Digital Photos III—Best place to post photos for constructive criticism?

Since I’m teaching myself photography after a long absence, and having never been too serious, anyway, I would like to cast a few favorites before the [del]pitbulls[/del] enthusiastically outgoing strangers of the intertubes for them to rip my work to shreds. I’ve heard of imgur and Flickr and wonder if either is the best choice, or if there is some other site that is better. One where I can get constructive criticism as well as trollage. (I take good advice wherever it comes from, and will read horoscopes for other signs.) What say you?

Search Google plus, for the photographic community would best suit your picture style, and join it. I post the majority of mine on the Canon user community, and am always pleasantly surprised with the comments. Its a good place to start.


On you can submit your photos for ratings, but they frequently won’t get actual comments (unless they are really good).

Gee willikers, since my oeuvre so far is largely photos of dirty, plowed snow it may be hard to find a photographic community for it. While Rule 34 says there is bound to be a pornographic community that revolves around similar things, the snow I shoot is more dingy gray than it is yellow. :eek:

There are hundreds of thousands of groups on Flickr, many of which require members to comment on each others’ work. (Though it might not be very informative or helpful comments at times.)

According to No. 1 Daughter I have trollish tendencies (she actually flat-out called me a troll, which is true everywhere but here), so I welcome aggressively-contrary opinions–I feel more at home. She also recommends Flickr, but claims they’re nice. Sounds like a bunch of Lutherans, frankly, and I’m not going to put pictures up on Facebook because I don’t want a bunch of vacuous, but sincere, likes from my own Lutherans. My in-box is full enough with important messages like “Karen likes Lena’s new picture of her granddaughter,” and “Lena likes Karen’s new picture of her cat.”

Digital Photography Review ( requires that you register an ID to see the forums. And the link to the forums is hidden way down at the bottom (currently in yellow text ands hard to read unless I drag the mouse over it).

That said, they have a forum dedicated to reviewing and critiquing photos, filed with serious photography geeks and professionals.

I’ve been living there as I shop for eBay scratch’n’dents. Their review of the Canon PowerShot S3 IS convinced me that it might be worth $7.25 if I can get it to work. Shoulda gotten here by now, and I’m annoyed. Didn’t know about the fora, but my shots aren’t THAT good.

Flickr it is.


Leave comments. Be brutal. It’s the only way I learn something that is contrary to what I believe.

…those are pretty hard photos to critique. It would help to know what the purpose of the images are: are you documenting the ice, or trying to do something arty?

Some of those - the first three in particular - look like granite

You need context. Close ups of dirty snow means nothing without it. Then when you have decided on what kind of context you are going to include, learn the rule of thirds (a good place to start) for composition.

This image of yours has context, but no composition. This image that someone else took has context and some amount of composition, though it’s very boring.

What you should be aiming for are things like this, this, this, or this.

That’s your first step. Don’t get too ambitious too early, you have a long long way to go, and a long time to do it. Don’t worry too much about post production, though figuring out how to crop to improve composition is something to keep in mind.

But experiment; your camera has room for thousands of shots so don’t be afraid to waste them on tests and practice and experimentation. Learn by doing, by emulating, and by having fun.

Try The Photo Forum.

They have several qualified members who will offer constructive criticism and advice if they know you are serious.

I have learned a lot there.

They do, don’t they? I was caught by the visual similarity of something ephemeral to something permanent. The first, especially, reminded me in post of the cave walls of Lascaux. And I love texture and contrast, so since none of those scenes and few of those objects exist anymore, just a week or two later, to answer Banquet Bear they are both documentary and pretentiously arty as hell.

One thing I’m trying to get used to is how the camera perceives color redder than I do. Must be a girl camera.

I know, but see above. I was deliberately removing scale, context, and meaning in most of them to create a “what the hell is that?” reaction in the viewer.

I know, I know: learn the rules before you start playing with them.

Morbidly obese and pushing 60. Not so sure about the second. :wink:

Post has been mostly to adjust color to what I see, cropping has been mostly to remove context.

Hah! Until my XD card comes internal memory limits me to four shots at the top resolution. I look forward to throwing away hundreds of bad photos. That’s the real advantage of digital photography; they are all FREE! I had to give up film because it was an expensive hassle.

I think maybe you shouldn’t be starting here, it should be an end-point to head towards. Take regular pictures, of things you’re interested in, related to what you’re trying to do, and learn from that before anything.

:dubious: Regular pictures? Of people, puppies, and posies? Man, if I took regular pictures I’d’ve been in hog heaven the other morning, when every twig and powerline had a light coating of snow, and Chicago’s suburbs were a fairy wonderland of black and white, but Homie don’t play that game. :wink:

Okay, the dirty snow pictures were a serendipitous mix of being struck by how it didn’t look like snow and having a camera in my pocket, plus a vague memory of a magazine contest somewhere of “whatzat?” photos. I first wanted to document the textures created by sublimation because there was an unusual amount of it this year, but I liked the results and took more. And, despite how utterly pedestrian photos of snowy trees are, they are still pretty, but I was late for work and made up an artsy-fartsy excuse.

I know I’m jumping the gun posting these, having only shot the equivalent of two rolls of the Fujicolor 100 I used to shoot, occasionally, 25 years ago, so I appreciate your guidance and suggestions.