So… somebody doesn’t like your photo!
Better call it a day and quit then?
…or maybe read this first!!
The first thing I want to say here is this… Why are you taking photos? Who are you taking photos for?
So, who am i first and foremost taking photos for? ME, after that its great if someone else likes my photographs.
A friend of mine, stopped entering club competitions because, they were continually receiving bad marks. I can appreciate that its disheartening to be told your image (which you like) is not good, but who really lost out by my friend not entering the competitions? I can tell you it wasn’t the judge, or the other members… no it was my friend that lost out. Along with scores would come some critique, a reason for the score, and potentially a lesson to be learnt.
“oh well that’s just one persons opinion, another judge might rate it differently”
An image I chucked in at the end was one I created for a Kelso Camera Club competition simply entitled “Rain”. After seeing some of the amazing photographs displayed I considered on several occasions asking the projectionist to remove it, fearing it was a bit out of place in such a critique as it was a simple image that had been created from scratch. However I was astonished to be told, this was one of my best images, as it focused your attention on the main part and the rest of the image was blurred enough to not distract.
If they are more experienced than yourself, don’t be shy in asking why or what could have been done to improve your photo.
But they may point out something you’ve not seen.
Learn the basic guidelines… they are there to guide you.
There is no harm in experimenting, but if an image is not sharp or has lost detail, it will be criticised by a number of people for that, so expect it, even if you have tried to be arty (sometimes it looks like you’ve just taken the photo wrong).
One very experienced photographer showed their work at the critique and said these are a range of images, I like they are not here for critique simply to show your what i like. We saw some stunning images in the 5 Min AV (audio visual) slideshow, and even though she had said it was not for critique, one of the judges still commented that the music didn’t fit… her reply was simple…
“I used that music because I liked it!”