Group Info Group Founded 14 Years ago 3,969 Members
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Group Info

Great-shot is a group about photographers and for photographers to help them get more watchers and to find other with the same taste.
This group has been created for people who enjoy creating, photographing or just watching other people's deviations. Please, feel free to join the group to get some more watchers and admire other shots.

Policy: If you want to do submit, just do it! This is the main reason of this group =)
(Submission will be voted on)

Rule: Don't be shy! Everyone got a Great shot, So use this opportunity to tell the world that you've got it

We hope you enjoy to be here!
Founded 14 Years ago
Feb 10, 2010


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Art Collection

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3,969 Members
3,200 Watchers
74,050 Pageviews



Gallery Folders

Only A Dreamer by Anesthetic-X
Escape the Matrix by Anesthetic-X
Awake by Anesthetic-X
NDA by Anesthetic-X
Psychedelia by badnan
Curious dancer by jnac
Panurus biarmicus by RichardConstantinoff
Spikes by TriinErg
Animal, Plants, Nature
Mrs Fluffy by badnan
Purple Magic by badnan
Atomic Arcadia by FramedByNature
Buzzard by BogdanBoev
Temple of Apollo by badnan
Rock building technology2 by badnan
Mansion by badnan
nobody stop me, i'm going there by ateist-kleranty
Commercial - Fashion
The Rooftop - Green II by OlgaAthens
pikachu by emavalendo
Waited So long by emavalendo
debauchery 3 by DanielTanase
Helix by nikosalpha

Mature Content

Blood Bed by Anesthetic-X
Wolf Human Mutant Teeth - Painted by Anesthetic-X
Collision by badnan
Sweet Harmony by badnan
Storm Tossed Rocks by badnan
Dingle morning by matthieu-parmentier
Final Light by DrewHopper
Purple magic by badnan
adore. by clarkegi
Macro by iElaf-alzaid
Macro by iElaf-alzaid

Mature Content

After You. by Anesthetic-X

Mature Content

Violet Haze by Anesthetic-X
Seeing Red by Anesthetic-X

Mature Content

In The Back Room by Anesthetic-X
Hyper Japan 2011 - I by missyunie
guitaristFL2 by 4GottenWords
Bridesmaids by little-billie
Kiteboarding 13 by raduuuuu
Still Life
Chocolate pie by badnan
To Exist Betwixt Two Exits by MARX77
Hideaway by badnan

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Every few months we like to revisit our submission guidelines and help the newer members know what it is that we look for.  I’d like to use this opportunity to talk about submissions and what can sometimes turn into a touchy subject:  having your submission declined.  You may have, at sometime in the past, submitted something to the Group and had it declined and possibly received a message from us stating that we are looking for the "ultimate best of the best" submissions with focus, composition and exposure and overall concept being some of the things we look at.  

The question is, what does it mean to have the best of the best from your gallery and when we talk about focus, composition and exposure, how does that play into our review of your submission?

I’ll start with the easiest one to talk about and this is focus—one of the components to making an exceptional photo is when the subject of your photograph is in sharp focus.  If we find that the subject of the photo has a soft focus or it’s blurry due to camera shake or movement, you may find that your submission will be declined; often I find that when declining a photo that my main reason is that the focus of the subject is too soft and this distracts from the overall quality of the photo.  Conversely, if you ensure that your subject is in good focus and that the object of your photograph is sharp, we’re more likely to accept it.

So how can you prevent getting blurry and/or out of focus shots in the first place?  If you’re indoors, make sure your camera is stabilized by either a tripod or a solid surface like a table.  Make sure that you set the ISO on your camera to a higher number like ISO400 or IS800 for point and shoot cameras—higher on many DSLRs that can take it.  Be certain that if you’re shooting something that’s moving that you have your shutter speed set to a fast setting such as 1/250 or higher to freeze the movement.  And trust in your camera’s autofocus capabilities, making sure that before you snap the photo that you hear the tell-tale “beep” as the AF finder gets the focus.

Exposure can also play a large part in whether or not your submission will be declined.  If you’re shooting a landscape photo, the image will have far more impact if there is a deep blue sky to offset the land or you receive beautiful jewel tones in that sunset.  However if you find that your landscape looks washed out and the sky a bright white or the shadows of that shot of your pet completely hides its face, you may find your shot declined.  Making sure you have a properly exposed shot will help in ensuring that we give an approving nod to your submission.

