|Posted by Val Fox on July 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM|
I recently gave some feedback to a friend about some pictures he took. We like to examine photo's to learn what is good/not so good and how we can improve our shots. I hesitated at first as I was unsure how this friend would take my critique, then tried to approach the photo's objectively by giving impressions. I went on to say how I would have taken the same shot - explaining that my way is not necessarily better and that each of us comes from our own visions and perceptions. How we see the shot is quite subjective. My way might be different but it is not always better.
What are some positive ways to give feedback, focusing on the strengths of the photo/article while examining ways they might be improved? How do we provide feedback that is empowering and encouraging?
A while back I wrote a blog on what (I think) it takes to be a good writing coach (January 8, 2012.) The same principles could be used for giving feedback to others on their photographs, writing projects and other creative endeavors. I'm reminded that when we critique someone's work, ideally we challenge, we communicate, and we collaborate. We ask what is the vision of the artist that wrote this piece or took this photo. We ask the artist if he/she accomplished what they wanted for the photo.
I have learned that it's important to come from a loving place when giving feedback. What do you think? Please share your thoughts, and thanks for visiting Different Flowers One Meadow.
Tags: writing, photography, asking for feedback, giving constructive feedback, photo editing
Categories: A Writer's Journey