Critique the Community

Submit Your Best Swimwear or Resort Wear Photos!

With With Joey Wright
Critique the Community: Commercial Beachwear

Have you taken photos of swimwear or resort wear that are worthy of being in your portfolio? Are you looking to have your work critiqued by someone well known in the industry? If so, our next Critique the Community is going to be a barn burner!

Submit up to two of your best beach fashion oriented photographs for a chance to win a free tutorial from the Fstoppers Store. Miami photographer Joey Wright will guest host our next episode so you can be sure he will have some solid advice on how to make your swimwear and beach catalog images look even better.

The deadline to submit your images is October 15th by midnight eastern time. Good luck and we hope to see some amazing summer time images!

  • Submission Deadline: Wed, 16 Oct 19 02:45:00 +0000

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  • 237 people have cast a total of 9,953 votes on 172 submissions from 104 contestants.
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Nick Viton's picture

Apparently only ladies wear swimwear...

Martin Salgo's picture

I posted the sole male 😂

Tim Fuchs's picture

And its a great image

Jamie Felton's picture

Awesome !! The best in this contest IMO :)

user-229877's picture

Because the owners of this shit site promote mahogany, are pretty talentless, and do their best to do 2 things... make money on tutorials and YouTube ads... only motivation

Talentless sex shots get 13_25 males who stay on YouTube longer.

Greg Desiatov's picture

I think you may have meant misogyny, not mahogany unless of course, they sell timber on the side that the community doesn't know about.

user-229877's picture

Auto correct

Crystal Johnson's picture

I'm sorry, but where is the misogyny? You're relating swimwear or fine art nude work to pornography. I'm not seeing on here, nor on their YT any sort of porn. I'm sorry you're upset that those women chose to shoot this type of work on their own volition, but that doesn't make these guys misogynists. If a photographer, be it male or female, decides to shoot female or male models in swimwear it's entirely their choice. I shoot mainly women, and I am a woman, so I am going to upload that work. If a photographer shoots mainly male models they are going to upload those. The fact that there are so little male models in swimwear on here has LITTLE TO DO with the owners of this site. It's an issue with photographers choosing female over male models,and to be quite frank, that is how this industry is geared. I also don't see why them selling tutorials or having ads on videos is an issue. EVERY SINGLE WEBSITE that deals with photography is selling something, has ads on there or affiliate links. If you're disgusted being here, or that you quit it before (as you mentioned in another reply), why are you here again?

Greg Desiatov's picture

Just to clarify the rules, it says 'Submit up to two of your best beach fashion oriented photographs'.

Does that mean the location has to be at the beach?

David T's picture

It says "photos of swimwear or resort wear"

Cristian G.'s picture

Question for the judge(s): how can one objectively judge a swimwear photo on photography merits alone, ignoring one's subconscious proclivity towards a certain body type or hair colour or facial features, etc.? This is a serious question.

user-229877's picture

They won't answer

Jeff Bennion's picture

A lot of these seem to be just pretty girls who happen to be wearing bikinis, but I'm understanding it that it's more supposed to be fashion shots taken of beachwear or resortwear. So, if the picture is of a girl sitting sideways covering the bikini top with her arms and you can only see a side of a string of the bottoms, (and it has a weird color grade) it's probably not a fashion shot, and more of a portrait. Should we be looking at these in the context of how good of a fashion shot it is or how good of a portrait it is, because those are two different things.

Marc Lavergne's picture

Removed my submission, can't believe it got voted under 2*!

Was of a pro model shot on an exotic Caribbean beach. I can't believe it rated as a snapshot, will take a long time before I submit again, if I do.

I guess participants vote 1* expecting theirs to rise?

Crystal Johnson's picture

Why remove it? There might be many reasons it was voted low, and that could include quality, how it relates to the contest's theme or *sadly* those low-rating thinking it will boost their work(it never does). I don't know what was yours(you removed it and I don't vote until the end), how many rated it or what have you. But removing it defeats the purpose of growing as an artist. These contests aren't for serious stakes. Can I ask why you feel that having a 'pro' model somehow means it's better? Can we see it or you submit it again?

Marc Lavergne's picture

Thanks Crystal, I probably over reacted since I have some rated 4+ in my fstoppers portfolio and a "1" was an insult to me.

Crystal Johnson's picture

I know how it is! I have some POTD's as well, and mine are rated under 3*. It's something that always, and I do mean ALWAYS, happens in these contests. The Fstoppers rating system needs to be fixed, but eh... Just don't take it to heart and if you do enter these contests again expect it to happen.

Chase Wilson's picture

I too have a picture that I think is wrongfully being labeled as a 1. In no sane world could you call it a snapshot. I’m actually pretty blown away at the disparity between my taste, and the voting community.

I’m not claiming either of my images are a 4 (they aren’t). I ain’t even mad. But I know damned well that photo ain’t a 1. So how can someone rationalize the two realities?

You don’t. But that’s why these things are so frustrating.

Chase Wilson's picture

Heh. It’s since inches into “2” territory. But I think my rant stands.

Nick Cooper's picture

I agree. To me shooting at a beach and using HSS to darken the background is just boring. But those are the high rated ones. Im just in the middle of moving my studio. I wish this came out next week, because I have some awesome beachshots at F16. I would love to see it get voted a 1 star because of the high DOF.

Tavita Tata's picture

I agree it's not a 1 or 2. I call it a 3. The light reflection pattern on the water alone is a genius move.

