Here’s an excellent tip from one of the masters. One of the purposes of My Visual Journey is to encourage others to critique my photos. I feel as though I’m just starting out learning the art of photography, and I know there are fundamental improvements that can be made in many aspects of my craft. I wish I had the money and the time to take professional courses, but for now I have to rely on the voluntary feedback from professionals.
That said, I need to be careful that when I get feedback I need to keep it in context. I’m not inclined to put very much weight on a comment like “the subject matter was bad” because I know that’s so subjective. What excites one person leaves another cold.
When I hear “take the f/stop down two steps to draw more focal attention on the main subject and make it distinct from the surrounding noise” then I know I’ve gotten a comment to be taken seriously. “Increase the shutter to get more definition on a bright object” is the sort of critique that I can sink my teeth into, that I can out and use in a practical way and judge the results on – and in turn have those results judged again by you all.
Please, leave your critiques – any and all of them. Take a few steps with me on my journey, and help me find the more beautiful paths.