Are there standards for 5 star rating scales of photos?

by deltaray   Last Updated July 24, 2017 23:18 PM

I'm preparing to go through thousands of photos and organize them and part of that is to give each one a rating of 1 to 5 stars. This has me wondering, has anyone developed a set of recommended standards for what qualifies a photo as 5 stars, 4 stars, etc. I'm looking for something that will make rating the images less subjective and give me specific photographic qualities to look for to reduce the effect of rating skew.

As an example that I just made up now, something like this:

  • 5 stars - Photo has perfect or near perfect sharpness of the subject, subject composition is as intended, light levels are perfect.
  • 4 stars - Photo composition is good, but sharpness or light levels are a bit less than perfect. Post processing may correct flaws.
  • 3 stars - Sharpness or light levels are good, but photo composition is not as intended.
  • 2 stars - photo is too blurry or light levels are . Cannot be corrected
  • 1 stars - photo is very blurred and/or has poor light levels. Cannot be corrected.

Ideally this would help me later find photos that could be corrected with additional post processing or future technologies such as advanced blur correction. I realize I could also tag such images as slightly blurry. Maybe there is a tagging standard? When I searched for these things online all I could find is how to use a 5 star rating system in a specific piece of software or how to implement one on your website, etc.

Answers 1

There is no absolute standard, nor is there any standard that is generally applicable or generally accepted. There are certainly certain situations where specific systems are used — your example list could be one. Or you could use this:


July 24, 2017 22:44 PM

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