I propose we create a "critique" tag on the main site, instead of moving the contest to the main site and mixing it up with critiques.
I don't like the idea of moving the contest from meta because I'd see it as "clutter" with each entry getting its own question. What happens to the questions when the entries are selected as winners? Are they deleted? Do they linger on?
What happens to the non-winners? Do they also linger on? This has the potential to become bloated and stagnant the same way the current contest has.
Critiques and Contests don't necessarily have the same goals. Critiques are definitely about improving. Contests are about winning, even if some people may be more interested in the "process".
There are those who might not want to participate in a "contest", but would participate in a critique, and vice versa.
Changing the contest may require more work for moderators without any definite benefit.
Critiques, without contest, would fulfill the objective of encouraging photographic practice among participants of the site.
Critique participants can be encouraged to submit a new photo to the contest, based on feedback received.
Suggestions for use of critique tag:
Question tagged "critique".
Title in following format: Critique (YYYY.MM): [Title/Question]
Attempt to make [Title/Question] component as unique and descriptive as possible.
Perhaps can include category of photo, like Macro or Portrait. Would need a list of acceptable categories.
Description should include the following:
- Title of Photo (optional)
- Description – situation, background, setting.
- Objective or Challenges – What photographer wanted to achieve. Photographic challenges.
- Equipment – Specific camera, lens, and other equipment used.
- Mode (manual/auto), focal length, aperture, shutter speed.
- Color profile, highlight, shadow, contrast, white balance, etc.
Post Processing – software and procedures used.
- Question or Request – Specific question to direct responses.
Other relevant details.
Photo – Should be inlined at end of post. Submission implicitly licenses photo as CC-BY-SA.
Critique of a single photo.
The limit of photos that will be critiqued is one. Additional images may be shown to show the development of the photo, such as before and after post processing.
Photos should be submitted for critique only once. It is acceptable to discuss multiple questions/objectives related to the photo. It is also fine for responses to identify problems or improvements not previously noticed.
Photographers are requested to refrain from submitting overly similar photos for critique.
Critique of a Related Series, as suggested by AJ Henderson.
The limit of photos for a series is ___. Photos must be related to each other. They must share the same the description and objective. The petitioner of a critique of a series must request a focused critique with a specific question that applies to the entire series.
Series of apparently unrelated photos should be closed as too broad.
NSFW, boudoir – Will not be allowed initially. If critiques work out well, further discussion would be needed before expansion.
Votes – Vote as you wish, up or down. Over time, if critiques become generally accepted, downvotes for whatever reason should not be a significant problem.
Opinion Based – Critiques inherently request the opinions of others. As long as there is a specific question or objective to guide responses, critiques would not generally be closed for being opinion based.
Critique requests without a specific question or objective may be closed as opinion based, "What do you think of my photo?", or too broad, "What can I do to improve this photo?"
Recommended reading: Good Subjective, Bad Subjective
Too Broad – The following should be closed as too broad.
- Critiques for a series of unrelated images.
- Requests without specific question or objective to guide the critique. May also be closed as opinion based.
Other – We'll have to see what's submitted to determine the boundaries of acceptable critiques.
Duplicates – ???
What to do when a critique is essentially the same as a normal question, or vice versa?
We already get questions that are basically critique requests with attached questions that have already been asked. These questions could be tagged and retitled as critiques. (Should they?)
How should very similar photos be handled? For instance, flying birds and flower photos tend to look very similar.
What differentiates a critique from a normal question?
This proposal outlines the question title/description of a critique, but how should responses differ between critiques and normal questions? Are there any good guidelines for how to critique a photo?
Here are some recent questions that might have made good critique questions, though they do not follow all of the guidelines set forth above. (Those interested, feel free to edit to add to the list.)
- How to shoot nice shots in indoor nightclub?
- How to get even lighting when using flash for group photos near wall?