I thought that it would be helpful to type a little something up on giving and receiving CC. I know that sometimes you might feel a little strange CCing images, especially if you're just starting your photography journey.
First of all, CC stands for Critique and Comments. It could be "good" things or "bad" things or even just an observation of the image. The point is, you're saying something about the image that you're looking at. When posting images here, it's best to assume that when someone looks at it, they're going to give you some CC on it. If you're only wanting to share, please say whether or not you want critique.
Posting for CC
So, when you posting for CC, it's best to keep the number of images to a minimum. We're all busy ladies here, and sometimes it's hard to give detailed CC on 10 images in one post. Pick your best, and possibly your worst, and post those. You will always want to include your settings. This is your shutter speed (SS), your F-stop (AP), your ISO, and your focal length. They are helpful in suggesting ways to improve your exposure. If you're unsure how to find your settings, there are many ways to do that. If you are using Flickr, you will find this under your "EXIF info". Another way to do this is to simply bring up your image in a photo viewer on your computer, right click on it, and view the Properties. Your settings should be included there.
Once you have received CC from others, you'll want to ask questions on anything that you don't understand. It's how you're going to learn. If you're not sure what you need to change, then ask some follow up questions. Also, you will always want to thank those who have taken their time to give you CC. Again, we're all busy ladies, and our time is precious, so it's always nice to be appreciated.
Giving CC is as equally important as receiving CC.
Anyone and everyone can give CC! That's the beauty of photography and art. Even if you're not a pro, you have your opinions on what you like and what you don't like, and that's awesome! It doesn't matter if you can help with the technical aspects of shooting or not (there will be someone else who can help with that), your opinion matters. So PLEASE don't ever feel like you're not "qualified" to chime in. Now, that doesn't mean that you can just say that it's "beautiful". Really study the image to see WHY you think it is "beautiful". On the other hand, if you don't like the image, think about WHY you don't like the image. Give an explanation explaining your feelings. When you're doing this, you're figuring out what makes a "good" or "bad" image, and you'll be able to apply that into your own work.
I hope this helps! I know that there are A LOT of lurkers out there that may feel like they don't know how to give CC on what they see here on this board. I invite all of you to come out and participate. Especially if you're wanting to step up your own photography. The only way to learn is to put yourself out there.
Thanks for this Stephanie!
Beth... mom to Andrea 7-26-97, Gavin 10-16-01, Kade 5-25-08 and Bentli Grace 09-09-09.
I sometimes hold back on giving cc due to not being all that good with editing but although I am new to editing, I am not new to photography so I still need to speak up and give my opinion Thx
Great info, thanks! I'd love to post more, but my two little ones keep me too busy most of the time.
Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
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May 26, 2010 - 7w1d
Great info, Stephanie! thanks for putting it out for all to see!
I know that it is intimidating to jump in - we were all there at one point or another, but just learning to comment on others' photos is such a great way to learn that I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Thanks again, Stephanie!