Many budding photographers dream of making money with their hobby, but they can’t seem to fully learn the skills and tricks to the trade. Professional photogs are often hesitant to give up their knowledge, but there are a few out there willing to teach the newbies. That’s the idea behind Kodak Winning Fotos, an app released to help amateurs develop their photography skills.
Michael Herr, the founder and president of Kodak Winning Fotos, saw a need in the photography community. Amateurs were struggling to know what the industry required for success, because few, if any, were willing to share that knowledge. Herr decided to bring his life-long passion for photography to the table and bring like-minded professionals to help teach those new to the trade.
The idea of photography contests isn’t new, but the focus of Kodak Winning Fotos is. Most of the photog contests in the past have only announced winners, without any feedback given to those unfortunate ones who don’t make the cut. The difference with Kodak Winning Fotos is that professional photographers evaluate each entry to the showcases, giving the artist feedback about their image’s performance throughout the contest.
The idea of photography contests isn’t new, but the focus of Kodak Winning Fotos is.
Browse through available showcases
Every week and month, there are new and exciting themed showcases you can enter. Perhaps your favorite type of photography is shooting weddings, or maybe you're a landscape lover. Whatever the case might be, you are sure to find a showcase that will let you exhibit your skills and learn to improve them. Every day, visit the home page to browse through the available showcases.
Join your favorite showcase
When you find a showcase that you are fit for, join it. You'll be allowed to either take a photograph with your iPhone's camera or select one from your Camera Roll. Each showcase has a different duration and end date, so be sure to stay on top of when your favorite is due. You don't want to be left out in the cold from a contest that you're perfect for, so pick your best image and submit it.
See winning photos and how yours stacked up
As the showcases finish, your ratings will come in. You can view the winning photographs, and see how theirs stack up against yours. All entries are judged on the same criteria (composition, light, color/contrast, subject matter, and originality), so you can see an apples-to-apples comparison of your entry with the winning ones. Yes, you have to pay to enter the contest, but the cost is minimal and the valuable knowledge you'll gain is priceless.
Various criteria are analyzed, such as composition, lighting, color, contrast, subject matter, and originality. These criteria precisely match what the photography industry expects professionals to understand and excel in, so the information contestants gain from their entries is invaluable. Entrants who do not win are also able to see how the winning photographs perform compared to their own, helping them to learn even more.
Kodak Winning Fotos is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Digital SLR entrants are welcome, as are film-based images transferred to JPG digital files.