|Quoting Psych (Reply 48):|
Most of us understand how difficult it is to ensure that 30 odd people will interpret things in exactly the same way. But that's why I feel that certain criteria will benefit from really being spelled out - in terms of what the underlying principles relating to them are and what is trying to be achieved.
For example, for me the principle about the 'centre' rule should not be about having the subject 'technically' in the centre of the image (in a way that can be measures in pixels from the top/bottom/left or right) - it's all about whether the resulting image has a 'balance' that works. I agree that really it is 'composition', not 'centring'. If it is kind of there, give any benefit of the doubt to the photographer (IMHO).
The problem is in the first para you want the criteria spelled out - but in the second you talk about balance. I don't think you can achieve this.
Yes we could say that the subject must never deviate more than 10% from the center of the frame, but "balance" can't be measured in this way, as, in the Concorde shot, there was some difference of opinion as to whether or not the clouds provided sufficient balance.
My view is that you simply cannot apply "rules" to creative elements of the photo (ie composition). Each photo must be judged on its own merit. Some have spoken of the "rule of thirds" as a standard for composition, and yes, this is a good guideline BUT many great photos are great simply because they break the rules.
Once again, I will stress I am not advocating "anything goes". I'm saying that screeners should be able to accept or reject images based on their subjective opinion of the image, and not have to justify their decision against a specific rule.
(though obviously on technical matters, such as exposure, noise, levels rules could still apply).
Clearly there would been to be some form of consensus to avoid prejudice. There would also have to be a greater acceptance of the screeners judgement so a change in attitude for uploaders would be needed as well.
Just thinking outside the box - what if all uploads went to MyAviation.net by default, and from there screeners would review and pick candidates for "promotion" to A.net?