STOP Asking For OPINIONS! They DON’T help your photography!
Stop asking people what they think about your photographs or what they think you should do to improve – just stop. It’s not helping you – in fact it’s making it harder to progress and improve as a photographer because frequently the opinions that you get influence your future decisions and make you doubt your own creative instincts.
I recently did a little social experiment with two glamour headshots from a test shoot that I did with a beautiful young model.
I posted both images in 32 different Facebook photography groups that are dedicated to topics like portraiture, fashion, mirrorless cameras, micro 4/3 format and Olympus. I also posted them to my Facebook business page, my personal page and in my own TOGCHAT LIVE Facebook group. Along with the images I shared this behind the scenes shot to add some value by teaching people how I did the shots – and I asked this simple question… Which do you prefer – and WHY?
So what happened? I got a great response – over 1,100 comments were posted. There were about 15 comments that didn’t make a selection but made it a point to tell me how much they hated the photographs. There were another seventy or so comments where people didn’t express their preference but told me things like if I took the hair from one shot and put it in the other – then they would like the photo. The remaining comments split just about 50/50. The people who like the first shot commented consistently that they loved the model looking directly into the camera and the almost startled expression. Many people mentioned liking symmetry in a photograph. This group often complained about the second shot saying that the messy hair on the models arm was too distracting. One person explained that the messy hair made him want to itch! Overwhelmingly people complimented the beautiful model.
The other half who picked the second shot loved the leading lines and the models expression. This group frequently complained that the model looked stiff and lifeless in the first photo. and the list goes on.
So the result: the post was very successful at engagement and even some new followers. But as far as learning anything about my photography – what did it teach me? Nothing. It was basically a 50/50 split with comments that made it clear that different people have different tastes and opinions and there is no way to satisfy everyone. Kind of like politics.
Be sure to watch the video to learn how to deal with opinions about your photography
LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO
Photo Critique – STOP asking for Constructive Criticism and STOP being so quick to give bad feedback – http://bit.ly/2GUrCFx
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