Don’t upload your pictures on Facebook
Little is learned from straight praise and flattery
We want the judgment on artistic factors that pertain to the photographic world.
Photography seems to be a lonely pleasure and complacency is one of the first sins of any artist, photographers included. We have big egos, and it is inevitable that the magnificent praise we receive from our Facebook friends could cloud our critical eye. If you want to progress photographically, you can’t let that happen.
‘Likes’ are certainly enjoyable but even if they come from someone with a good critical photographic background, there’s no guarantee that the ‘benchmark’ is anything more than just a little affection from a friend.
Little is learned from straight praise and flattery, and much less so when such things come from people who have no specific training in art or photography. Photographs are loaded with emotion: what we felt when we took them, what we want for them, what we want others to take from them, and that often doesn’t allow us to see what we have actually portrayed in our images. If we are talking of something that goes beyond the mere intention of communicating an event or an incident. We want the judgment on artistic factors that pertain to the photographic world.
Alternatively, photographic forums are helpful as long as the participants have the aim of helping you see the difference between what you believe is displayed in your photos and what they actually see reflected. They also tend to have no particular stake in your work (unlike friends might), and –hopefully- more photographic knowledge, so don’t hesitate to use them as a resource.