• Doug Knisely says:

    Excellent thoughts, Dan. Being in a position where I luckily have no desire, need, or aspiration of making money from photography, but also having worked hard for a long time to learn and grow to a fairly competent level, it is extremely difficult to get honest and insightful feedback, even when you pay for it. I think that even very talented photographers “know” very quickly when work is good or bad, but it is incredibly difficult to articulate what exactly could/should have been done better or what is wrong beyond the most basic technical and compositional aspects. Sometimes photos follow no rules and are remarkably compelling — magical. Other times, images (most “good” images) are perfect according to all the “rules,” and fall flat. The latter are the tough ones to provide feedback on.

    The MASTER of feedback is Joe McNally. He is kind and can relate to photographers in their space and at their level, yet he knows how to pull out the things that are limiting the image that nobody else seems to be able to articulate and describe them concisely and clearly. And I don’t think he ever holds back. 😉 Frankly, I’ve never heard anybody else who has that skill (although I’m sure there are many top echelon photographers who have that ability).

    In any case, great article!


  • rad says:

    Let people learn their own lessons. You may think that you are pretty good, yes you are in your own specific area of photography. Learning is all about going thought all mistakes – only a determination is the key to a succes – I would rather support people than stop them. I would have advice for your Ego – STOP let it eat you x

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