How to deal with crits
Crits.............how does one deal with them?How does one learn from them.Starting point is this.Most crits are subjective by there very nature.I like it...i dont like it...i could have done better.
The fact that someone has taken the time to comment on a shot presented...good bad or indifferent is as a photographer a starting point.Something we have put up on show has been noticed.Has to be better than posting in adfinitum and getting no responce.Might just as well hang up the camera and take up another hobby.
Comments in whatever form they might be......i like it and have nothing more to say about it...or i think you had your camera back to front..........whatever the comment may be...Take the comment on the chin...good bad indifferent even downrigth stupid.
The people after all are our market....Bottom line is this...if we were all super stars in our art we would not be posting work here.So take the crit....learn from it...laugh at it ...or discount it.But post post post and never take the crits personally.
as much as i have thrown my toys out of my cot at comments posted on any creation of mine at the time i have come to learn that i have learnt more from crits than from I LIKE IT.And most times my harshest critics actually know what they are talking about.
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I brought this up earlier, if people recorded there intent when posting a photo - wanted shallow depth, wanted an old vintage look, they wanted grain, wanted shadow etc. it would so much easier to provide some feedback, most sites were you post in a critique section without asking what you want critiqued will delete your post.17 May 2012
Unless we head towards this, I can only assume people want sunshine and not the truth in most cases.
I've always believed that feedback should be honest and your own opinion but I do believe in constructive criticism - a well meant critique intended to help someone improve! As photography like any form of art, is subjective, we are not all going to agree on the same things. However, if the photograph is 'technically' incorrect then it is helpful for others to feed back as such and provide suggestions for solutions to improve next time. To simply criticise something because you do not like it is not constructive and is simply rude. If people get put off by constructive criticism then I agree with Frank and they should get out of the kitchen because nobody learnt anything by continuously being told they are doing well when clearly they are not...by the same token though, people posting feedback need to be aware of how they write comments as the language barrier is becoming very evident.17 May 2012