I've been trying very hard to understand what makes a good photo based on the massive amounts of feedback provided on this forum. I've learned a ton and feel like I'm on a great journey improving my photography and looking at images in new ways.
However, I just completely don't "get" this forum... When I first got here and read many of the threads I felt that the feedback was "harsh" and "nit-picky" in many threads. But I felt that the feedback was appropriate and helped the people who started the thread. Personally, I also got a lot of harsh-but-true feedback on my threads. And I valued it a lot.
But more and more I see a disparage in feedback that I just don't understand. With some threads on here I see pictures which I would personally describe as "nice" or "well done" and then the thread only contains a few post with minor criticisms and ideas. Helpful for sure, but discouraging as well. On the other hand, I see a lot of threads with pictures that are, well, bad receive lots of praise. I just don't understand this.
Of course photography is subjective but why is there such a double standard here sometimes on things that most people usually seem to agree on?
I've seen many criticisms regarding white balance or color rendition when other photos get praised despite horrible color casts etc. I've seen shots that were obviously set up and planned be criticized as "snapshots" when other shots that are obvious snapshots get praised as great photos.
Honestly, to me personally that is very discouraging. I always perceived this forum as having a high quality threshold and honesty when it comes to feedback. But now I feel like I can't tell anymore if I'm taking nice pictures anymore or not.
And getting feedback from "outsiders" (non-photographers) is kind of hard some time because it sometimes seems a bit too easy to impress people.
As I said, I just don't get it...