A friend posted up an interesting photo online. I really liked it, but thought it would look even better with just a couple of tweaks. I started typing out a comment saying how much I liked it, with some constructive (hopefully) comments on how it could look even better.
Then it struck me that they hadn’t actually *asked* for feedback. Bit remiss and presumptious of me to assume.
My comments duly deleted, luckily before posting them.
I’ve noticed the same happening on Flickr a lot – people trot up with ‘great pic! I’d crop it/darken it/etc’ when actually the photographer has spent a considerable amount of time making it as good as they could.
Now, me? I post tons of stuff up online. I’ve got yards of photos up on Flickr, and am always open to constructive advice.
Note the ‘constructive’ bit. A comment saying ‘great pic’ is nice. A comment saying ‘you could try cropping out x, lightening that bit etc to get a stronger image’ is even better. Always learning, and I never assume that I know it all.
So, dear reader. If you see something that I’ve posted, be it a photo, a story or anything else, I’d welcome your comments.
Especially constructive ones. 🙂