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  1. abraxas

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    Encouragement?

    We've done critique ad nauseam--So, let's look at how important is encouragement, or lack thereof in your development as a photographer?
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    For the people of weaker personalities, little to no knowledge or low self esteem... it is CRITICAL that they receive it as regularly as a junkie get's their fix. For the people that are independent, strong and have a good self-image... it is as useless as a bad critique.

    For the majority, it's somewhere in the middle between these two.
     
  3. abraxas

    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No Jerry, you misunderstood, how important is it to you?
     
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    For me it is very important. I find it helpful in my development as an artist. All of the great critiques that I have received have ended in encouragement by the crit giver. Or I have walked away with self encouragement.

    Love & Bass
     
  5. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sorry! :confused: :lmao:
    I definitely fall into the "useless as a bad critique" category. If someone says something, I will accept it politely, but I need absolutely zero encouragement in not just photography, but in anything that I do in life. I can fly through the good times, and pretty easily push through the hard times when others need someone to egg or cheer them on.

    That said, in my personal life, with friends and family, I am the first one to pat them on the shoulder and say "well done!" or "that's ok, you'll get it next time, tiger!".
     
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    To me encouragement is key, which is why I've always assumed that it's important to every "advanced beginner" like me.
     
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    Not important to me at all. For me the purpose of critique is to see whether others notice the same good points and bad points that I see in the photo. If they missed something major, then that reduces the value of their critique accordingly. Occasionally, they spot something that I missed and that makes it very worthwhile. :D

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    for me it's not all that important, though of course it's always nice to hear that people appreciate your work. I'm a pretty private person though and don't like posting too much stuff. However, I have an amateur photographer friend who thrives on encouragement and praise, she seems desperate for it. I mean, I do not need to see pictures of your supper or your kids doing their homework, yet, she likes to show people with the obvious intent of getting praise on the photography.
     
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    I don't require encouragement and the criticism I respond ot most is my own. All I need is film and fixer.
     
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    Dont really need it myself. I have had to be totally independent since I was young so that may have something to do with that.
     
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    It's good that a couple see the value in encouragement in positive development. I find encouragement motivational. I believe I do my best work in a positive frame of mind rather than considering negative criticisms and their sources. No psychodrama, statistical analysis or hoodoo to it, just free creativity and expression. I also think that encouragement opens the door to discussion of artistic expression with peers.
     
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    It depends. Sometimes I feel full of creativity and love to shoot just to shoot. At other times, if I'm in a slump and someone praises your photos it is feels great. To see someone's eyes light up when they talk about your photography is very rewarding and motivating.
     

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