Forget New Year’s resolutions this week! What food or drink do you think you could NEVER give up because it brings you so much pleasure? This isn’t meant to be a confessional – we are a photography challenge after all. So put on your photography hat and do your best to create one new image that will make the rest of us want to join you in your guilty pleasure. ALSO…
I chose what I think should be a fairly easy challenge theme this week because what I really want you to focus on is COMMENTING on others’ photos.
Please comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” I believe that when you approach comments from this perspective, you can improve your own photography.
Many of you comment often and I thank you for that. However, I know that others often feel that they don’t “know enough” to comment on someone else’s photo. I understand this feeling because I used to think the same way. I thought that once I knew enough about photography, I could look at a photo and form an opinion about it that would be the same as other photographers in the know. After taking an Image Analysis class recently, I learned that it is impossible for multiple people to all form the same opinion about a photo because everyone has a different set of likes/dislikes as well as different life experiences. The important thing is to _own_ your opinion and be able to explain why you feel that way. “Owning your opinion” means using phrases like “I feel”, “I believe”, “It appears to me”, etc. in your comments.
Likewise, if you have a suggestion to improve a photo, instead of saying, “The photo would be better if…”, use a phrase like “I wonder what the photo would look like if…” or “I believe … might improve the photo.” In other words, form the suggestion as an opinion instead of a statement of fact.
I’m curious how the rest of you approach commenting – both giving as well as receiving. Feel free to join our discussion over on Facebook.
If you’d like more details on food photography, check out some of our previous challenges that might help you with ideas and techniques this week:
- 2018 WEEK 34: Food and Drink
- 2017 WEEK 2: We Are What We Eat
- 2017 WEEK 45: Clear Glass without Reflections
- 2013 WEEK 2: Food
The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:
- Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.