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Comments on commenting

Commenting on photos is often difficult, especially for new members who may not feel comfortable giving advice or criticism to the “old hands”. You may even prefer to wait and see what other people say about your photos then follow their lead.

The comments on the gallery photos are what make the challenge community grow and the entries improve. There are no qualifications required for writing helpful comments. Everyone is welcome to comment on everyone else’s photos and almost all comments are appreciated and welcomed.

If you are new to commenting, try this three step process:

1. What is your first impression?
2. What message, if any, does the photo give to you?
3. Does the photo “work” for you. If not, why not?

Consider the above steps, then write your comment. If you can see a way to improve the photo, say so. If you simply like the photo very much, say so.

Earlier, challengers who had a * next to their titles were requesting honest critiques. This practice has been abandoned, as we concluded we all wanted honest critiques. If you know a better way to process the photo, share it with the group. If you can see a more balanced or interesting crop, tell the photographer. If the photo is showing a colour cast on your monitor, let it be known. Interesting discussions occasionally arise in the commentary and everyone can and does, learn from them.

The CSLR challenge community is an open and friendly group for photographers to share their skills, knowledge and help each other improve. Share your views with the group by using the comment facility to promote conversation about the photographs on display.

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