Critique the Community

Submit Your Best Swimwear or Resort Wear Photos!

With With Joey Wright
Critique the Community: Commercial Beachwear
  • Submission Deadline: Wed, 16 Oct 19 02:45:00 +0000

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Congrats to our winners in the Swimwear and Resort Wear critique! Please pick out which tutorial you want from the Fstoppers Store and David will reach out to you soon. 

To be a part of the next critique you can upload any photo that fits your interpretation of the word "wet."  All images must be posted by Oct 23rd before noon eastern time. Next week, 19 random images and the top rated image will be critiqued by the Fstoppers team.

Your submissions can be posted to this link: https://fstoppers.com/critique-community/submit-your-best-interpretation-wet-images

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

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  • 271 people have cast a total of 12,650 votes on 173 submissions from 105 contestants.
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24 Comments

Greg Desiatov's picture

Huh, how does this scoring system work?

How does an image with a score of 3.28 beat 2 images of mine with a 3.54 and a 3.36? Both of my images have been previous POTD's.

Even the community scores that are in the video are different to the actual scores of the community comp.

Was I disqualified and not know?

Crystal Johnson's picture

Aye yours was 3.5. It may be that they recorded this prior to closing the contest for voting.

Greg Desiatov's picture

Isn't the voting closed and then they do the critique?

Keeping the voting going while recording the critique sounds like a messy way of doing it.

Patrick Hall's picture

Yes something must have been off with the time on the back end and you were able to submit after final images were picked. My guess is the contest stayed opened a few hours because the timer on the contest was Pacific time and we use Eastern Time.

I'm happy to send you a free tutorial since you did win.

Greg Desiatov's picture

Thanks Patrick. That would be awesome. On the plus side, the critique on some of the other images was really helpful.

I actually picked up a bunch of tips from that one.

Oh well, missed out on all the accolades on the video but all good.

Angela Perez's picture

I had a photo that was 3.36

Angela Perez's picture

I don’t need the tutorial if you want it you can message me and I can just give it to you.

Greg Desiatov's picture

Hi Angela and thanks for the offer but it's not necessary. I enter these comps to get some exposure to my page and if possible some constructive feedback.

I was curious on how the voting system ended up with the results that it did.

I would have loved to have had some feedback from Joey Wright

BTW, congrats on your win, it was a very cool image. :)

Tomash Masojc's picture

I want Joe's tutorial :)))

Martin Salgo's picture

Angela if you haven’t given the tutorial away I would be happy to have it :)
I was in the top 10

wendell favacho's picture

I want it... crhistmas is coming ❤

Patrick Hall's picture

Your top photo appears on our side as having a 3.4. Greg had one that just inched past yours at 3.5 but I believe it either beat your image an hour or so before the voting ended or it was submitted an hour or so before the voting ended and had just enough votes to be the winner very last minute. We will try to figure out what happened and adjust the system accordingly.

Tavita Tata's picture

If this critique is meant to help the community improve, you could probably do a little more good by not critiquing more than one image by the same photographer like you did with David T's images.

Crystal Johnson's picture

Not just his, two of Dan Howell's as well.

Patrick Hall's picture

We just try to pull images that are interesting and unique. We don't look at the names. Our biggest critique especially with something like this is having a good model. It seems so bad having to say over and over again your model isn't portfolio grade but in many cases that's the top critique.

Crystal Johnson's picture

Aye, I def. understand that! Could it be that you guys limit entries to one?

Yea its all about the model, I've seen shitty photographers go a long way because they have access to good models. It's really depressing. The 'best models' won.

Tavita Tata's picture

That's a significant concept to absorb and perhaps the greatest thing I had to learn after technical basics. The subject and their performance is most of what makes an image great.

Dan Howell's picture

As far I have heard, there has never been a consensus on what beauty is. You might be interested in researching the results from the many attempts in the past to bring 'real people' 'real beauty' 'real women' into advertising campaigns. Manufacturers and advertisers are actively and constantly trying to appeal to the widest audience. Turns out most of the audience doesn't want (or at least respond financially) to real people campaigns.

Nick Viton's picture

Times are changing. Apparently there is a movement to real people and inclusivity campaigns
https://youtu.be/q-EMD0C8hYQ?t=712

Nick Viton's picture

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Dan Howell's picture

Are you sure? There have been several pushes in the past 10 years with stated goals similar to what is stated in that video. That video spends 3/4 of the time on their in-store retail strategy (which is clearly failing -- look at any retail analysis over the past 3-4 years) and only 1/4 of the time on advertising.

To be clear, I am not opposed to using models of all sizes. I have probably shot a lot more plus-size models for professional assignments than the average photographer. These movements in the past that have promoted more realistic sizes and healthier model types, but they have not been sustaining campaigns and have been popular news items yet have had disappointing performance in the real market. I remain skeptical.

David T's picture

Wow I made it into the video and Top 20 twice :D

Thanks for the great critique guys!

If anybody is interested in the "how", I have BTS stories on my http://instagram.com/gosuland and a few words in my fstoppers portfolio.

Dan Howell's picture

Thanks for selecting my images for review in the video. I was amused, if not a little embarrassed, that Joey quickly spotted an issue that I was sensitive about in one of my submission--that the model was wearing lingerie set not a traditional bikini. That fact did give me pause in entering the review. I had shot the model in a range of swimwear and lingerie (and even a conceptual piece of fashion), but I liked that image best overall. Well spotted.

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