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Who to follow ?

Published February 9th, 2012

I occasionally browse around fresh and upcoming. If some image catches my interest I will look at the rest of the portfolio. If I see a consistent quality and "language" I will follow, if it is a one-off only, I 'like' it and maybe favor it. Random images I throw at flickr, here I rather see a portfolio.

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Dislike ?

Published January 4th, 2012

Did you ever click on 'DISLIKE' ?

I tried to click once, but could not because affection level too low, but the same moment I also felt uncomfortable about it. It is like creating unhappiness for someone you dont even know.

Is 'Dislike' without feedback an offence ?

I dont mind getting a LIKE and even prefer it over a comment like 'great image,..', otherwise you have more to say. Putting an image online in a photo community should invite compliments (of course!) but also give space to critique. How can we grow if we have the impression our images are perfect ?

IMO: Dislike should come with a reason and a photographer should invite and expect criticism, if not I should put images in a gallery website without feedback channel.

Unfortunately it quickly becomes a personal thing and I saw flame wars in some communities before, guess that is our human nature, right ?

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About comments

Published January 4th, 2012

I like the selection of images I come across here, I occasionally click on fresh or upcoming and find certainly something that attracts me. But despite the high submission quality, the quality of comments is similar to other photo communities. Of course it is nice to hear compliments about one's images but it does not make us grow and learn further. I am hesitating to put comments like 'awesome,great,nice,...' because it is often superficial. If I like an image I spend a minute to write more than a few words, that shows my appreciation.

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About photo communities

Published January 2nd, 2012

This is not the first community I joined, quite a number of websites came and left again. Flckr is a tool, the noise factor is huge, you must be very selective to find images you like to look at or rather spend time to find them. Others are focused on selling or force you do place every uploaded image into a specific main category,sub-category,sub-sub-category,..

I came across 500px only a few days back, even it exists for a number of years already. I enjoy to find interesting images every day so far without clicking to dozens of groups and categories.

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