Monday, January 19, 2009

Critique?

It has been suggested that we critique each others pictures.

This, to me, is a touchy subject.

While I see many benefits in doing so, I am afraid some people won't post because they don't want to be put down for their efforts. I really wanted this group to be open to ANYONE of ANY skill level--I want EVERYONE to feel welcome and accepted.

Are there some good guidelines we can put for this so we can build each other up and still get some pointers?? I would really love feedback and ideas on this one. Am setting up a poll on the side...do you think we should critique or not?

10 comments:

Janelle said...

I am one of the "lower" skill level types, and I also only have a "point and shoot" camera...nothing fancy, no cool lenses, so I am a little skittish about making my photos available for critiquing. That said, a lot of people have expressed that their resolution has something to do with becoming a better photographer, or improving/learning about the art in some form or another. Critiquing can help with that.

I think we're all in the same boat. We are all photographers of some sort or another. We all respect the varied challenges of getting the right shot. I think we can probably trust each other to offer primarily constructive criticism.

Janelle said...

(I don't think it should be required for each picture, but if someone has something to offer, they should feel free.)

Mindy said...

This might seem silly, but we could have a rule where you say a positive observation for every constructive criticism. So, I might say, "I love the composition of your photograph! The diagonal lines really draw my eyes right to the subject! It is a little hard to tell what you focused on... maybe next time you could make sure the chair was most in focus."

I totally made that criticism up... it has nothing to do with anybody's picture. I don't care what you end up deciding, but I am perfectly fine with anyone critiquing my photos... I'm always open to more help!!

Maybe we could even put at the bottom of our posts if we want critique or not. You could say "sharing" if you just want to share a picture, and "for critique" if we're open to suggestions. I don't know... I'm just throwing out ideas for you.

J said...

I like the idea that the person can include in the original post whether they want it critiqued or not.

LeAnn and Cris said...

Im just a beginer and have loved everyones phots so far!!! I wouldn't know where to begin to critique!!! But I would love some critique, so I may become a better photagrapher in the future. So I say go for it, and I also like the idea for the poster to say whether or not they want their photo critiqued.

Tina said...

I like the idea, but I to have no fancy camera and am doing this just for fun, But positive feedback is always great!

Melinda said...

I like both Mindy and Janelle's comments. To have the option, and to make it extra positive. Mine are always up for critique. I want to improve!

AprilF said...

I'm the one who brought it up so I hope I wasn't starting something. I really wasn't trying to say that I wanted to critique everyone's photos- LOL!

I agree with "J"- maybe just if you want critique on a certain picture we can add a CC (Constructive Criticism). If it's not there no critiquing.

Katy said...

Agreed with putting "CC" on our post if we want it: but I'm with Janelle completely... at least I'd get a TON of comments if we did the critiques!!! ;) I'm a part of this blog party mostly for the creativity... I'm not a photographer by any stretch of the term!!

Malissa said...

I am new at photography also. I joined because I want to get better and have subjects given to me and see what I can do with them. I am not creative but looking forward to learning how to be creative. I like the idea of putting a "CC" on our posts if we want to be critiqued. That way if I post a picture that I know isn't good, I don't have to worry about the critque! :)