This post comes to us from Teaching Artist Alexis Ellers and her classes’ Marwen Photo Blog! http://marwenphotoblog.wordpress.com/
Good advice for both critiques and blog commentary. Also be sure to check out the “Marwen Photography Classes” Facebook page to see the awesome photos being created by Alexis’ students http://www.facebook.com/MarwenDigPhoto/photos_stream
The comment section on our blogs is great place to let your fellow student know what you think of their work when done right you can help each other grow as artist.
How to Leave Great Comments:
No single words
Wow! Great! Awesome! Beautiful!
Although all wonderful things to hear but they aren’t a lot of information about what makes the photograph great.
If you can’t explain why you like something the comment will not be very helpful.
Bad Example: I Like the sky.
Better Example: I like the color of the sky.
Best Example: I like the deep blue color of the sky because it contrasts nicely with the yellows and reds in the photo
Sure it is nice to hear that all your photos are great, but knowing which photographs stand out is even better.
Bad Example: I love your photographs
Good Example: Your third photograph of the dog is really great, I like the way you filled the frame with the dog’s face.
Use correct terms
You can avoid unclear statements by using terms we’ve learned in class you can make a more clear statement
Bad Example: I like the two colors in your photograph.
Good Examples: I like the way you used contrasting colors to make the warm colored ball stand out against the cool colored grass.
No Negative Comments
Instead of saying something negative try suggesting something they could do next time to improve their work.
Bad Example: I don’t like your photograph of Becca.
Good Example: When photographing people you could try to use a less distracting background or a shallow depth of field to draw more attention to the subject matter.
There is always room for improvement even on photographs you like, making suggestions is great way to help each other grow as photographers.
Bad Example: I love the photograph of the flower it is perfect. commenter does love the photograph but does not like how the bottom of the flower is cut off.
Good Example: I love the photograph of the flower, next time consider stepping back a little to include the entire subject matter.
How to Receive Comments
You don’t have to agree with every comment, you’re still entitled to your opinion and can disagree with the comment. There are no defiant right or wrongs in art.
Remember the constructive comments when you are photographing or editing. Was it suggested that you get a lower perspective while shooting? give it a try. There is no limit to how many photographs you can take so try some suggestions out. Shoot a photograph the way you normally would then try the way it was suggested.
Apply what you’ve learned from your peers. Why did some photographs get great responses when others didn’t? Use the techniques that were successful again in the future.
Photographer Alexis Ellers grew up in Central Ohio. At age 18 she moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College Chicago from which she graduated in December 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. While living in Chicago Alexis Ellers became enthralled with the city’s bike culture. She forged a bond between photography and bike culture and it transformed her art.She continues to photographically document the Rat Patrol Bike Club, a project she began in 2006. She teaching the Early Exposures Workshop and has been a photography Teacher at Marwen after school program since 2009. She is passionate about sharing her love of photography with undeserved students through teaching.