Gurushots – Top Tips

Anyone who knows me, or who has been following me on one of the social networks (Facebook, Instagram) will no doubt have heard me harp on about Gurushots. I’ve been working with them for several years now. Recently things have really taken off and the site is now one of the most popular photography websites around.

I’m sure some of you are asking yourself ‘What is Gurushots?’ click the link to find out.

I wanted to take a few minutes to offer you some of my own Gurushots tips.

The Gurushots platform

If you love photography and have not signed up yet, I can strongly recommend it. You’ll get to see some great images and play along with hundreds of thousands of other photographers. Totally free – of course, there are options to spend money too if you want šŸ˜‰

The purpose of this series of posts is to give you some tips as to how to do well in Gurushots and move up the ranks faster – Because I just want to help. Now, if you’re not interested in Gurushots and have no desire to sign up you should probably stop reading here. However, if you want to get more votes in Gurushots and become a Guru that bit faster, stick around.

Uncover the secrets of winning Gurushots!

I’ve been studying the platform recently and think I’ve come up with several top tips that I want to share with you, The first is a simple one but can make a big difference if you’re not aware of it. If you want more tips then sign up below and I’ll email you 2 more straight away.

GURUSHOTS TIP #1The key to success in Gurushots isn’t a mystery, it’s simply about getting more votes. To do this you need to get your photographs seen by as many players as possible and make them stand out. One of the best ways to do this is with colour and contrast. Photographs with strong, bold, natural (or close to natural) colours draw the viewers eye. Furthermore, an increase in contrast will provide that extra pop which will hopefully be enough to get people voting for it.This will require you to process your images. If you’re not familiar with processing your photographs don’t be afraid. It’s not difficult. There are a huge range of software packages available to help you, in fact your camera probably came with one in the box.Take a look at the photographs below. The one on the right has had a slight increase in both contrast and saturation. Nothing more, but the subtle differences make it stand out and is therefore almost certain to get more votes.An example of one of my Gurushots tips

Give it a try. I think you’ll find it makes a big difference to the number of votes you get. Feel free to share your own tips in the comments section below.

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20 Comments Gurushots – Top Tips

  1. Alex October 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm


    1. Tom Bourdon October 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      A pleasure, stick around for more

  2. lynda October 23, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    thank you! I love gurushots. I just got my first real camera and I love it.

    1. Tom Bourdon October 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Ooohh new camera ?!! what did you get?

    1. Tom Bourdon October 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      No problem, best of luck in the challenges

  3. Lorraine October 24, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Thanks Tom, still following your trip šŸ™‚

    1. Tom Bourdon October 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Great !! I must do another blog post soon.

  4. Ibolya Szebeni October 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you Tom, I am with gurushots already and I will take your advice. Looking forward to your tips!

    1. Tom Bourdon October 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Great, best of luck

  5. Arnab Samanta October 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks…Dear Tom.for ur suggestions.
    If I win any contest prize money help me to get a DSLR. Guru shots is very Good photography
    which may help to full fill my dream.

    1. Tom Bourdon October 24, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Ok, well I wish you the best of luck in the challenges

  6. Steve October 24, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Tom, thanks for your tips. I’ve been using Gurushots for a little more than a month. I’m up to Advanced level and working on Veteran. I don’t expect to ever get much farther in the “game” but I find the website fun and interesting as it give me ideas about my own photography. I just inherited the best camera I’ve ever had (Nikon D750) which I’m struggling to learn to use. I look forward to more tips from you.

    1. Tom Bourdon October 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Hi Steve, the D750 is a great camera. Take your time to learn it and don’t, whatever you do, think you have to use manual mode all the time. I spend very little time in manual mode, I much prefer aperture priority. Simply set the aperture you want to use and you can adjust the exposure from there.

      All the best

      1. Steve October 24, 2017 at 8:35 pm

        Thanks for the tip. So far everything I take using aperture priority is overexposed, but I’ll get the hang of it. I’ve been doing photography for over 50 years. So far my best seem to come from program priority but I keep working with aperture so I can get better depth of field.

        1. Tom Bourdon October 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

          That shouldn’t be too difficult to get over. in the viewfinder at the bottom you’ll notice your light meter. It look like a series of dashes with a small arrow. Using one of your dials (sorry I’ve not used a Nikon for years and can’t remember the layout) you can control where that arrow is, move it on to the 0 (zero) and you should get a reasonable exposure, at the moment it’s probably dialled in to plus (+) number.

          Hope that helps

      2. William October 26, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        Just upgraded from a couple of Old Olympus E-300’s to a Panasonic G7 Lumix Mirrorless As someone who has been doing photography for back in the days of 4X5 film you’re right I learnt over the years Aperture Priority is the way to go and in most cases for everyday work in daylight have it set at F16 with the shutter speed is equivalent to the ISO I always use that as default Then (now I have a reasonable DLSR) I then check the image and make any adjustments as necessary bracketing say one f stop either way I will only change from that method when I’m shooting sports or fast action and in those situations switch to Shutter Priority

  7. Tina Wiley October 26, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Hi Tom, great tip. I’ve been with gurushots a few years now and really find it interesting what make a photo win. Having something pop is excellent advice but also making sure the contrast isn’t full blown. There is a fine line we all have to tread.

  8. Tery October 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Tom — Thanks very much for recommending GuruShots. I’m new to photography and bought my camera a year ago, but was scared to take pictures. It’s just been in the last month that I’ve gotten serious about learning how to use the dang thing. I discovered GuruShots, and, although I’m pretty much guaranteed that I’ll never win anything, the challenges help motivate me to keep shooting and don’t give up.

    Anyway, thanks again. Oh, and if you’ve ever got time between your world travels, how about stopping in New Mexico? Now is the best time of year to photograph the landscape as well as the Native American celebrations going on. You’d get some amazing shots.

  9. Judy October 30, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Thanks Tom, I am having so much fun with the site.

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