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Posted 05-29-2013 at 04:43 PM by Kitsi
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I am very happy to have discovered Photo Camel. I am on a daily journey to challenge my skill at presenting quality photographs. I find that in order to accomplish any growth in my skill at all, comments from viewers geared toward improvement is absolutely necessary.

I know how tough this is. When I look at a photograph presented by another, I tend to shy away from expressing improvement thoughts in fear that it will be viewed in a negative manner. I am sure I am not alone in this.

I've found that the best way to offer critiques that can be viewed as positive, and thought provoking to others is to ask leading questions, in combination with the sandwich method.

"This is a wonderful photograph. Interesting choice of colors. Have you considered going with complimentary? For example, the purple on the bottom half of the picture plane, the yellow for the sky? (on the complimentary color wheel, yellow and purple go together much better than orange and purple.) Still, I look at the overall picture plane, and I see a beautiful piece of artistic expression. Very nicely done!"

This critique asks questions that might lead the artist to think deeper on their work. It is sandwiched with the comments that drew the author of the critique toward the work in the first place.

I'd love to see something this substantial, applied to the work I do. In the first place, anyone taking the time to really take in the work I do in order to leave a thought provoking critique would be the absolute highest compliment. It meant that what I did, was moving enough for the author to stop by and spend that time, rather than moving quickly on to the next.

Do you have preferred methods for critiquing that work best for you? What kind of critiques do you prefer to see on your work?
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    JDArt's Avatar
    Interesting post. You might want to put this in photography talk to get more replies.
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    Posted 05-29-2013 at 04:51 PM by JDArt JDArt is offline
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    Kitsi's Avatar
    Thank you, JDArt. I'm still learning how to surf Photo Camel. Would you mind telling me how to go about posting it there?
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    Posted 05-29-2013 at 05:13 PM by Kitsi Kitsi is offline
 
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