How do you value your images? Is it more than just a 1-5 star ranking?

Written by Daniel Gregory

I am a Whidbey Island, Wa based fine-art photographer and photographic educator. I am a core faculty member of the Photographic Center Northwest, as well as an instructor for CreateLive and KeblyOne . I also regularly presents at regional and national conferences. I also the host of the weekly podcast The Perceptive Photographer which focuses on the challenges and day-to-day aspects of living as a photographer.

November 2, 2020

Episode 294

Please make sure you vote this week if you are in the US. Election time is an important time. 

After reading a brief snippet about how Forbes creates its top 200 most brand valuable companies, I got to thinking about what formulas do we use in our photography when we assign a photograph a star value of 1-5. Is there a basic structure to our photographic approach that defines what we think is desirable in an image? If there is a unified approach, what elements would we consider in making that 5-star image decision? For me, many of the most valuable photographs have not monetary value. They are valuable for other reasons. Furthermore, many of my 5-start images might not be the “best” technical images, but they are the ones I can connect with on a deeper level. This week’s podcast looks at how we approach and think about our rating systems for our images. 

As always, I hope you and yours are safe, and please remember to keep safe and wear your mask.

 

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