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Constructive criticism


My business needs an excellent camera to show every close up detail so that led me to try photography in other areas since I had professional equipment.
I am always trying to improve but there is so much to learn and so little time.
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Constructive criticism

23 Jun 2019 10:48AM   Views : 366 Unique : 212

I dont put photos here often because it is embarrasing to be told attempts are crazy or other negative criticism. I am a novice, tring to improve and welcome constructive help. Some have been wonderful and I have learned from them, others are arrogant and insulting.
Please be considerate of feeble attemts at photography.


sparrowhawk Plus
10 276 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2019 7:31PM
you should not let people put you off if your work pleases you then job done !! best wishes steve

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saltireblue Plus
9 9.4k 35 Norway
24 Jun 2019 1:22PM
Hi Marilyn,

I find myself a little confused by your comment about negative criticism. Having looked through your uploads, I cannot find one instance of arrogance or insults. Many of your uploads are to the Critique Gallery, and there at least you have only received positive help.

If I have missed something, please let me know where the negative comment(s) is/are.

As sparrowhawk says, as long as you enjoy looking at your own images, and are pleased with them, then any other opinion is irrelevant.
I agree all the comments in the past have been so appreciated and helpful but after one of the criticisms, I felt very embarrassed for posting such a terrible photo and took it down. It was never meant as anything but a sample of attempts that I did not think were "crazy" but anyway, can we drop it now? When I put it in a bog, I did not think it would gather further attention.
You all are so professional that it is scary to put up a photo. I want assistance more than criticism. I know I am not great at this but enjoy never the less. I dont give up easily.
Thanks again for your concerns, Marilyn
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2019 9:28PM
Oh dear, what a can of worms. I'm sorry if my comment offended you. in the Critique Team we are all volunteers, all of us still learning all the time. We aim to give honest, constructive advice, to help people to gain a structure, to understand what they are doing and to do it better.

We don't flatter, but we certainly don't want to put people off. I will say that I have learned my digital photography on this site, through honest opinions expressed.

The gist of my advice was to get to understand the camera settings and what they do first, rather than launching into techniques such as HDR and image-stacking, and I would stick with that. Get to grips with the settings that will give you what you want, and how they interact.

It wasn't a terrible upload, it was something to learn from, that's the important thing.

The best approach I think is to ask specific questions - this is what I am aiming for here, how do I set about achieving the right result? How could my settings / camera technique / composition be improved? We can help there. So I hope we shall see you again.

dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
24 Jun 2019 10:29PM
An important point about CG posts is that if we know a shot is about trying out a technique on a scene that doesn't matter, we can confine ourselves to the technical side... The more you can tell us, the more we can help, rather than wandering off at a tangent.

And we're always willing to suggest sources of information if we can't give detail ourselves.
Thank you all. I will just move on and keep trying. I am putting it behind me.
col.campbell 15 1.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2019 6:42PM
Oh dear, sounds like you've felt a bit 'stung' by a comment. But please try not to feel downhearted - in the past I've received genuine criticism which stung me a little.

Besides specific questions, which the critique team have always answered, I have sometimes uploaded my better efforts for critique; my thinking being that I can improve on my best with that help. And yes, critique can sting, especially if it was one of your better efforts! But I have always found critique on this website to be honest and in good faith, and almost always constructive.

So, don't be downhearted, and don't say things like 'feeble attempts at photography'. It's for your enjoyment first and foreign, and I hope you continue to do just that.
4 Jul 2019 3:55AM
Shows how different we all are....
I upload my photos to let people see how a specific camera does under various conditions, not to show my artistry
(if any exists at all Wink
On this particular website I decided to show what can be accomplished by a VERY inexpensive used point and shoot
camera. (I paid $7 for it). No post-processing except for straightening horizons and eliminating stray items on the edges.
I realize there are many out there who have little, if any, cash to invest in equipment but would still like to take photos.
Everyone doesn't have the thousands of dollars many on this website spend to accomplish their goals.
I have been taking photos for 67 years now and probably haven't improved much, but I treasure those photos I have
taken over the years and don't ask for "help". When I needed info, I used to borrow photography books from the library
(in fact several libraries), and now have access to unlimited sites on the Web to glean info if I so choose.
As others have said above, my efforts are initially for MY pleasure as a hobby, but I share some online just in case
others might enjoy them as well.
Enjoy your photographic experiences. Hopefully you will have as many years as me to enjoy them all and be able to reminisce
in later years.
I do not look at the comments in general as criticism. Once in a blue moon, someone puts the criticism in a way that feels like critism instead of useful constructive criticism. I'm sure that she meant no harm and thought she was being helpful so I definitely took it wrong. I seriously am over it. I just have not had time to post photos.
In the past, I have never taken offense and learned from what others have helped me with. thei is the most informative site I have ever been on.
I will continue to try new things and look for critiques as in the past. I just need to let the mentors know that it is about the experimentation and not the photo itself.
I was trying on a tripod to change the focus points to get the entire photo in focus and then merge the photos. I will continue trying it because it is fun to try new things. I also have been trying to stack 6 photos by changing focus on 3 and exposure on 3, then stacking and merging. Some have looked pretty good. Anyway, will continue playing with it since I am just a hobbist, not trying to make a book or sell anything. Smile
dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
5 Jul 2019 8:07AM
I've only tried focus stacking once - it was an interesting experiment, and the result was worth the trouble. I'd never even considered combining it with HDR processing to control high constrast. I wonder what the process is for that?

Is it to combine all the shots at each exposure, producing two or more HDR images which you focus stack, or the other way round, stacking, then doing the HDR?
Creating the HDR then the focus stack. I have a cousin, Professional videographer and photographer) with a computerized contraption that does both attached to a tripod. This crazy computer thing also did automatic panoramas! He just set the computer to how many shots and the area and the computer moves the camera by itself. It was a facinating trip so I am just experimenting when I get time. Unfortunately, I have a business to run and dont get much time for my fun stuff.
I love otdoor art events and when I see the amazing photos, I am always asking questions. It seems like having everything in focus is what many photographers are doing now. Interesting, right?
Next time I post one, I will definitely be showing the attempt, not the art. LOL
dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
5 Jul 2019 7:15PM
Certainhly, landscape photograpehrs often opt for maximum depth of field, Marilyn.

For portraits, at least some of the time, it can be really interesting ot go to the opposite exteme - a tight head shot at f/1.4 on an 85mm lens will have only a millimetre or so of sharpness, making focus absolutely critical - and there are now 105mm f/1.4 and similar (big, heavy) lenses for even more out-of-focus backgrounds.

Creative choices, all the time...

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