The more I cruise various photo forums, the more I realize how lacking many people are when it comes to offering criticism. My Mom, who never wore a pair of combat boots in her life--leastwise, none that I ever saw on her--is fond of saying, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all."
Combat boots aside, the problems with criticism on forums goes beyond rude remarks. Certainly, I've seen plenty of rude comments on forums: Comments where the person making them probably should have heeded my mother's advice. Those kind of comments often resulted in flame wars, big or small. But even when comments have been polite and civil, they often offered little in terms of alternative suggestions or ways to improve.
"That one doesn't work for me."
Yeah. That's helpful. It doesn't work how or why or in what way? You see what I'm getting at? If you're going to take the time to criticize, how about adding a few specifics to the criticism? It doesn't have to be a five-hundred-word composition. Just a few words that describe, relate, or pinpoint whatever it is that doesn't work for you.
The same goes for compliments.
Awesome how? The subject? The lighting? Colors? Exposure? Composition? Post-processing? Odds are, people posting pics that others think are awesome might be interested in why others think the pic is awesome. In that way, the shooter receives meaningful critique that might help them make more awesome photos. It is possible, after all, to make an awesome photo without having a clue how it happened.
Some people claim the only person they need to satisfy is themselves. If that's 100% true, why are you posting your work for others to see? It should be enough for you to snap and view, all by your lonesome, with your own two eyes and in the quiet, self-absorbed confines of your privately maintained mind.
That's not to say you shouldn't be satisfying yourself. It's only saying that satisfying yourself does not add up to everything most people want or need for personal satisfaction. That goes for many things: From sex to taking pictures and beyond.
Like always, I'm just saying. And "No," no one recently told me one of my photos sucked. Hearing that certainly has happened often enough but it's just not something that recently happened, inspiring this update.
The pretty girl at the top is Brooke from a few years back, snapped on some kind of a "barn" or "stable" set and from a slightly voyeuristic angle... what with the out-of-focus foreground stuff which also helps direct attention to the model. Course, that she's pulled her top up and exposed those chest-puppies helps direct that attention as well. Again, just saying.
Did I mention sales are going quite well with my Guerrilla Glamour ebook? Well, I'm happy to say, they are. That's not to say sales couldn't be even better! Hint hint, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?