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12/23/2015 07:21:55 PM · #1
There, I've said it. Although I've helped DPCers improve and even ribbon here by slaving away in the bowels of the CC, and get kudos for it, I can't help but look at my current entries - both sucking along at 5.6, thankya verra much - and feel like I don't know wtf I'm doing in the CC. Dare I say that I almost feel like a fraud, dissecting other people's entries while my own stuff has only got me 3 ribbons in almost 10 years now?

I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one who feels this way. I all but had to twist a certain DPC'er's arm to get her to join the CC and she racks up the ribbons like crazy, yet she doubted her own abilities to critique. Which I called her out on, and which is why she is now writing critiques...though not quite in the top ten yet.

Anyway that is all. No, not quitting the CC or DPC, just saying.
12/23/2015 07:42:46 PM · #2
When you look at a photo you have an opinion. Your opinion is as valid as anyone else's (including the photographer's). The only thing "special" about being on the Critique Club is that you commit yourself to expressing that opinion in some detail, on photos assigned to you (i.e. not chosen by you).

Keep up the good work, and remember that some of those ahead of you on "the list" are "retired" and should be easy to pick off ... :-)
12/23/2015 08:37:07 PM · #3
Originally posted by GeneralE:



Keep up the good work, and remember that some of those ahead of you on "the list" are "retired" and should be easy to pick off ... :-)


Oh, yeah! Humph. Wanna bet?

Nevertheless, keep trying. It doesn't hurt, and oh, yes, it helps.

The real reward? A dialog with some, who thank you and then ask more questions.
12/23/2015 08:38:33 PM · #4
I said "some", not "all" for a reason ... :-)

I did get the rest of it right though, right?

Message edited by author 2015-12-23 20:39:28.
12/23/2015 08:44:36 PM · #5
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I said "some", not "all" for a reason ... :-)

I did get the rest of it right though, right?


well, I wouldn't go that far out on a limb.
:)
12/23/2015 09:27:16 PM · #6
Welcome to the club! ;) But you are in good company. The feeling comes and goes?

http://startupbros.com/21-ways-overcome-impostor-syndrome/ Eta: Another recent read http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/your-money/learning-to-deal-with-the-impostor-syndrome.html?_r=0

Message edited by author 2015-12-23 21:30:15.
12/23/2015 10:45:41 PM · #7
Originally posted by Techo:

The feeling comes and goes?

Dang, that's a line from a song I'm learning ... :-)
12/24/2015 03:24:15 PM · #8
You don't have to be a ribbon hog or a Pulitzer prize winning photog to critique a photo.

All you need is an opinion, the ability to express it, and why as it pertains to an image.

I have gotten comments from people whose scores indicate, in a facile manner, that they're nowhere near my skills, abilities, and experience. Harrumph!

When I'm done being pissy, I realize that their critiques were very often, spot on.

If you offer up an image to the CC, it's because that pertson specifically wants someone else's perspective, and suggestions as well.

Carry on!
12/24/2015 05:32:36 PM · #9
I got this very nice pm from someone whose images I critique regularly:

Accidently i read a thread where the message you have written was a reflection about you as a DPC vs your success. Well my point is that you have a unique talent in both as photographer expert and coaching. I review your portfolio and Wow. What I saw is very impressive. Your feeling is the same as I have shared with you last year and your told me that critics is One thing but the most important thing is to keep this passion and if you maintain it, it will transpparate in your photography.

Susan you are an expert photographer and One of the best DPC writer that boost our passion.


Hehe, I'm an expert now, watch out! :-)
12/24/2015 05:44:15 PM · #10
Originally posted by Techo:

Welcome to the club! ;) But you are in good company. The feeling comes and goes?

http://startupbros.com/21-ways-overcome-impostor-syndrome/ Eta: Another recent read http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/your-money/learning-to-deal-with-the-impostor-syndrome.html?_r=0


Thanks for sharing that article...well worth the read!
12/24/2015 09:23:24 PM · #11
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

You don't have to be a ribbon hog or a Pulitzer prize winning photog to critique a photo.

All you need is an opinion, the ability to express it, and why as it pertains to an image.

I have gotten comments from people whose scores indicate, in a facile manner, that they're nowhere near my skills, abilities, and experience. Harrumph!

When I'm done being pissy, I realize that their critiques were very often, spot on.

If you offer up an image to the CC, it's because that pertson specifically wants someone else's perspective, and suggestions as well.

Carry on!


+1

You're a sweetie, Susan!
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