More on FAQ #330

330. Whom should I ask for a second opinion about whether a particular photo of mine qualifies as TCQ?

(The final decision of whether or not to attach the “Guaranteed TCQ” label to a photo is always the responsibility of the photographer who will be making that guarantee. But photographers are free to ask whomever they want about the advisability of attaching the label.)

A. On whom NOT to ask whether a photo is TCQ or not:

1. Not this website! This website is solely an information resource.

As explained on the About page, never acts as a “judge” or “overseer” or “watchdog” for the appropriateness of the “Guaranteed TCQ” label’s application. As is made clear on the Contact page, any inquiries to about specific photos will go unanswered.

2. There is never any central authority that can make judgment calls about the “Guaranteed TCQ” label’s appropriateness on specific photographs.

Photographers and viewers should disregard any suggestion from anyone that there is a central authority or body that “certifies” a TCQ photograph, just as similar claims about the “Nonfiction” label on books would be dismissed.

B. On whom to ask whether a photo is TCQ or not:

1. If the photo is headed for a publication or third-party website that is open to publishing the “Guaranteed TCQ” label (and no one is ever obligated to have anything to do with TCQ), photographers can ask the editors or managers of that publication or website.

Any website open to publishing “Guaranteed TCQ”-labeled photos presumably cares about its reputation and would not want to present a photo as TCQ-qualified when it is not.

2. For more in-depth discussion than is likely when asking a 3p-cp, the best choice would usually be to ask other photographers whose work you’ve seen and whose opinion you respect.

While there is not yet in place a specific “TCQ or not?” forum, it would be easy to set one up. (The infrastructure for it is already there: photographers around the world post every day in online forums photographs for others to comment on.)

Of course, some photographers may be afraid to ask others “Do you think this photo is TCQ?” because they already know the likely answer (“No”).

But there are other reasons to not want to ask others, such as concerns about image theft (more) or a simple reluctance to show others your work until it, and you, are ready.

For more, see the guidelines for both submitting and for publishing TCQ photographs.


Photographers with questions about whether a photograph is “any good” should ask their moms.