To comment or not to comment.

To comment or not to comment.That is the question.
Work has been a little on the quiet side this past few weeks and so I have had much more time to browse through peoples photos and artistic creations. Here is what I think might be quite a controversial question: Whilst I think that the standard of work is very high on Red Bubble, there has been the odd occasion when I have thought to myself “That is nice but if only he had done this or she had done that, it would be a masterpiece”. Maybe not a masterpiece but you know what I mean, sometimes the smallest of adjustments or a slightly tighter crop would make a world of difference to how an image is viewed.
My question to you all is this:

Is it better not to comment on a person’s work rather than to be honest and add a little constructive comment? I am not talking about criticism, that wouldn’t be fair. After all we all have a different concept as to what makes a good piece of work and tastes vary vastly from person to person.

I suppose what I am asking is, would it be considered rude or impolite to comment on someones work and then to add or suggest a change to improve the image if you were to explain why those changes might help? I for one certainly would not want to offend any one, particulaly within this community because everybody has been so welcoming and friendly.

I have had the good fortune to have number of well respected photogrographers view and comment on my work and the small changes that were suggested did make a huge difference, some of which I have added to my Red Bubble gallery.
Take “Out of the shadows” for instance. It was suggested that I should lighten the chest area just a little to draw the viewer’s attention to the face. I made the changes and viewed the new version alongside the original, which I must admit was an image that I thought was pretty darn good. I was amazed at the difference and at people’s reaction to the improved image. “Summer gold” was cropped just a little tighter and that now seems to be one of my most popular images.

So, I would really like to know what the general consensus of opinion is regarding constructive comment. Would people be offended or would they try and get something positive out of it? After all, how else do we learn or begin to grow in our art forms what ever they might be.

I hope you take my point on what I have written and would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

To comment or not to comment.


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