DPE Podcast 9.15.15 – How do you know if you are making good images plus Rick and Juan answer your questions

September 15, 2015


This episode of the Digital Photo Experience Rick and Juan discuss how to know if you are making good images, plus we go on a (kind hearted) rant. Lastly we answer some of your questions.

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4 Responses to “DPE Podcast 9.15.15 – How do you know if you are making good images plus Rick and Juan answer your questions”

  1. Greg H Says:

    So after listening to this show, I have to wonder…how do you tell if you are taking good photos or not? You didn’t cover that topic at all. You just bashed this poor guy who was pondering his photography skill. You can judge the quality of your and other people’s work because you’ve been doing this for a long time and built that skill. It would be useful to help others gain that skill as well.

    And regarding “internet famous photographers”, well that is a huge accomplishment! Getting your photos noticed out of the billions that are posted every day and building an audience, wow, that takes some amazing skills (social and otherwise) to do that. As with all things, the person with the greatest technical skill is rarely the one that succeeds on a high level. Taylor Swift is not producing the world’s greatest music, but she does connect with a huge number of people and is hugely successful. Classically trained musicians can stand in the back of the audience and snicker at her lack of talent all they want, but she’s obviously doing something right because millions of people love it. Figuring out why that is can help everybody that’s trying to build their audience.


    • Pat Porter Says:

      I must take exception to this post because getting “noticed” does not mean there is quality in the work. I can’t help but think that if the mediocre photographer spent as much time improving his or her photography skills as was spent on “getting noticed”, then the photography would be much better eventually and less effort would have to be spent on the “notice” part. I have not listened to Ms. Swift, but I doubt she would accept the premise that she has little talent but a good “notice” apparatus. Real learning and real talent take time and effort, and I am still investing that time and effort. Perhaps someday I will get there.


    • Rebecca S Says:

      I think the point is they don’t know the answer, and nobody has the “correct answer”. That’s why they wanted the audience to respond with their thoughts.

      I do agree with you that getting noticed is an accomplishment all in itself. But the point of the podcast, I think, is really just the subject, “how do you know you’re making good images?”

      I don’t really have an answer to that. We all cringe when seeing our own old photos, which we regarded as great at one point in time. When I cull my current batch for the best few, it’s very subjective. It has to be technically good, of course, but that aside, I just go by my gut feeling.


  2. Richard Says:

    Thanks for the rant. You have hit upon an issue that has wider ramifications than photography. Constructive, informed, unbiased critiques are rare these days. They are not provided, nor welcomed by many. Just look at the feedback on social media – most just hit the “like” button. I am heavily involved in editorial work for a scientific journal, and there are so few who can I can rely on to provide worthwhile reviews. Most say “good job” and “ready to publish”. And the recipients do not welcome “real” critiques. They take it personally, and are also not very receptive.

    Getting back to photography, I note that you both were careful to point out that critiques represent the views of the giver, and the recipient is free to do with them what they wish. I personally have received some very strong feedback that concluded with the prediction that it would not be very favourably viewed by anyone. So be it, because I was pleased that it was what I set out to create, and if others liked it, well that was a bonus.

    :-) … MomentsForZen (Richard)


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