Well then, how can you possibly go about making sure your shot is exposed properly?  When outdoors use a polarizing filter if you can, this will help to cut that bright white sky when your camera tries to expose for the darker land.  If your subject is backlit by a bright light, use your flash to bring out their features.  You may also want to take your camera off of Auto mode as your camera will often try to find a happy medium between two extremes.  If you under or over expose the shot compared to what the camera will do you may find that you’ll get a much better balanced shot.

This is probably one of the most subjective aspects that we use for assessing submissions and usually the one most hotly contested.  Composition can be broken down into a few of the following and yet this is not inclusive of everything we look at:

Rule of Thirds – Have you employed the Rule of Thirds when framing your shot?  Often if the subject of your photo is centered rather than off-setting it to either the right or left or extreme top or bottom, it can make your photo only okay.  Offsetting it to one side of your frame can often take it from a good photo to an exceptional photo.  

Negative Space – Could you have employed the use of negative space to help accentuate the subject of your photo?  Framing the photo so that there is nothing in the frame except for your subject immediately draws the eye to it and can turn it into an stunning photo—when there are other elements in your photo they can start to compete with it and take our attention away from it.

Too Much Going On – Is your photo cluttered with a lot of things going on so that the eye doesn’t know what it’s looking at?  Often landscape photos that have no clearly defined subject, where there aren’t lines that lead the eye to the subject or just random snapshots where the photo wasn’t clearly composed will get declined.  Make sure that when you’re submitting something that there is a clearly defined subject for us to look at and we’ll be more likely to accept it.

Leading Lines – Are you finding lines in your photograph that lead the eye to what you’re trying to capture?  Docks that lead out of the frame, roads or paths that lead into a dimly lit forest, these are examples of “leading lines”.  Using lines to draw the eye to what you’re photographing is a great photographer’s trick to help accentuate the subject and make it into a wonderful photo

Self-Portraits – We understand that you’re trying to show yourself off as an artist, but a snapshot of your face held at arm’s length can be, for lack of a better word, uninspiring.  If you try to think outside the box and come up with some original and exceptionally creative ways to get a self-portrait of yourself using all of the above criteria will give your photographs a much better chance of being accepted into the Group.

As administrators of Great-shot, we certainly understand that with all of the above rules and guidelines that these rules are always made to be broken.  There will be times when a photo can and should be under or over-exposed, when lack of focus adds a sense of creativity to the photo—and that all of the rules of composition may be thrown out the door and there can still be exceptional photos that don’t follow any of those things listed.  But the rule of thumb is that if you have these elements in your photograph that you’ll have a much better chance of having your submission accepted.  

Additionally—just because you may not feel that a work accepted into our Group doesn’t seem to fit the quality standards we ask of you doesn’t mean that we don’t.  Art is always extremely subjective and if we don’t accepted one of your photos it’s certainly not a reflection of you as an artist—we simply were not drawn to that particular photo at that time.  Never be discouraged though and continue to submit!  And if you’re declined once, think on the above guidelines to find something that may fit within these.  Or use it as a challenge to go out there and try to take another photo following them.  We know that everyone has the potential in them to have great shots in their gallery and we look forward to featuring them.
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ValeriyaSegal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2023   Photographer
black-cat16 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2021
I just revived my old photography group :iconphotography-universe: and I'm looking for fresh members and also some mods. So, if you're interested in one of these things, come and join. And don't be afraid of my cussing.
black-cat16 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2021
Oh, another rotting, unburied corpse. 
Dana-Gh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2021
This used to be an excellent group years ago. I visited now the "featured" collection and I was disappointed, to say the least. Not to mention that members can't submit their work... It's a pity! 
Vishnu-Dileesh Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Thanks for accepting :)
SteveFranck Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers for accepting me. Is there any way to submit picture to you folks?
alicechapman Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Thanks for accepting. How can I submit to you guys? :) Cheers xo
Twainwal Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for accepting me into the group. :)
REN703 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Is there a way to ever know if your stuff gets accepted?
LavnebDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
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