New members: The rules of feedback are really very simple. It does not matter how experienced you are, BNDCC foundation or advanced member. It is all about what you like and don’t like. As a new member you may not know exactly why you like a photo. You simply like it, it works for you and you like it. Similarly, as a new member you may not know what it is about the photo that you don’t like, but there is something that doesn’t work for you. As you listen to feedback offered by members on our Wednesday evenings you will learn from others feedback, I know that I did when I first joined.
Someone will explain why they like a photo and explain why. It may be a blinding flash of the obvious and you will say to yourself, yes, that’s it! Similarly; when someone explains why they think the photo doesn’t work, you will realise that you also thought the same way. Such explanations of “what works and what doesn’t”, on our Wednesday evenings, will help you work out the basic rules of composition, how they are applied and sometimes ignored to great effect.
In September will move into our formal agenda and club competitions. Outside judges will deliberate over the entries and make their decisions. How do they do this? Again, very simply, “what works and what doesn’t work”, they will explain in detail why they think a photo works for them and often offer suggestions on how it could perhaps be improved. They will also explain in detail why they discarded or rejected some photos and the reasoning behind it. Of course this will be the personal opinion of just one person.
But by participating in the feedback sessions, on Wednesdays, and on our many Internet forums, you can help yourself and others learn from the feedback or more than just one person!
Here are two simple rules on giving feedback:
1. If you like the photo, say why. Explain want it is that you like. If you have any suggestions on how the image could be improved, please do so.
2. If you do not like a photo, and this is harder to do, please say why. Explain want it is that you do not like. If you have any suggestions on how the image could be improved, again please do so.
Lastly; rules on receiving feedback! Take it on the chin! You may not like it, but you asked for it and so accept all feedback as a gift.