OK, maybe our situations varied in so far as I was not asked to critique any photos for my friend who had spent her holidays in Morocco. She wanted to share the photos and her own happiness about how successful she was in taking them. So I did just that. Shared her joy with her...
I work with a girl at work who knows I like photography, so she told me she would bring in some photos she took with her point and shoot film camera that I could "critique for her."
So she brought them in, and they're just snapshots of stuff. They were nothing real special, but I couldn't tell her that. I told her I liked them, pointed out that she made good use of the rule of thirds (she didn't know what that was), and did a good job of not cutting off anybody's limbs in the photos. But the lighting was really harsh and subject placement wasn't good. So I didn't say anything. I just couldn't be critical for the life of me! I told her too, that before you take a photo you should identify your audience, and if that audience is her and she likes the photos, the shots are good. But other than that, I was at a loss. I just can't be un-nice to people intentionally!
So what would you do? She doesn't really aspire to be a great photographer, but she does want to be able to take more interesting snapshots. Would you give someone fitting this description both positive and negative criticism, or do what I did and bite my tongue?
BTW, I don't want to sound self-righteous by saying her photos weren't good in certain respects (besides, "good," is so subjective...), but they did have some issues. I should know cause my shots many times have the same ones... lol.
Senior Hound, I'm sorry but this post just begs to ask one question. Are you not and have never been married? :lmao:
Son, this is like my wife asking me if the pair of jeans she just put on makes her butt look big. There ONLY right answer is no answer at all. When she asks any question remotely like that my first response is to become a stone deaf mute and quickly leave the room, preferably getting several rooms away. This tactic has allowed me to remain married to the same woman for the last 29 years and stay alive. I don't tempt fate.
I have had the same thing happen and have come to the conclusion that unless I am willing to risk the fires of Hell, I don't even open the gate. There is always some project that needs my attention immediately and I pray that they forgot that they asked by the time I am done.
Marriage is a punishment for shoplifting in some countries. Any man who tries to stay with a woman day in and day out for the rest of his life is a masochist, or slightly neurotic.
That being said, I have to work with this woman for 20 hours a week (she's half-way on another shift), so keeping her happy is keeping me happy. I did tell her some advice on shooting in daylight and stuff, but as far as focus is concerned, the camera is just a point and shoot with autofocus. Really, all she did was point and click, and understanding that, I told her they were nice. And if her intent is to improve as a photographer, I can assure you she's on the wrong track by talking to me. I'm not the person to be asking for composition advice, as I have lots to learn myself. She'd be much better off asking the owner of our business. He's better than I am.
Asking her out isn't an option either. Aside from having one hell of a mean streak, she's also 30 years older than me.
Well if perhaps you someday get caught shoplifting or get an overwhelming urge to live the life of a masochist just remember and say the following prayer.
I'm a man,
But I can change,
If I have to,
It makes the neurotic tics less noticeable for a while. :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
You just haven't met the right woman yet. There's no need to suffer - if you are, I suggest you dump her and move on to the next one.
If she's hot, I'd lie to her so she'd sleep with me.
If she's not, then I'd tell her her photos suck.
Some one get me a coffee.