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01/31/2003 08:19:13 AM · #1
Greetings to everyone...

During the past few weeks, I have seen a couple questions come up about the Critique Club that I would like to address...

1 - Checking the box requesting a CC critique does NOT guarantee a critique. The CC participants are volunteers. There are lots of photos that request critiques each week. There is no guarantee that all of them will be completed before the next challenge rolls over. We do our best :) If you request a critique and don't get one, hopefully your luck will be better next week.

2 - I get occasional emails and private messages complaining about the 'quality' of some of the CC critiques. Please keep in mind that the CC is not solely for the benefit of the photographer receiving the critique. It is also for the benefit of the person leaving the critique. Some of us are learning how to critique for the purpose of improving our own photography. Everyone that participates in the group does not have the same critique abilities or photography experience as others, and the quality of the comments will vary. If you receive a critique that is not useful to you, you may wish to send a private message to the person who left it and ask for some more detail or even make a suggestion to that person on how to provide a higher quality critique. Being too critical of the critique you received could have negative impact in the future. If you scare off the CC members, there will eventually be very few critiques given each week :)

Thanks :)

John Setzler

01/31/2003 09:30:56 AM · #2
John, are you forwarding the complaints to the appropriate CC members??. You seem to be the 'middle person' of the CC, so I'm not suprised you're getting these...but if someone complains about a Critique of mine I would like to know.

z

Message edited by author 2003-01-31 11:55:38.
01/31/2003 09:35:56 AM · #3
I commented on quite a few this week...maybe 8 or so. Same last week. Anyone who would like to discuss the critiques further are welcome to contact me. I do my best, and I hate to think that someone would be less than satisfied with any of my comments.
Not all images receive a long critiqe. I may or may not have much to say about it. But upon request I'd be happy to elaborate. :-)
Regards,

Grayce
01/31/2003 10:07:32 AM · #4
If i can elaborate, I try to do it while i'm writing the critique.
01/31/2003 11:18:34 AM · #5
I have a great difficulty writting critiques sometimes. So I would like to know if someone has complained about mine. That's just me though.
01/31/2003 11:32:12 AM · #6
Hey, don't anyone get defensive. You are givingthem a gift of your time and they shouldn't be complaining at all...unless you were rude or inappropriate.
01/31/2003 12:05:11 PM · #7
I don't think the critiques should get complaints either, but they do. The specific complaints I have gotten are simply saying that the critique received was short, had no detail, and nothing much more than the average 'during the challenge' comment.

Detail is the key to a good CC critique.

I wouldn't worry too much about the complaints. Just give your best critique/comments and everything will be fine :)

01/31/2003 12:08:15 PM · #8
I've been lucky enough to receive two CC critiques - even with not submitting as much as usual. :-)

I think/hope that I let both of them know that I appreciated it. I think it's wonderful that it's being done, I can't imagine what the complainers were hoping for.

**edited for stupid html. :-D

Message edited by author 2003-01-31 12:09:04.
01/31/2003 12:35:33 PM · #9
If anyone has a question or comment about the critique received, basic courtesy requires that they PM the critiquer directly.
It would also be kind to thank the person taking their time to do the critique.
02/10/2003 12:02:49 AM · #10
big fat pat on the back to all the critiquers.

from the couple i've got it's plain that y'all have exactly the right attitude, are very respectful.

people should take advantage of the reletive anonymity here, to get another view they'd have a hard time coming across in "real" life.

what else are you gonna do, stop a stranger on the street and ask their opinions?

easy to be thin-skinned about the picture you worked so hard on i guess,

but i actually find criticism from people who aren't afraid to tell me they don't "get it" more valuable than a pal who might just wanna be nice telling me they dig the shot.

you can't choose how people are going to respond to what you have to say;

you do get to choose how honest you want to be.

i vote for brutal truth.

thanks again everybody. this site is a great education.

- johnny
02/10/2003 09:57:18 AM · #11
I would like to give special thanks to emorgan49, who gave a seriously impressive critique on my Wall of Windows picture! You have some critiquing talent! It is always great to get feedback, both positive and negative comments. I am sure that most appreciate the critiques, just one request, please give us a helpful rating if you are happy with the critique, at least then we know that we are doing some good!
02/10/2003 11:01:46 AM · #12
blush..maybe I can be forgiven for still having a squares photo hostage...
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