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Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2006, 08:03 AM  
Platitudes or Progress
Posted By foxglove
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I agree with that - it's hard to put into words the very visceral "I like!" or "What's the point?" reaction. You do pretty good one-liners, though.

Uh-oh! I'm in for it now. :eek: Me and my big mouth.;)

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2006, 01:34 PM  
Platitudes or Progress
Posted By foxglove
Replies: 24
Views: 3,724
Okay, why not join the fray? ;)

I like getting feedback on my photos, so long as it's constructive. Saying "What an awful photo" isn't helpful. Nor is saying "What a wonderful photo".

Everyone is qualified to critique a photo! Who cares if you haven't even bought a camera yet? If you're planning to get a camera, you must've looked at photographs, so you must have some idea of what works for you. It's good practice to think about what it might be, and explain it.

Here's an exercise - next time you look at a posted photo, write down one thing that you like about it, and one thing that you think could be better. Doesn't matter if you post it, this is just to force you to articulate what it is that you like. I bet you find that you notice the same things that people comment on who do post comments!

I'm not hoping for extensive comments from everyone (we all have lives, right? Right??;) ) but something more than "nice" or "icky" would help. Like "Nice, I like the way the light emphasizes the subject" or "Nice, but maybe it would look better from a slightly higher pov". I try (and probably fail miserably) to include some sort of comment about what I like or don't like, particularly if it seems like the poster is asking.

Several of you have suggested explicitly asking for critique, or having a critique forum, this may be a good idea. In the meantime, anything I post, slash away... nicely! :) I won't learn anything otherwise.

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