Creativity vs. IQ ... Which one has more weight?

Started May 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
John1940 Senior Member • Posts: 2,796
Re: Creativity vs. IQ ... Which one has more weight?

David Hull wrote:

John1940 wrote:

Daisy AU wrote:

John1940 wrote:

Daisy AU wrote:

Biggs23 wrote:

Daisy AU wrote:

Hi All,

I was wondering what you all think regarding the following:  Let's say that someone takes a very nice shot, interesting, with good composition, pleasing colours, creative, etc. BUT the image is somewhat noisy, not tack sharp, etc. .. i.e. the IQ is not what you would consider good.

Would you dismiss that photograph because of all the inferior technical aspects, or would you still consider it good work and worthy of acknowledgement / appreciation?

I personally place more importance on the composition and creativity than the IQ.

Any opinions?

Depends on the image. If it's captivating enough IQ may not matter whatsoever. If it's on the verge of interesting IQ may matter a lot.

Why would IQ then become important? I don't understand the correlation

That sort of score keeping occurs all over the place, especially if there are no fixed rules, i.e., only judgement calls.

You'd have to assign a lower weight to IQ in order to reduce the advantage of a D800E and a pro  prime lens compared to an older camera such as a D700 and a travel 18-200 zoom lens set to the same equivalent focal length.

And, then there's the light level issue, and the tripod thing, ...


... but what if you have no way of knowing which camera and lens that image was captured with? How do you then assess the weight of creativity vs. IQ?

You'd just have to give IQ a lower weight so that the D800E offers little advantage. If you set the IQ weight to zero then you may allow very blurry (but artistic) pictures to win.


The image either moves you or it doesn't.  Once you decide that, then decide why it moves you (or doesn't).  The equipment and methodologies used to make it at that point is pretty much irrelevant.

I don't disagree. To make more sure it is pretty much irrelevant, set the IQ weight lower. A high IQ could otherwise move some viewers more than it should, viewers such as me. But I'm not a judge of art that anybody would hire anyway. I only judge for myself and have no desire to do it publicly.

The only photography book I look at once in a while is Karsh Portraits. His portraits have very high resolution, and he wrote a good story about each portrait. I also like certain landscape-type  calendars with great color and high resolution. I'm not talking about 36 MP and a really good lens, but it could influence me too much once in a while.

One question I have is this: have there been tests to check the correlation between IQ and overall judgement results among contest judges?


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