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02/01/2006 01:24:41 PM · #1
When you receive comments do you have certain comments that you value more than others in regards to who they come from? Do you prefer comments from other photographers over those from people without cameras?

Personally when I get a comment the first thing I do is look at the commenters profile to see how much weight I give it. I try to give any negative comment careful consideration, but I will be more likely to take it more seriously from a photographer whose work I respect than from one I don't. Also it does seem somewhat important to value the commenters that aren't photographers as this could be considered a consumers point of view.

Getting comments of simple praise without details are a nice ego boost, however in reality they are just as unhelpful as a comment that says something like "that sucks". I never mark either type of comment as helpful. I notice some people will mark any positive comment as halpful and ignore any (even slightly)
negative comments.
02/01/2006 01:32:18 PM · #2
I mark all comments as helpful, even if it's just "nice shot" or "that sucks". In both those cases, you're getting feedback. Those "simple praise" comments can also be construed as a consumer point of view, in that you elicited a response that was enough to generate a comment.

As for who comments, I don't really mind who says what, but do figure the guys/gals with the stunning portfolios have a pretty good idea of what to look for and therefore may be able to provide more constructive comments.

02/01/2006 01:33:33 PM · #3
The only comments I give more weight to based on who they come from are the 'nice shot' comments. If it's someone who's work I like, I am more excited to have received it.

The comments I like the best are those that make me look at the image in a different way. The value of those can only be seen by looking at my image again with the eyes they have allowed me to borrow -- not by looking at their profile.

David
02/01/2006 01:34:24 PM · #4
I value all comments because it means that someone took the time to write down their thoughts and feelings about my photo and I appreciate that, even if they're commenting to say I suck. At least my photo inspired some emotion in them! :)

I think all comments are helpful in some way. They may not be suggestions I can use to improve my shot, or even my photography overall, but they give some insight into how people receive my work and I find that interesting. I do frequently check user profiles because I like to see what kind of work is behind a comment.
02/01/2006 01:35:52 PM · #5
Both on and off this site, I take comments about the same way. I listen to the comment, think about it and see if I agree or not, and if I don't, I see if the point is still valid from a different point of view. The person saying it isn't as important as what is being said, especially in terms of constructive criticism.

Of course, some people always want something a certain way, and if we agree to disagree, I'll take their comments with respect to this with less weight than if somebody else were to say the same thing. In the first case, I've already considered the comment, and it has become redundant.

I do look at profiles though, just to get a quick glimpse of the person to have some idea. It's more curiosity than anything else. Obviously, a "great shot" comment would mean more coming from a skilled photog than, well, myself. In general though, something that points out strengths or areas of improvement are the most important in my opinion, even if not worded in the nicest way or being blunt--I usually agree with them, too :)
02/01/2006 01:37:44 PM · #6
Originally posted by mk:

I value all comments because it means that someone took the time to write down their thoughts and feelings about my photo and I appreciate that, even if they're commenting to say I suck. At least my photo inspired some emotion in them! :)

I think all comments are helpful in some way. They may not be suggestions I can use to improve my shot, or even my photography overall, but they give some insight into how people receive my work and I find that interesting. I do frequently check user profiles because I like to see what kind of work is behind a comment.

ditto :-)
02/01/2006 01:41:36 PM · #7
I find that the Nice shot comments are not helpful. I know my images are not perfect and I aim to produce "Nice Shots." Let me know what would make it better.
02/01/2006 01:43:52 PM · #8
Comments that show some sort of emotional response..ones that tell me the person stopped for a moment and thought about the shot..not what they would do, but rather their reaction to my choices..not necessarily positive..those are the ones I value most.
02/01/2006 01:50:02 PM · #9
I mark more comments as helpful than I should, mainly for reasons of courtesy.

While I look for comments which reflect or exceed the care (or degree of serendipity ;-) put into an image, I favour those which restrict themselves to the work itself (as opposed to referring to facts outside of it).

Sincerity, however, is the one attribute I'd like to see as much in a photo as I would in a comment below it.
02/01/2006 02:17:28 PM · #10
Originally posted by fadedbeauty:

Personally when I get a comment the first thing I do is look at the commenters profile to see how much weight I give it.


I do this too paying particular attention to the Avg vote cast stat. If they don't really like anyones work on average their opinoin carries very little weight with me regardless of their Avg vote recieved.
02/01/2006 02:33:27 PM · #11
Yeah, my heart really goes out to you poor, sunburnt souls overwhelmed with unwanted 'Great shot' comments. How ever can you stand it? :P
02/01/2006 03:10:51 PM · #12
Originally posted by meanwile:

Yeah, my heart really goes out to you poor, sunburnt souls overwhelmed with unwanted 'Great shot' comments. How ever can you stand it? :P


Example: ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/436/thumb/282993.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/436/thumb/282993.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' scored 5.5, but no constructive criticism. Oh well.
02/01/2006 03:17:18 PM · #13
Originally posted by mk:

I value all comments because it means that someone took the time to write down their thoughts and feelings about my photo and I appreciate that, even if they're commenting to say I suck. At least my photo inspired some emotion in them! :)

I think all comments are helpful in some way. They may not be suggestions I can use to improve my shot, or even my photography overall, but they give some insight into how people receive my work and I find that interesting. I do frequently check user profiles because I like to see what kind of work is behind a comment.


Ditto x 2. I'm giddy when I get a good review from someone I really respect (Wow, THAT guy liked it?), but I'm just as impressed when someone I've never even heard of shows good insight or finds valid criticism in a photo that everyone else is praising.
02/01/2006 03:24:08 PM · #14
Good question!

I mark every single one of mine "Helpful". Whether I agree with it, or don't agree, it tells me something either about my image or about the person who wrote the comment. And, yes, I love to get "nice work" type of comments. I suppose that really is why I'm putting my stuff on the line: so people will appreciate it.

And, oh you bet. When someone I admire gives me a comment of any variety, I walk around all puffed up all day long.
02/01/2006 03:25:49 PM · #15
Originally posted by mk:

I value all comments because it means that someone took the time to write down their thoughts and feelings about my photo and I appreciate that, even if they're commenting to say I suck. At least my photo inspired some emotion in them! :)

I think all comments are helpful in some way. They may not be suggestions I can use to improve my shot, or even my photography overall, but they give some insight into how people receive my work and I find that interesting. I do frequently check user profiles because I like to see what kind of work is behind a comment.


Same here...

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