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coolmama72's picture
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ILP?

I tried searching this forum for "ILP" so that I wouldn't be repeating something that's been discussed. But for some reason, it wouldn't search for it. I think "ILP" itself is too short for a search parameter (I've had failure searching in the past because the search string is too short).

Anyhow, at the risk of repeating a discussed topic, I wanted to know who posts on ILP. Do you feel that you get more out of posting there? I haven't dived into posting there, mainly because I already spend a ton of time on pg.org, I'm afraid of getting more sucked in. But I really want additional feedback on some of my photography, things that I can do to better improve. Am I better off posting over there? Not instead of here, but in addition. So I guess what I'm hoping for from this thread is to find out who posts there and what you get out of it (good and bad). It's such a huge forum, I'm not sure of the best way to dive in. I don't want to just ask for CC off the bat, I feel like I should pay my dues first. Which gets back to the time investment online.

Please humor me in this discussion. Just want to know if that's a good way to grow, to get more feedback on what I'm doing wrong, what I'm doing right.

EL2
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I do this to get more feedback. It's a fast moving board on ILP. I don't post much there as I do here.

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Joined: 06/22/07
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It's a great board for critique. The unfortunate thing about it is that it is so big now that you have to post a lot to be "known" and you have to be "known" to get lots of feedback. Don't get me wrong...you'll still get a few comments here and there, but it's hard to get more than a few unless people know who you are.

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Joined: 12/28/05
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Just from the few threads I've read on there, Jessica's assessment seems about right to me. I don't want to have to post for hours on dozens of threads just to become part of the top stratification over there.

Also, I've noticed that people at ILP can get pretty nasty. One lady asked whether she had blown a shot, and someone replied, "Yes, you've blown it. Blown to smithereens." And it was a shot of her kid, for herself. Personally, I'm just trying to get nice shots of my kid. I'm not trying to be a professional, not trying to sell my shots. I do NOT want harsh CC (honest CC can be given nicely.) I want to be encouraged. I think this board does a waaay better job of that.

You could also scope out some groups on Flickr. There are discussion threads over there too, as you know. That's been helpful to me as well. Especially since Meagan is always commenting on my stuff (thanks lady!)

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Gwen ... I don't post on ILP, so I can't comment on that, but I do belong to another board (a Texas photo board). I hardly ever post, but have started doing so more lately so that I could get some additional feed back (they were really helpful when trying to decide what to do about lighting).

My point? If you can find a somewhat smaller board, maybe something regional or more topic specific (maybe kids photography?), you might be able to get more feed back.

FWIT ... I tend to get BETTER feedback from here, actually. Unless you are a pro, most of the folks on the TX board tend to just say "I like it" rather than offer true c&c. If you stress that you want HHCC, they'll give it to you, but for the most part, I get much more honest, well spoken, to the point c&c right here.

Just my $0.02 worth.

Hope you find what you're looking for.

GiGi

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thanks for the replies, it helps.

"acarbo99" wrote:

Hope you find what you're looking for.

I just realized what I'm looking for. I want a mentor, someone who will work with me and help me grow until the right decisions with the camera are automatic for me. I want to not have to do much with PP, I want to be good without huge color corrections and such.

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Everyone is different. I mostly lurk there. It has an abundance of knowledge. But - there are other places where you can find that and more.

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I really love this board and ILP. I post both places and I've gotten a lot of feedback on some of my posts. I think I get great CC from both forums. I read a lot on ILP too. There's just an abundance of information and so many photos I see give me ideas and inspiration. I've received some pretty blunt CC there but that kind of stuff doesn't bother me at all. I want people to pick out every little thing wrong in my pictures so that I can either fix them in PS or avoid them in the next session. If I still like a photo, nothing anyone says will change that. I think my skills have improved tremendously thanks to these two boards.

I know how you feel about these boards taking up so much time though. If you're trying to take pictures, edit them, post them for CC, how on earth do you find time to comment on other people's threads w/o completely ignoring your kids? I work full time and most of my posts are on my work days {sneaky grin}.

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I really appreciate the different input here.

I'm going to start a new thread both here and there, and check out the different feedback on the same set. but really, this board is my photographic home to me. I don't have the energy to find a new one.

Krissy - I totally ignore my kids to post and process pictures. it's awful and I hate it. I also stay up really late, and am suffering from that. it's not good!

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I stay up way too late too. My hands are starting to hurt from mousing as well. This obsession has got to stop!!!

Just keep in mind when you post on ILP that you need to be specific with your title, ask for specific CC, post your settings, and the SOOC next to PP image is always helpful if you're asking for help with your PS edits.

What's your ILP screen name again? I'll bump it if it falls down. Smile

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You know, the person that jumped on Kelly was actually at the meet up I went to. I think that she is just a blunt kind of person, cause face to face, she is very sweet, just matter of fact. I was really nervous going when I knew she would be there.

ILP has it's pros and cons. It's nice seeing YA'LL over there as it isn't as scarey. But I like our tight group here. The Ambers and Stacey and Molly and Meagan and Katie and Jen and everyone else are all helping me improve activly. Over there, I am learning by reading, not by advice given to me personally if that makes any sense.

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"klebanik" wrote:

The Ambers and Stacey and Molly and Meagan and Katie and Jen and everyone else are all helping me improve activly.

You forgot Krissys. Smile :) Smile Just playing.

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"Bumbo Babies" wrote:

What's your ILP screen name again? I'll bump it if it falls down. Smile

it's "nugget" (which is DH's nickname for me). I don't know why I didn't pick my usual coolmama72. and thanks Krissy!

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With a screen name like Nugget, you're sure to be remembered over there. Smile