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Take it or leave it. Personally, I'll take it, and I'll tell you why; if I post an image in the general gallery, I may get comments, and I may get votes, but I may not. People view the gallery with different views on its purpose, and that's fine; I don't see a thing wrong with that. If you vote because you like the image, or you want to let a friend know you looked in, perfect, why not? Some people take a moment to make a comment on an image; to say it's nice, or maybe offer critique and/or suggestions; that's great, again, why not?
However, let's say I have an image that I think should be presented in a certain way, but I would like the opinion of an experienced observer on the image. Maybe I want to ask an opinion on a certain aspect of the image, such as composition, DOF, or anything; then the place for me to post that image is the Critique Gallery. I know I will get feedback, and I know it will be good, helpful feedback. Recently I have posted a good number of images in the Critique Gallery; I was looking for feedback on images I had taken with new kit, and I can asure you, it was excellent, thoughtful information that I received. Many did mods of my images to illustrate their points. I was so impressed by the interest shown by members of the Critique Team, and other photographers, that it has become a great source of learning for me, and I will continue to use it in the future; I think the Critique Gallery is one of the most helpful and rescourceful features ever introduced to the site.
Let's use it, and make sure it remains as it is.
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Yes - well said. Just the other day I uploaded an image to the critique gallery and in the resulting feedback was great. The image I uploaded was a good one, not great, with faults that I could see and I wanted to know whether these feelings were universal.
What I learn't is that everyone looks at a photo differently and the feedback from each commenter was slightly different - each pointing out and area for improvement or offering a suggestion for next time.
It was an invaluable experience and one I'll be continuing to help me grow as a photographer
Quote: I think the Critique Gallery is one of the most helpful and rescourceful features ever introduced to the site.
I'm pleased that you have found an area of the site that you enjoy. Long may it continue.
I have also recieved very good advice on photographs in the past when posting to the critique gallery, an area of the site that should be recognised more
Straycat....but you have no images in the gallery !!!
The Gallery may provide an interesting insight into the way that other people 'see' (or perceive) your pictures.
Thank you for your comments on the Critique Gallery, Denny. Ideally when people post to the CG they will, to quote from the guidelines, "Briefly try to point out what you were trying to achieve, and indicate any areas where you feel there is room for improvement."
It is a two-way street: the more you put in when uploading a photo, the more help you are likely to get.
I would encourage all members to have a go at critique. It is another two-way street: it can make you look at your own photography in a different light!
I've been using the CG ever since this up/down voting malarky was introduced and voting became even more pointless than it already was.
It was the best move I could possibly have made.
Quote: It was the best move I could possibly have made.
Same here...probably the one area of the site that i use consistently
Quote: Straycat....but you have no images in the gallery !!!
You're right Mike, I deleted them recently, they wouldn't be of much use to anyone else, I was experimenting with new kit. However, all my needs were answered by the team.
In another thread, a concern was mentioned about not wanting mods done on an image. Apart from stating a request when posting an image in the Critique Gallery, will mods still be permitted even if the mods box is not ticked?
Quote: will mods still be permitted even if the mods box is not ticked?
Yes - mods are always enabled on all uploads to the CG.
Because CB wanted it that way.
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