Funny, I have the exact opposite approach. I figure I've been developing my way of seeing over the past 47 years and fine tuning it for stock over the past year and half so I don't trust any family member or friend over my own opinion. I had my doubts of attempting this months assignment until I saw the wide latitude of accepted photos so I went for it and succeeded with a number of entries. Even better, I've sold a number of them already. So I say whether your editing approach is one way or another at least try and join in on the fun of the assignments!
You are fortunate that your husband has such a good eye. When I've asked for input from friends or family, the responses are all over the board with most people responding to what they like rather than what might sell as stock.
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Kixalot wrote: the responses are all over the board with most people responding to what they like rather than what might sell as stock.
I can relate to Kixalot's response. Typically, my friends and family will respond with something like "Who the heck would buy that!" LOL!! Unless it's a pretty sunset shot or a cute dog. But I do get some feedback once in a while from my colleagues at the ad agency I work at :-)
Thanks for the comments. Both from those who found my article helpful and those whose experience differs from mine.
Though many people who purchase photos here are designers and other pros, some are small business people who might respond to photos differently than a pro would, which is one reason I think getting input from friends and family - who aren't in advertising, marketing or design - can be a help sometimes. I shoot a lot for small business websites and so I know that even those who aren't photographers and designers are looking for more than a pretty picture.
When I asked my husband to pick his favorites, I asked him to think about photos someone might buy as stock either for advertising their business or for a publication or editorial website, and to pick his favorites with that in mind. For me, getting feedback from others - even those who aren't in this field, can really help. You just have to ask them the right questions. Ask them to think about a photo they'd see on a website or in a magazine.
Everyone likes cute puppies and sunsets. Don't even show them those ;D
You can do it by yourself but even after taking photos for many years, and selling thousands of them, I find getting other opinions helpful. Sometimes I'm just not sure which are the most appealing. As a photo editor of a major travel magazine told me, "That's why there are editors." Of course, family and friends may not have the same same sensibility as photo editors do...Maybe I'm just lucky, my two biggest fans (see photo top right which I've now sold a few times - it's editorial thanks to all the folks in the background and the venue) have helped me out when I'm just not sure which shot to choose.