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definitely noticed this forum has been less active than usual. Ive always loved when people give me feedback, b/c ultimately I may miss something, and its good to get other sets of eyes to give me other points of views. Id rather have 5 people critical of my pictures, than 20 "great shots" posts. Its all about improving for me.
Thanks for contributing YOUR comments to this discussion.
"Another set of eyes" can be helpful to see things missed.
"Another POV" or opinion can be helpful to get oneself to consider a different POV about a topic or photo issue.
That is why I think people should not say "That is a bad photo" but rather: "As I see it..."
Unfortunately, since the people who participate in a forum like this rarely ever meet or speak with one another, the comments can be misread and the tone misread too.
By the way, when I write "Good job" or "Great Job" I do so after thinking about the image and WHAT I think could be done differently IF I were the photographer, with their skill, situation, tools, and goal. I only write it when I think it is a good photo for that photographer AND a good photo to view/share/see.
I think that is important IN THIS FORUM because there are so many people here of different levels of experience or skill in photography. While there are many "pros" on this forum, there are also many people just learning how to make photos (and apparently that includes a lot of the "pros" here too).
So, I think it is a matter of understanding something about what the photographer is doing, their goals, and their skills/experience/abilities in addition to how the image itself strikes me. Of course I expect there are others here with a very different POV on this issue.
So, I may see a highly skilled amateur who has a low priced camera taking pictures of their kid and the photo may warrant a "good job" comment from me, while another photographer who has expensive kit, is positioned as a pro, and may have posted much better photos in the past, would not get the same "good job" comment from me, because I believe they could do much better (and have in the past).
As an example, I often see photos posted by Charlie Shugart (travel photos from the 1970s) that strike me as EXCELLENT images for travel photos. It is often not because I see a perfect exposure (some are dark, but made with slide film and natural harsh sunlight...unposed), or brilliant color (many are in BW), it is OFTEN because I can see how he connected with the subjects or shows us something that seems to me to be authentic to the people in the photo (not staged) and that strikes me as being "real" and without pretense (as some modern travel photos seem to be).
I hope these comments help and encourage you and others who may read my comments here.