Am I the only one who remembers there used to be more critique here? I, for one, miss it. Critique can be hard to hear. When I post a photo here, I only post what I feel are examples of my "better" and "best" work. Therefore, any critique can be hard to swallow. I'm sure there's been times when I have responded to critique less gracefully than I would hope. I really hope that I haven't discouraged anyone from offering their opinion. A big part of my growth as a hobbyist has been due to critique and suggestions that have forced me to look at my own work with a more critical eye. Critique that I find valuable comes in the form of technical advice as well as opinions and preference. For my work: don't hold back. I value opinions, especially from photographers whose work I enjoy and/or respect. Sometimes I may be so attached to my work that I'll simply disagree with a suggestion, but then go back a few days later only to find the merit I initially disregarded. Other times I find no merit, but I appreciate the time a member took to consider my photo and offer an opinion. I try to appreciate it, at least... Some of us are only qualified to offer personal preference suggestions. Others here have education or experience that qualifies them to speak with more technical authority. An individual with education and understanding of the principles of art and design might suggest a crop that would provide more balance to my image. I'd be wise to consider the suggestion, even if I think my crop is perfect. Any image I post here is open for critique. If I get butt-hurt and snotty, I apologize in advance. Earlier in my membership here, I posted some photos of which I was very proud, and I didn't think could be improved. I got some critique. It hurt. I resented it for a time, but remembered what some people thought could be improved. Then... I improved. I miss the critique. I miss that terrible yet beneficial feeling of posting my masterpiece, then having a glaring mistake pointed out. Or just getting a suggestion that provides a tiny improvement. How do you feel about being critiqued? How do you feel about providing critique? Has the atmosphere here changed with regard to critique? Thanks for reading, and feel free to C&C this post!