My free personal critique review and some tips on gurushots or gurushots.com for photographers playground around the world. Gurushots photographers playing field is not the only one both using PC or mobile apps service. My hubby introduced me to this site a year ago, I tried and tested it, but I did not see the point in it at that time especially if you enter your photos as a newbie. Of course, you need to register as a member to be able to join the fun, social and educational!
“Photography is a passion, game photography is boring unless it’s innovative with collaborated ideas from its users enthusiast. Believe in what you do, validation from other people is just an extra bonus not the ultimate tool to ignite your unique passion and perspective. Most times, the institution (any system) locked us inside the box and become the norm, instead of producing free range creativity!”
The name is Guru: I don’t know why they call it gurushots, it’s not my business 🙂
BTW, “guru” in Philippines Tagalog spells slightly different “guro” but with the same meaning “teacher”. Most or some of us are aware online that “guru” originally from Indian cultural term meaning “teacher” related to Indian monks or monastery icons they respect. Then in the online marketing mantra adopted the terminology and applied to any similar field related to teaching category, I guess.
How to vote
You need to work out your precious time voting as much as you can. In return, the voters will vote you back. After becoming a newbie to the next level, you are encouraged to vote back or support the newbies as well. Otherwise, you can pay your time for autofill the votes in placed of voting each of your entry competition.
“Auto fills” just newly introduced in May 2016: The advantage is saving time in voting everyone’s photos especially if you have limited time. The algorithm disadvantage for this I noticed, is less voting on your photos than when not introduced at all. Not sure how this will pan out if it is a good thing in this way.
Another New “Auto Fills” introduced in July 2016: Another autofills earned by sharing your affiliate link so here’s mine, go ahead and click my link so both of us can earn autofills 🙂 … thank you very much if you did so! https://goo.gl/ksxnSw
Newbie Experience Tip: As I mentioned above, being a newbie may not be as exciting as it looks but since I joined a year ago, I am not sure what newbies algorithm works this time. After passing the newbie stage, all non-newbies are encouraged to vote for newbies’ photos as there is newbie entry challenge I can see weekly. I will try to vote for newbies 🙂 There should be auto-fills for newbies’ photos as well.
Swaps or Swapping Photos Tip: This was a very handy feature when you needed it. You can either buy or use your free giveaway swap feature every time your each challenge has ended. I use swap if I wanted to change an uploaded photo and wanted to change it with another photo or if it mistakenly uploaded too. I sometimes noticed, your free swap after one of your photo challenges ended will not be given to you maybe due to the bug system at times. Also, if you are swapping photos in the process, sometimes it does not work, and you will lose your exchange point already without given back to you.
Watch Weekly: Each week there is often a new open subject or theme run by different guru photographers. You can join or choose any subject of photos you have archived, or you may want to photo shoot to upload for the competition. You may opt for reminders send to your emails what is an upcoming topic.
Follow and Follow Back: As usual in the social media cyber world, you can follow as many as you like. You are also obliged to follow five fellow photographers when you are sharing each topic of photos entry you have joined in to gain 25 points. Check out your profile page and why not follow back those who would have followed you too.
Adult Content: Warning! Women are more willing to be exploited in nude photography on this service. For adult content, you can either tick this off if you do not want to vote this kind of stuff or if you have kids around you. If you see such underage exploitation, you can report button provided.
Sharing on Social Media: You can either share your new entry on your Twitter, Facebook. Each share gains 25 points.
Achieving Ranks as a Photographer: Do ranks necessary? I think not; it depends on the photographs taken by you as the photographer and personal perspective of others with your view can differ. If you check out the Guru’s Top Pick photos chosen from the millions of photos uploaded to the site, you could see the photos selected got similar beautiful photos with others not chosen. Therefore, these ranking achievements is a result of collective perspective globally and not personal favouritism 🙂 from a corporate world’s view closest to the boss or what not. The screenshot shows the levels of achievement I was by the time I post this article. The more points of voting on your photographs show the level ranks achieving to become a Guru photographer. You can also unlock your each ranking level according to the game’s requirements and other elements.
Business Products Related to Photography: This is a great opportunity for businesses out there to sponsor any game challenges run by a Guru for the week.
Lastly, yes you can win money or gadgets from the gurushots.com sponsorships on each challenge of the week.
So, enjoy the fun if you’re a member. If you happen to get bored or suggestions not taken on board, why not try other competition sites online, here are my lists http://www.jenniferramirezbaulch.com/top-6-lists-of-photo-competition-websites/
*From late 2016, Gurushots added “Boost” feature to boost one photo of each entry of your choice from your challenge. I don’t know how long, but they will randomly give “free boost” if you do not miss it within 24 hours. Otherwise, you can buy.
*From the end of December 2016, some Guru shortened the “length days exposure” of a challenge from 28 days length into 18 days.
*What’s new in early 2017? They tweak a bit of the profile interface and part of the aesthetic site emphasising the level of achievements and voting power.