Critique web sites

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by John Fryatt, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest

    Hi All,

    I'm thinking of joining one of those web sites where you can upload some
    images and other people can offer comments on them.

    I'd be interested to know of any other photographers experiences with
    such sites, and which one(s) you'd recommend.

    John Fryatt, Feb 28, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    They are mostly a waste of time, because no-one is ever truly
    critical. If anyone leaves a critical comment he/she will soon find
    there is a campaign to discredit his/her images. The end result is
    that praise is given even when not deserved.

    So you have to decide whether the "Wow! Great Shot!" comments are in
    any way worthwhile, when they are mostly insincere.
    Tony Polson, Feb 28, 2006
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    John Fryatt Guest

    Hmm, I did wonder about that, hence my question. Shame really.

    You say 'mostly', do you know of any decent ones or is that just writing
    Not a lot. :-(
    John Fryatt, Feb 28, 2006
  4. I'd say the best is probably . It's not quite so
    sycophantic as some of the others I've seen. People there tend not to
    comment on the bog standard snapshots. If they like an image they're likely
    to tell you why, and also how it could be improved. It's not perfect, but
    better than most. It's run on a shoestring though, so the site is often
    Janie Thomson, Feb 28, 2006
  5. Hi John

    I used PhotoSIG ( for a week or two recently, but it
    gets pretty irritating. Some people seem to genuinely want to look at
    each others work and give an honest opinion, others are, sadly, just in
    the 'Wow, great shot' category.

    The most annoying thing about it is that it's run on an Ebay style
    feedback system, and (unless you pay them money, which I was not
    prepared to do), you can only upload images for others to critique if
    you have received a certain number of feedback points within a 72 hour
    period. Plus, you get more points if you are one of the first three to
    critique a picture. It all becomes quite competitive, and you end up
    saying anything about shots you hate, just to earn enough points to
    upload another photo.

    Also, some of the images are borderline porn, and, although there is a
    content rating system, it's up to the person uploading it to rate it,
    and I'm sure some deliberately rate incorrectly to ensure more people
    look at them.

    It's a bit like a compulsive computer game, it sucks you into its little
    world, and you wake up one morning wondering why you bothered. Join a
    friendly camera club instead, would be my advice!

    Hope that helps,

    David Chamberlin, Feb 28, 2006
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    Jun Liu, Feb 28, 2006
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    John Fryatt Guest

    Yes, I value all opinions. Sadly these sites seem not to have that good
    a rep, so far at least.
    I am in a photography club, which I agree is a good thing. The web site
    was just another possible 'outlet'.

    John Fryatt, Feb 28, 2006
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    modehead Guest
    modehead, Mar 1, 2006
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    Stu Carter Guest

    I actually quite like using photoSig. It's no problem to earn enough
    points to post photos. You definitely have to take critiques with a pinch
    of salt - work out for yourself what's important in the comments given.

    When I give critiques, I tend to try and find at least one good thing to
    say even if I've slated a picture. Or if I can't find anything nice to
    say, I'll often look through their portfolio and find a good example to

    So... I think there's an element of self-congratulation on the site, but I
    find the feedback absolutely vital for figuring out what others think of
    my work.

    Yes, there's contraversy, and porn but I haven't seen any recent postings
    given an incorrect age rating, so my work-based viewing has not been

    I host my portfolio on pbase (which I pay for), but there are nowhere
    near the number of comments as on photoSig, so I usually test the water at
    the latter before committing to the former.

    I hope this helps a little,


    Stu Carter, Mar 1, 2006
  10. Just to follow up on this, I requested my account to be deleted from
    PhotoSIG, but received a reply this morning as follows:
    This makes me feel slightly uneasy - I've deleted all my photos, and
    have asked them to remove my name and e-mail, but I'm a bit concerned
    that my account will remain outstanding. I guess this is to do with
    points that others have accrued in relation to my activity, but it's
    still something they should warn you about before signing up, IMHO.

    Kind regards all

    David Chamberlin, Mar 2, 2006
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    John Fryatt Guest

    Thanks for that David. I'm just thinking about it for a bit and then I
    think I'll try some of those recommended. I'll give PhotoSig a miss now.
    Mind you, if they remove your name and e-mail I suppose it becomes a
    blank account then? Still seems slightly odd though.
    John Fryatt, Mar 2, 2006
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    tebo Guest

    Hi John.
    Go to a local photo-club.
    There you can learn more than at those sites.
    Good luck.
    tebo, Mar 8, 2006
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    John Fryatt Guest

    Hi Ted, I am in a local club. Just thinking about something extra.

    John Fryatt, Mar 8, 2006
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