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"Nice" - A Word as an Outcast17/07/2008 - 6:46 PM
After the word "nice" has had a lot of use in the Gallery already, you can see it turning up on the Forum quite a lot nowadays too.
Unfortunately, this word is not intended to be seen as positive there. On the contrary. It's being treated more and more like an outcast, like something that we should avoid. It's suggested (well, more than just suggested, actually) that it may not be okay to say "Nice picture", "Nice light", etc.
Mainly, I think, because it's not very specific.
Now this happens to be true. Let's look at the official definition. From Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary:
"nice (PLEASANT) adjective;
pleasant, enjoyable or satisfactory"
So it's a rather general way of saying you like something, without going into detail. And that's exactly why some of our members object to the word. They want detailed critiques, they want to hear the for and the against, the upsides and the downsides of an image, and preferably some suggestions for improvement as well.
And I have to say, I do too. But, having said that, I have to add that I also realise that we can't expect everyone to give us exactly what we want.
Too many people are afraid to make any comment at all when they view our photos. They simply don't feel qualified to critique our images. (Although I'm still hoping that reading this might help them change that opinion...)
So if they get up the courage to comment on my photos at all, but then only manage something like "Nice picture" or "Nice light in this shot", I appreciate that for what it is - a sincere attempt to say something about a photo that they like. They may not know how to express in fine detail what it is exactly that makes them like it, but at least they're saying something, and that's already asking a lot from some.
Now, obviously we all want to them to progress and at some point take part in a process of writing real critiques of photos. I myself also appreciate detailed critiques, suggestions for improvement and modified photos more than just "Nice pic" comments. But until people are ready to progress to that more advanced stage, I'll be happy to accept their "Nice pic" comments. To me, it's better than a "click and run" action - although even that is better than nothing at all.
So for me the word "nice" doesn't have to become such an outcast on ephotozine as some would make it.
Have a nice day!