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Photography Question 
Dennis Carr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2005


Hi Iím new to better photo and Iím curious about etiquette, all sites and forums seem to have their own set of doís and doníts. I really like this site and would not like to get a bad rap. One thing I was wondering is if itís okay to ask for feedback on a specific picture or is that something I should wait for. Anything else that might not be obvious to a noob would help.
p.s. if its okay to ask then consider this an invite for feedback. If not , just a question.

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3/9/2005 7:32:09 PM

Susan Bohanon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2004
  Oh yes! That's what this site is all about. Be sure to put some photos in your gallery. But we all upload pictures and then ask for feedback/ask questions, etc.
You just want to make sure you size your pictures appropriately for the site. Those rules are given at the bottom of the page where you write your question.

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3/10/2005 5:22:39 AM

Kerry L. Walker   Go ahead and ask. We all love to critique each others' work. You won't find many (if any) people being too negative. Most everyone is very helpful. You will get a lot of constructive advice and probably a lot of compliments.

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3/10/2005 6:48:23 AM

Dennis Carr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2005
  thanks for the responses.

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3/10/2005 8:21:01 PM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Welcome to BP ! It's a wonderful place!
You'll notice you may get more comments on your photos as you start making more on others. No one has time to review 500 entries a day, but usually take the time to respond to someone who has commented on their entry. Morning is usually busier I find, and it is perfectly fine to ask for feedback/constructive criticism.

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3/12/2005 7:34:05 AM

John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  I get the Photo-of-Day, every day. I'm amazed that there is so little in the way of constructive criticism. Rather, most of the comments rave about the images, some of which I find to be less than acceptable. That being said, some are absolutely terrific images.

Constructive criticism is the best way to get the feedback we all need to help us improve our work. Praise, albeit delightful to receive, does little to help one see where the little things might be done to achieve a better result.

As to etiquette - we should make certain we offer suggestions and not "attacks."

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3/23/2005 8:06:11 AM

Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Constructive criticism is hard to come by on this site unless you ask for it. Most comments here are "friendly praise" as John pointed out...

I just did a quick calculation with the current data and came up with this stats:
- friendly priase 95%
- constructive critique 2.5 %
- others 2.5%

Many people on this site are satisfied with thie "friendly priase". Some seem to gauge quality of their photos by the number of "praise" he/she receives... One used to complain about not getting enough of them...

Recently, I noticed one photographer who received "constructive critique", became very defensive about his photo... He stated that he has been in photography business for 20 years or so. Harsh exchange of words between some members and this photographer was taken place... Obviously this photographer did not ask for constructive critique and did not wish to receive that type of comment...

So, you see, when you see this time of incident, you know why there are no more "constructive criticism"...

On other hand, if you ask for one, many people here are willing to provide you with very helpful comments and suggestions. I have seen some great comments and advise as recently as a couple of weeks ago...

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3/23/2005 3:25:21 PM

Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
The stats above are not likey very scientific... The classification for the comment type is up to the discretion of the first person to comment and mark...
But it can be looked as one type of data where the commenters's intention was when he/she started his/her comment for a given image...

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3/23/2005 4:02:12 PM

Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  PS:... sorry, I will stop after this one... :D
If you wish more constructive critique on your photos, there are other photo sites to go to... Many people are here for the monthly contest for one thing...
Other reasons are IMHO to display and share their photos with people with the same intrest for their enjoyment...

I only have enough time for one site and I am satisfied with what they offer here...
But, others whom I know, juggle two ore more sites at the same time... They must know how to manage their time well between different sites...

EOM... :D

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3/23/2005 4:37:33 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  It's OK to ask for feedback. This Q&A Forum gets visited by a wealth of talented individuals who are willing to help.

As a side note, those giving "constructive criticism", generally this is more tactfully done with a private note to the "Contact" link of their Gallery or web site.
Start off by saying what you like about their photo(s), then offer your personal recommendations for improvement. Be positive and supportive, advice which is tailored to their particular skill level, not too cryptic or condescending.

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3/24/2005 12:35:39 AM

Mike Carpenter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2004
  This site is more about friendly praise. I would love for people to give some constuctive criticism on my whole gallery. By no means am I a pro and some of the people here have amazing photos. I find it to be a great source of information and alot of fun to see others passion for photography. I have had alot of help here with problems with my equipment. There are some very helpful people here. I believe if your going to put your work out to be seen be prepared for feed back either way. All concstuctive criticism can do is make me better.

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3/24/2005 6:39:47 AM

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