Time for a change to posting

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  1. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ok I think I got the right section for this -- anyway

    One thing I notice a lot here is people will post up a series of shots (be it one or ten) with nothing in the post except for the photos. Now clearly they are after comments and advice, but its very hard to give adivce when you don't know what the person is using - the only thing you can really comment on is composition.
    Yes I know that exif is attached to many, but many have a tendancy to save for web - no exif. Its also a burden for many who don't use exif readers as that means having to save to the computer to see if there is an exif to read - and offtimes the lens make and model is not in there.

    So I make a request of people here that we start by saying a little more when we post our shots - at least tell people what camera and lens (if it has changable lenses) you used - what about telling us if you used a tripod, the ISO, aperture and shutter speed; and there is no harm in the story behind the shot either ;)
     
  2. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Odd, I've been tryig to do just that as of late :lol: If I am to preoccupied to give any real details I am atleast trying to include lens and camera body....some times I still forget though.
     
  3. mrodgers

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    With all the recent posts about folks posting photos and critiquing photos, I have found that I am of the exact opposite opinion of just about everyone.

    How do you assume that if someone posts photos that they are after comments and advice or critique? If someone posts photos, I take that as they are showing off their shots. Of course, comments would be welcome, but I take anything that doesn't ask specific questions about a photo as just posting to show it.

    How are you suppose to critique when someone just posts a photo and doesn't say anything? The way to get logical critique to learn is to post a photo and ask specific questions on something you have recently learned and have just tried.

    "I have just learned about bokeh. I tried out some shots last night, could you give me some comments on this......" That would be a good way to get critique, not just posting a photo up in a thread and not saying a word. Don't say anything and I would assume you are just posting to show a recent shot. That is where "Hey, nice shot. I like how the sun is filtering through and lighting up the flower in the shade there...." comes from as opposed to a true critique.

    I don't posts photos much here. In fact, I don't visit the photos sections as much as I'd like. I read the beginners, advanced, and digital sections to read the questions and comments trying to learn more about photography. But if I did post photos, unless I asked for critique, I wouldn't expect anything more then simple comments on my photos.
     
  4. There's plenty of people here who simply use it as a gallery.
     
  5. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well.....Everyone wants comments of someform or another wether it's C&C or just to keep it infront of the viewing public.

    I admit I fish for comments periodically, but not for C&C, I want them for the bump factor. Keeping my photo out in front for more to see. That is why I often wait some time before replying to comments :blushing: I wait till it has been posted over and then reply, some times in depth, sometimes little more than a smilie. It all really depends on the motivation of the user at hand.
     
  6. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    I think I'm probably one of those who will post a number of images without comment. Like IF says, when I do that, it's just a gallery thing. If I want specific feedback I'll put something rather more pertinent alongside them.
     
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    ...and just to make it interesting, sometimes when folks ask for critique, they're really out to hear something entirely different.
     
  8. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Oh every single one of these comments are right on the mark and each in a different way. I've seen oh so many people ask for critique and then not like what they here, plenty of people post and then complain they don't receive critique.

    But Iron Flatline is right many people here just wish to share some work, when something interesting happens. Like my thread on the Brisbane zombie walk. Although I do accept critique even when I don't ask for it, and if I do I usually only post the 1 photo.

    Btw shutter aperture lens etc, the vast majority of posters on this forum, myself included, leave this info in their EXIF data of the photo for all to see.
     
  9. Overread

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    True many are not out for comments at times and just want to show their work, but I think that part of this being a forum and not just a gallery is sharing understandings - if you show a shot and just a shot the next question on the lips of most people is "what did you use" and "how did you get that". I don't think it unreasonable to supply that information up front (not just in exif) and I think that it also helps to build a level of communication into a thread - somewhere to start from
     
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    I've only posted a few photo threads so far, and have already almost entirely focussed too much on the story behind the shot, and keep forgetting to explain how the shot was done. I'll try to remember for next time!
     
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    I always write a mini essay on my pics LOL
    I write why I took them, what I did and what I think I can improove then I ask for comments
     
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    Chiller Mental case

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    I think we should get rid of them right away...they are ruining the forum. :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:
     

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