Constructive Criticism and some of my First Images.

by Vishesh Mulchan April. 11, 2017 879 views

This, I think, is a subjective topic to write about; it however has been on my mind for quite some time. This post contains my own personal views and experiences, and the images within are my early images from the first few months of having my Nikon D3300. Its was my second DSLR, but my first camera I'd owned in close to 8 years. 

“A pure heart does not demean the spirit of an individual, it, instead, compels the individual to examine his spirit.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

Since then I've joined a number of photography communities and received criticism, ask for and unasked for, and have grown as a photographer. The reason for my using my early images is simply because there are a lot of people out there who cannot take criticism of their work and even more people, who cannot give criticism in a constructive manner. 

Black and white Sun Set

Everyone has a different response to this B/W sunset. I don't particularly like it anymore.

I have had the experience of meeting individuals who will always give constructive criticism, but when their work is criticized, they say things like "rules are meant to be broken" and "photography is subjective. These are all true but then they turn around and tell others "the fundamental rule of photography you broke here is..." and "when taking a photo you need to make sure you don't..." 


Underexposed and noisy, not a good portrayal of this young lady's cosplay @ Alias 2016.

Now I do believe it is important to know the basic rules of photography and when to break those rules. God knows I've made some very unflattering images. But the purpose of this post is to get the point across that you can criticism without being hypocritical, and without being an outright bully in your community. Critiques should come from a place of encouragement, not in the form of tearing someone down to lift yourself. 

Fisherman Friends

Poor white balance in one of my personal favorite images. I knew nothing of working with white balance and color at the time.

Saying that people get offended because you are honest is not a good way to look at it. You can be honest and not insulting. Critique is integral in the growth of any individual, in any endeavor. Use the responsibility of, knowing more than the person, or having more experience, to help others grow. Be a shining light in your community, not a dark shadow. That is a surefire way to insert more negativity into your own life. 

Cosplayer in pose.

See how I inadvertently amputated this cos-player's fingers. One of my worse habits that I'm still working on.

There are many who's critiques bear no weight with me, because while they may be good critiques, I have no place for the bully mentality in my life. Do you agree? If not, or if you have your own experiences and views on constructive/destructive criticism please let me know in the comments. 

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Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes! I 100% agree with you. Cc makes us better photographers for sure but there's a nice, constructive way to do it. I'm always open to cc but not being nasty just to be nasty. We all start somewhere and are at different places on our journey...and it's just that a journey with no official end so we are always learning. Amputating body parts is something I always have to pay attention to as well...easy to do. I find a good rule of thumb for cc is to start with a strength of the photo, followed by the cc, and ending on a positive note with what you like about the photo.

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Vishesh Mulchan Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 9 months ago

It does make us better photographers. Some people either just like being trolls or put others down to build themselves up. When I started 10 years ago I didn't dream of a life beyond auto... and now my camera doesn't even have an auto setting. I agree with starting CC with the strengths as well. Too much we see criticism as a negative thing, when it can be a positive.

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Ram Ya 3 years, 9 months ago

#1 btw, I love this shot! It goes to my favorites

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Vishesh Mulchan Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you very much.

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Ram Ya 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks so much for writing this. I go through most of these myself. I think the first one I fixed was cutting off limbs because when I started lot of people complained about that :)

I think practise and self-criticism is the key. I hope your's help others.

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Vishesh Mulchan Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 9 months ago

I'll be honest, I still do that sometimes because a lot of my photos are taken in fast pace situations. I'm glad you enjoyed it and yes I do hope this post helps others. :) thank you

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