Bangor and North Down Camera Club (BNDCC)

Bangor and North Down Camera Club, (BNDCC), Northern Ireland, UK.
"Promoting and developing all aspects of the art of photography through example, discussion and competition."

Bangor and North Down Camera Club

Bangor and North Down Facebook FEEDBACK Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/648345351847852/

The purpose of our ‘Feedback: BNDCC’ Facebook Group is to help members improve their photography by way of example and feedback. In order to help those who are new to photography, or new to providing feedback, and as a refresher course for those who have been at this a long time, I was thinking we need some general guidelines to what we are looking for in feedback on our photography.

First; some basic rules…

1. Before you post your image for feedback you must provide feedback on at least two other images.
2. Before you offer feedback; read the guidelines, advice, tips, suggestions, etc. below.
3. Then, please take some time and think about what you are going to say. Please treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

Giving Feedback:

Giving useful and constructive feedback is an important part of how we learn ourselves, and how we can learn from others. If you are new to photography, or new to the camera club, you might not feel comfortable about providing feedback.

However; it is not hard to do and as you practice doing it and read others feedback, you will quickly learn what is useful and what is not. First, I will list a few comments that are not useful feedback.

Nice shot!
It doesn't do anything for me.
I don't get it.
Lovely!

Quite simply, such comments do not help anyone. On receiving such feedback, members will understandably ask themselves:
What’s so nice about the shot?
What is it that doesn’t do anything?
Is there nothing you like in it?
How could I have composed it better?
What don’t you get?
What don’t you like?
What’s lovely?
What is it that you like?

The bottom line is that everyone wants to know:

1. What you like, think works well, etc.
2. What you don’t like, don’t think works well, etc.

No matter what level of photographic experience you have, you will be able offer useful and constructive feedback by simply addressing these two issues – what you like /don’t like.

As you gain experience you should expand on this and offer some more information on how you think the image could be improved. This should include things that already work well but would be even better if… as well as those things that don’t work so well but could be improved by…

Be informal and you will find that human nature will often prevail. If someone often gives good honest and useful feedback on your images, then you will do the same for them! Which leads me on to receiving feedback.

Receiving Feedback:

Take the feedback as merely information. You may find that some folk like certain aspects of your image, while others may disagree. Take it all on the chin and thank them for taking the time. Carefully consider what you think is worth listening to, but remember that the feedback has been offered in the hope that it will help and that the purpose of our ‘Feedback: BNDCC’ Facebook Group is to help members improve their photography by way of example and feedback.

Access the Facebook Feedback page at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/648345351847852/