Blackey Cole wrote in post #18334491
Ok I was looking thru the posts in the g&n forum and some of the images just about break every rule in photography. I'm been shooting since the 70s then decided to take the nyip photography course last year.
It states for a photo to be good it should follow some if not all of the rules
1) tell a story
2) the subject should be easily ided
3) remove all distractions if possible
I think some have been doing it so long they have forgotten this
Yeah you have other rules like the rule of thirds but the three I listed need to be followed first.
Part of what you are saying seems to amount to ... 'When I browse the G&N section of POTN, I occasionally come across posted images that seem to me to have little artistic or technical merit. Some of them seem, strangely, even to have attracted quite a number of 'likes'' ... On that point, I'd just say 'go figure'. It comes with the territory, so to speak.
There is plenty of material in that area that has technical and/or artistic merit, however. Some of it won't be to everybody's personal taste and, if that's the case for you, just don't go there.
On the issue of rules: I think this subject has probably been discussed ad nauseum elsewhere on the forum. I'd just say, almost everywhere I see the rules laid down, I also see a qualification that says that they should really be looked at as guides or suggestions. I think they are helpful enough as a starting point, especially for people learning photography, but you have to use your eyes and your imagination to make really good images.
Lastly, it could maybe be inferred that you are suggesting POTN would benefit from community rules about the quality of what people can post. There are rules already about the nature of what can be posted and where. That's enough. There's a lot that can be learned from looking at bad photographs. I rather enjoy it and it helps me see the weaknesses in some of my own stuff and how it might be improved. And POTN is meant to be open ... and welcoming ... to all standards of photographer and works well and stays alive partly because of that. Finally, finally, who would be the quality police?
Comment and (constructive) criticism always welcome.