Chase Wilson's picture

Multiple leading lines. Complimentary colors. Background desperation. She’s the brightest component of the image. Red (pops). Not a bad pose. Not a bad model. Nothings distracting. Strong color and tonal contrast. Sharp.

I might put this on my website just to spite the voter ignorance. Again. I don’t think it’s an amazing photo. But it isn’t lacking anything.

Chase Wilson's picture

That said, I’m open to real criticism. Any of you 1-voters – let me know what you were thinking.

Tim Fuchs's picture

I have a 1.2 rated. Its not what I consider a snapshot, its properly lit and composed. It does have issues, but i wasnt shooting for portfolio at the time. I just shake my head a lot.

Chase Wilson's picture

That swimming shot is great. Very well done.

That other, I’d rate a 2. You’re right it’s not terrible. But it’s lacking a reason to look at it. The subject seems disinterested (or even candid). She’s looking into nothing. It’s overcast (see my comment about rating my own image a 2 for a similar ding), I’m curious what – compositionally – you feel is admirable. Not a slight, I’m genuine in searching for your take.

So swimming shot is a 3-3.5. Standing shot sits squarely between a 1 & 3.

Martin Salgo's picture

I think it may have been rated higher had the model been leaning back and we could see her face, even have some eye contact, which would have drawn the viewer in more, or at least show more of the swimsuit.

Tim Fuchs's picture

Well Martin, it is a snapshot, no modeling intended. We were on vacation. But I stick to composition and lighting. Its a 2 at best. and If I could photoshop better, I think my swimmer image would be better. But I only use photoshop for minimal work.

Martin Salgo's picture

Sorry Tim - I was commenting on another user’s image! I love your swimmer shot!

EL PIC's picture

This place and its rating system is known click bait for sabatouge from fustrated gear heads. They do the same on your port and comments.
Welcome to FStoopers ..

Lennart Böwering's picture

Obviously a frustrated gear head here (as you deleted and reuploaded your image after my one comment): Try to be open about criticism and take it as is. While taking it personally around here obviously isn't clever as ratings can be extremely harsh, completely ignoring even constructive criticism won't get you far in the long run.

Ruth Carll's picture

Hey Chase - you've been around a long time. You know how these go. Every time it is the same chain of comments about the voting. You could cut and paste the entire comment stream from contests back months and would not be able to tell the difference. I'm surprised that you're surprised. You are an awesome photographer. Why care about the voting here? It has never, in a single competition, ever represented reality.

Chase Wilson's picture

Thanks Ruth.
I’m fine with the photos i take. And we all participate with these kind of things for the sport. But I’m also an engineer, so I naturally attempt to figure out and reverse engineer most anything I encounter.

Now I don’t take any of this go heart, I do try and make sense.

I posted two images. One of them is desaturated, strangely cropped, aggressive fill, overcast day. I expected a 2 on that one. It’s only saving grace (albeit a good one) was that it had in the frame a perfect butt. Still I expected a two. The second image was very well composed, bright, colorful, simple, evenly exposed, and is more airy. I expected just under a 3. What I got was (for a long time) the opposite.

Anyhow, you’re right. Same comments. Same shit voting. Same inaction. But my 1.7 photo got my engineer brain on this issue again, and I think I have a new proposal for a solution. There really ought to be “staff” rating. Similar to how critics and the masses rate movies separately on Rotten Tomatoes. Even if the “staff” rating had no bearing on anything - it would still provide a backboard for consistent feedback for those of us not chasing a free tutorial.

I’m typing on my phone. I’m sure I’ve made a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes.

Ruth Carll's picture

I'm with you. I'm a botanist so I'm often trying to logically explain things but the scale here is such a problem. The voting too.

The problem with the scale is the wording. "Snapshot" and "Needs work" are offensive things to say to an artist/technician who made the effort to create the Image and submitted it with good intentions. Leaving this comment (by nature of rating something a 1 or 2) as a drop and run anonymous comment with no explanation - it is even more so. It gets the hackles up.

The voting is not something that can be logically explained. I compete in other venues and if you want to see "snapshots" look elsewhere. I rarely see anything submitted here that I would consider to be at that low level. Here it is one great shot after another! I'm a guru on gurushots and I run challenges that can have thousands of entrants. If half are done by talented amateurs and 10% are top notch I am happy.

I have said many times that the scale should be simplified to:

In my opinion, this photo is a:
1 - bottom 30% of entries
2 - middle 30% of entries
3 - top 30% of entries
4 - top 10% of entries
5 - winner

Simple and sweet. But, I could have cut and pasted this entire comment from a past competition! :)

Nick Cooper's picture

Tavita was the light pattern to me? I wish I was able to tag people on their website.

Chase, thank you. Yeah funny that was actually the first image of the day. It was the test shot image and the model loved it so it was the one I edited for her. Somehow tho, that image got a 1 star. Probably because it was shot at f9. Its just funny to me, because any image not at F1.4 is a snapshot. But to me its a photographers snapshot. Its just an easy out...

Jamie Felton's picture

I won the free tutorial for the Published Image" contest and I have not yet received any information on how I get it. I have posted in that contest thread and even emailed Lee. So far not a word. Checked my messages on Fstoppers, my email and my spam folder. How long is the normal wait time to be notified?

Nick Cooper's picture

Lee or Patrick
I am unsure if you are interested in this or not. But I would love to see critique the community where it would be portraits of people with F8 or higher.(non studio images) I always see portraits that are not 2.8 or lower getting snapshot or two stars. I would love to see what the community does with that.