tonylong wrote in post #14948782
Kirk, you linked to the POTN main index, not to the thread with your photo.
To get the link to it, open the thread, then you can just copy the URL from your browser and paste it here.
OOPS.... thought I did.... https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php?t=1224238
ewheeler20 wrote in post #14948915
This. The critique section is almost a redundancy. There are no sub-sections, and IMO, all sections on the website invite C&C
I agree - We're mostly all adults, and should be looking for ways to improve what we enjoy
Luckless wrote in post #14948819
Personally I usually avoid posting up for general critique on things from 'the masses', simply because of how unreliable and often unresponsive things can be. I would rather ask questions about my work directly to specific people I trust to give honest, fair, and critical feedback.
Also, I don't really expect random strangers to put the effort into honest and deep feedback on work. Frankly it is hard work to do a good job on such things. I don't do that for others usual, so why should I expect other completely random strangers to do it for me? Haven't gotten much in the way of a pool of contacts for photo work, but I have a number of trusted friends for a writing circle. I just have to actually produce more stuff to get in their hands...
dodgyexposure wrote in post #14949123
This is me. I don't really feel qualified to critique anyone else's work, but I enjoy reading other's thoughtful critiques and, especially, reworkings with commentary.
jetcode wrote in post #14949132
If you want professional critique pay for it. CC is for beginners and a few more seasoned individuals who pop in from time to time. If it really matters don't leave it to the hobbyist hire a professional.
We should be looking for the opinion of the inexperienced eye (the masses), as well as that of the more 'knowledgeable', but more importantly, ourselves. Isn't it 'the masses' most of us ultimately want to appeal to? Look at so many of the greats - they appeal to the masses, and because of that, they are considered to be of the Great Masters. If, OTOH, you like what you do and produce, and that's what matters to you, then that's great (fantastic actually). But if you felt that way, you would never look for any type of critique, and keep doing what you do. Fair enough, but you'll only be a Master in your own eyes. A professional photographic critic is only one person's opinion, and that opinion can vary due to to a bevy of outside forces, no matter how much you pay for it. You know what they say about opinions...
(Just want to be clear that anything I'm saying is not directed at anyone, and the word 'you' is used as a general pronoun, aimed at nobody and everybody)
If you're going to post in the C&C forum, you should be expecting the good, the bad, and the ugly comments, and hope the (honest) good exceed the rest. But you should learn from all of the comments, and never take them personally.
This reminds me of something I tell my kids - It's impossible to learn anything if your mouth is open, or your ears are closed. (Not really sure if it's relevent, just made me think of it. )