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Sun 15-Feb-09 01:27 AM | edited Sat 19-Sep-15 07:08 PM by jrp


The text in this post was originally written by our late moderator Bob Tomerlin - drjimbob

Welcome to this forum where you can post your images for consideration of members and/or participate by making observations.

The Constructive Critique and Technical Advice Forum is a place where photographers should be able to get detailed comments on what's good about a photo, and what might be improved. There are several "regulars" who do post most of the comments. Although sometimes, one post might capture all the pertinent insights, we want to encourage ALL visitors to this Forum to participate.

Observations for improvement are more than welcome and should not be considered criticism. Criticism is hostile and we praise ourselves for making Nikonians the friendliest photography site on the web.

Modifying images
Posting in this forum indicates a willingness on the part of the posting photographer to receive comment and constructive criticism from his or her fellow Nikonians. Sometimes, the clearest way for a member to offer a critique is to modify the image by cropping, correcting color, burning or dodging, etc. Posting an image in the Critique Forum confers permission for images to be modified in the interest of clear communication. If you do not want anyone to modify your image, please state so in your original post.

Likewise, critics will treat posted images with respect and only modify an image in such a spirit of helpful critique and clear communication. The interpretation of "helpful critique and clear communication" shall be determined by the forum moderators.

Reciprocating with your comments
When looking at others' pictures, even if you're new to photography, you still know if you like or don't like an image, and you can surely explain why. So please do.
We are not asking for repetition of what's been said, but we are sure you have something to add, so please add it. Your fellow Nikonians will benefit from what we all - including you - have to offer.

We would like to encourage you to post a comment on at least three images for each one you post yourself.

Posting limits
Nikonians is a teaching/learning/inspiring community. As such, when asking for critique or comments on photos, it is highly recommended to upload or link one single image per post. This way, the discussion can focus on the creative merits, technical aspects and overall aesthetics of a particular image, always towards its further improvement. The information returned will be more valuable to you and to our members now and in the future.

It becomes less likely to receive in-depth, valued comments when multiple images are posted or when asking members to “review my gallery”.

In the effort to continue to help build our member’s skills and knowledge of photography, please limit yourself to one photo per post. General web site critique should be sought in the Website Creation Forum.

It is most useful to:

  • Have your profile completed
  • Include technical data like camera, lens, exposure, ISO, etc.
  • Mention your interest. What motivated you to take such image.
  • Explain your intention, what you tried to accomplish by taking such a photo
  • Mention your emotions while taking the picture and what was wanted to be portrayed.

More help
Our Wiki, has extensive help on composition, post-processing and other techniques, which are to be found in the Tips and Tricks section.

Paul Fisher
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