedback on your images, visit the critique forum. Be patient. Provide great stuff and you'll get the downloads. It's good proof of how you're doing
Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:19PM
Very confusing, I posted...hmm wonder where it is?
Posted Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:39PM
In the critiques forum, lol, I had to hunt it down so I didn't go crazy.
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:55AM
Sorry - I didn't mean to confuse anyone. I posted here to get an answer to the question, and on the critique forum to get input on images, but included the same question on the other forum.
I edited the other post to remove the question.
(Edited on 2005-02-16 05:03:16 by cr8it)
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:18AM
I have the similar experiences as nano (with all due proportions ) - in my case, if a picture gets comments from people, it rarely gets downloads. And vice versa.
It may be that the wow!-pictures are less useful as stock?
I still like to get comments, though! It may not build the account balance, but it does help to build the ego...
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:33AM
Same here... although I've only been here a few weeks.
The file that I uploaded on a whim has the most downloads and no comments at all. Most of those with nice flattering comments have fewer downloads, if any. While it is nice to hear the compliments, and they are probably ultimately what keeps me uploading, it is nicer still to see my balance going up every morning when I log on.
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:10AM
What I take away from examples like Nano's is that designers are busy purchasing and using images, and perhaps never come back to rate an image. Highly rated images very often have few downloads and are rated because they are eye-catching, and maybe not necessarily suitable for a lot of stock use.
I make a point to rate every image I download; I will rate others I haven't downloaded based on the fact that they do catch my eye, but I do not go to an image that didn't appeal to me in the thumbnail just to down rate it. I look at an image rating only within the realm of that particular image, not in its overall value within istock, because although the rating system is nice, it is flawed.
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:43AM
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:04AM
There was a brief time -- a month or so -- when ratings were factored into search results. The outcry was sufficient that the policy was changed.
So, now ratings have no importance other than to feed your ego, or give some gallery owners something to do.
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:14AM
Unless every user rates every photo, the rating system will always be an inaccurate way of measuring the success of an image. I'm glad that factor was taken out of search results.
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:49PM
This has been great input and helps me understand a bit more. I'm hoping no one rates my images - Just buys them.
(Edited on 2005-02-16 06:24:53 by cr8it)
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:28PM
Thanks for that piece of info, Ken. I missed it somehow. Not like it would have mattered to me
Higher ratings can be helpful as fuel to keep you going but downloads also tell the tale.
Jordan will become addicted soon enough!
Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:20PM