I know, the title is mis-leading. Isn’t every critique of your photography an honest critique? After all, a critique is someone’s opinion of your work. How can someone’s opinion be dishonest? (other than spitefulness or vengefulness that is…)
Maybe I should further qualify this. What I personally find most valuable as a photographer is thoughtful and honest critique of my work by other photographers. What I’m looking for is comments that will help me become a better photographer.
Should be easy, right? Well we all know its not. Tonight I came across Jim Goldstein’s Top 10 Most Annoying Photo Critique Comments that brought all my frustrations with critiques rushing back. As you will see from my comment to Jim’s article, I would have moved his number 10 up higher…but that’s a personal pet peeve.
The reason I bring this up is because I’m curious what forums or sharing sites photographers use and find valuable for gaining critiques of their work? And as important as which ones, why?
I have used many over the past ten years doing photography. Mostly photo.net and photosig. But I eventually wane from the additional work of uploading my photos to another location (which also have questionable controls over protecting my work) and getting mediocre critiques. The best critiques I get tend to be personally from other photographer colleagues and friends. But you eventually start to see patterns there as well, so you have to reach out further for a fresh opinion.
So, leave a comment and share where you get your best feedback!