You may not know this, but getting quality feedback is important for anyone to improve their photography. It helps us understand how others perceive our work, and in turn helps us evaluate our own successes or failures. But getting quality feedback is a challenge in and of itself. Where can you look for some genuine feedback on your photography? Who can you trust? After all, if someone’s critiquing your work, you’d definitely want them to be someone who knows what they’re talking about. In today’s video, photographer Sean Tucker addresses this challenge and shares some thoughts on how you can get quality feedback on your work:
Tucker talks in depth about three different ways you can get some quality feedback. You can either pay a professional or organization, find a mentor or connect with like-minded photographers to discuss and share ideas.
If you’ve got the money and want to hear how professionals interpret your work, you can seek help from individuals or firms who will charge you to do so. But in taking this route, make sure that you get to explain the context and the story associated with your images. It will add relevance and help the reviewers in analyzing your work better for quality feedback.
If there’s somebody who you look up to, you could also ask them to mentor you. For this, you can “repay” them by providing some sort of assistance that’ll add value to their work, like an internship. However, during the mentorship, it can be very easy to be influenced by the mentor’s work—so much that you begin to replicate what they do. But don’t fall into this trap. Instead, seek help from your mentor to unlock the hidden voice that’s inside of you.
Being in touch with other people who are equally good or preferably better than you is another great option. With the power of the internet, you don’t even have to meet them physically. Arrange online meetings, participate in forum discussions and critique each others’ work virtually. This way you can help each other and mutually benefit from the process.
What strategy do you follow to get feedback for your work? Are you satisfied with it? Let us know in the comments.
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