Just finished reading a thread started my rsieminski asking "is good photography and lighting dead?" The major point is that the general public now as a much lower appreciation/knowledge of what a good photo is and, thus, accepts almost all photos as "good". As I was reading the thread, it hit a nerve about all of us in these photo forums.
There are many opening posts that end in "comments and criticisms accepted." The C&C usually include (1) Great capture!, (2) I like #2. (3) You have a good eye!. Never have I read, (1) They all look like snap shots, (2) Your photos are sharp, but they show nothing else, (3) Open your eyes! There's a tree coming out of your mothers head!. Have we all become like the general public and now cannot tell a good photos from a bad one?
I know that highly critical comments will get one tossed from the forum, but how can we become better photographers if everyone says how good we are when most of us know we aren't?
So, I was wondering if there's a way to have a subsection in this (and other forums) where anonymous criticisms can be given to photos? If this can be done, then we might get honest opinions from other posters and, hopefully, advice about how to improve our skills.
We have many very skilled photographers in all forums. It would be great if we can get access to their knowledge on "how good are my photos?" To be able to do this, the OP must have a thick skin to accept any C&C as constructive and the responders to the OP should make constructive C&C and not make fun of the OP.
Can such a thing be done?