My Gurushots Tips

I wrote an article on this funny social network photography site called GuruShots : Photo Contests & Artistic Choices

I work on it since a few weeks, trying to find if I could “climb” without paying… and without perpetrating the “Bad Taste Colorful Über-contrast” Winners sins.

  1. If a challenge need 4 pictures, don’t post all of them at the beginning. Wait. One per day. Or even wait for the last day for the last one. This way seems to get you much more votes all along the process.
  2. On one challenge, Combine a Swap (change a picture with less votes) with a Fill (maximum views).
  3. Don’t use the daily free boosts. Use them in the last hours of the challenge.
  4. On the Web page, sort the challenges by date. When you win a little thing (a fill, a swap, a boost), THINK. Choose carefully where you will apply them. Read the datas : you can climb to another level with a simple Swap, just an hour before the end of a challenge. This will bring you more little tools you’ll apply, then, on later ending challenges.
  5. Think about what you want : to win with your talent and sensibility, or to win with awful “what people like” horrors (oversaturated colors, long pauses, killing-eyes contrasts, over-processed pictures)?
  6. Vote a lot : it gives you visibility, and you’ll watch other people photos.
  7. There are many other “tips” you’ll find on the web, like how to produce pictures just to please one Guru. Why not…
  8. Don’t forget you compete with people who PAY to win; they can swap many many times, for example, and you have almost no chance. Whatever, right?
  9. Think about the HOUR you’re making choice. If you think most photographers are in America, you’ll get more views when people are not sleeping there.
  10. When you POST a picture, and when you BOOST a picture, I think it pulls it near the top : you can get hundreds of votes in a few minutes. It’s why you should think about the hour and the DAY you’re acting. Sunday seems to be cleverer than tuesday in the middle of the night.
  11. It seems that the battle for one challenge’s winner gets wild near the end of the challenge. Therefore it can be clever to boost, fill, or even post a picture near the end. Swapping has the same effect as posting : it could be useful to keep a swap to activate it on your photograph ten minutes before the end.
  12. If you have enough, swap in the last hours, when people are boiling and vote a lot. It works petty well, and you can almost post an average picture in the beginning of a challenge, because you know it’s in the last hours that things happen.
  13. But you have to think about Guru Picks. If you have great pictures for a challenge, don’t hesitate to swap a lot, even if you have good votes – just to be show pics to your Guru.
  14. It’s maybe sad, but I tried this : I took a door handle with a good angle, added some HDR effect, then another double effect (a Lomo one, who changed the frame and added a vintage mood); I posted on Sunday and it got like a thousand votes, climbing to the pretty difficult All Star level (usually reached in more than a week with many “fills” to help) in… two hours! This means that the guys who win, here, are the pros who edit their picture a lot. Why not, but… these are not the pros I love – this will be another article.
  15. Have fun. Work! Don’t lose your soul, though, OK?


PS : I’m not sure about all of these. I’m just experimenting. They are maybe seeds for your own thoughts, OK?…

I wrote a Part II of this article, see the link downstairs?…

Have fun!



la photographie not good

Back home today with my Canon G9X, from the train station through a little park I love, I took pictures and I posted a few here.

Here is an exercise. I chose 9 failed pictures. What I noticed is when a photography is not good, you can do what you want : change colors, reframe like this or like that, it will always LACK something :

  1. For picture 1 I was sure to make something interesting, because of the quiet work site : the blocks/pipes layout, the noony harsh light. I didn’t manage to “resolve” it. I should have come in the evening, maybe. Or climb somewhere.
  2. The E.T. block on picture 2 was funny, but it cut the girl’s legs for no reason, and the “sense” of the image is just nonexistant. I reframed it like a fool until I saw there was nothing to do about it.
  3. I love picture 3 because it’s a reflection, you can feel the warm city mood, I managed to underexpose it the good way and the picture has a good structure, framed by shadows. But well well well : it’s blurry, and this is not Alex Webb, right?
  4. The bridges in picture 4 are great, the light is good, the guy is luckily in the sun and the tulips are just perfect on the right. Nevertheless it’s not good. Too far. Too flat.
  5. The guy with the trumpet on picture 5 was funny to watch (and to hear with is ducky wrong notes). I asked him for a picture after this one but I failed to take any good pics. This one is wrong : the trash, the light, the background.
  6. Picture 6 is like “yeah yeah yeah humans and architecture”. Could have been good but it’s not but I don’t know what to do here.
  7. Picture 7 lacks a kid or two, that’s all.
  8. Picture 8 is like too easy, right? Contrasts, underexposition, verticality. To “eighties Rayban ad”, oui? Nope.
  9. Picture 9 is the “OK but so what?” type. I was lucky with the blue (sky, car, shorts), that’s it. Pff.


What’d you’ve done, dear?

Thanks for reading!