Camera Craniums

General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Reinardina on November 11, 2016, 09:00:41 AM

Title: Cherry picking and titles
Post by: Reinardina on November 11, 2016, 09:00:41 AM
In a 'lost' hour, I regularly go through the Random Gallery, and lift out the images that attract my attention. I often leave a comment, which makes me, I think, the most active 'commenter' of the moment. (I have a lot of lost hours these days.)

Now waiting for a delivery, which means, I'm house bound, and cannot even use the vacuum cleaner, or I won't hear the door bell. So, I'm catching up with emails and look at old photos. I know I should be editing, but that needs concentration, which I lack at the moment.

Some photos immediately jump out, and when they look interesting, I will have a closer look. Others fall into an almost 'murky blur' category, and are dismissed instantly, if they have no title that shows there's really 'something' there. This means, I may miss out on the finest photographs.

I've brought this up before, and I know a really good photograph speaks for itself, and should not need a title. However, if it is a thumbnail, it does not speak, it whispers, and is often inaudible.

Does anyone share my frustration, or can you all hear the whispers?

Title: Re: Cherry picking and titles
Post by: Beaux Reflets on November 11, 2016, 09:26:55 AM
I would never assume an untitled image meant it was one of good merit. If one cannot even be bothered or inspired to provide ..... Then I'm more likely to be unispired to look beyond the thumbnail

Title: Re: Cherry picking and titles
Post by: Oldboy on November 11, 2016, 10:06:19 AM
You can only judge a photo by looking at it full size. Thumbnails only give a very basic view, as most of the information contained in a photo is thrown away by the software producing the thumbnail, to reduce it to a small size. As for titles surely, not all photos need a title, if the subject is obvious like a car. Whether the title says car or sports car will make no difference, as by looking at the picture you can judge what it is.  :tup: 
Title: Re: Cherry picking and titles
Post by: Reinardina on November 11, 2016, 04:24:48 PM
if the subject is obvious like a car. Whether the title says car or sports car will make no difference, as by looking at the picture you can judge what it is.  :tup:

I agree. This car shot, is not this sort of photo I am talking about. It is the image, that may contain a most refined, fine art, subtle silvery moonlit seascape, which, as a thumbnail, may look like 'something in thick fog,' that I will skip, if there are plenty of other thumbnails vying for attention.

It can be a prize winning image, but I will not see it.

A title, almost any title, even 'Something in thick fog,' would probably arouse my curiosity enough, to have a closer look.
Title: Re: Cherry picking and titles
Post by: jinky on November 11, 2016, 04:32:25 PM
I look at the thumbnail and look large.Titles I rarely notice but if it is an intriguing one I might look even if the thumbnail does`nt impress just to see what it is about
Title: Re: Cherry picking and titles
Post by: Simple on November 11, 2016, 06:14:14 PM
Identical to Jinky. Only look at title if it catches my eye.
Title: Re: Cherry picking and titles
Post by: Reinardina on November 12, 2016, 08:55:01 AM
Jinky and Simple, when you look at the gallery, do you look at all the images, thumbnail and large, or do you make a selection?
If the latter, what makes you click on the thumbnail, to have a proper look at the large image?

This is the million dollar question, as that is what I am trying to find out: How do people decide, to look at a certain image?