I’m probably not alone when I see many people on social media or various websites post a photo and ask for open feedback or critiques. You may have even done it before. For me, I’ve been very vocal that I would never just ask the public for feedback, and I have a big reason why…
Constructive feedback and meaningful critiques are a skill – plain and simple… absolutely zero doubt about it. It’s a skill that most people just don’t have because they were never trained in it or have not practiced it to a large extent. And just because you received feedback, doesn’t mean that person is right. And now you’re faced with figuring out “should I follow that feedback or not?”. So are you really in a better spot after asking for public feedback?
I personally don’t think so. And neither does the person in this video (Seth Godin) I’m sharing below. The segment I’m going to ask you to watch is about 4 minutes long. I’ll set it up by saying he’s being interviewed about a new book he’s written. Yeah, I know, he’s a professional writer and you’re a photographer, so what’s the connection? It’s HUGE if you sit back and are open to it. What they are talking about affects professionals, hobbyists, and anyone that makes something.
But… you have to watch for about 4 minutes. The conversation will tail off into something about his book but it comes back to a very important finishing statement. You’ll know you’re at the point when you hear Seth say (around 38:50) “That’s the way they work the best… So in this moment…”.
That final statement is powerful. It’s up to you to put together your support group or collaborators. I suppose that in joining a Facebook group, maybe you think you’ve done just that. But I think YOU need to take the responsibility to take it further. If you really want to improve, you need to figure out exactly who you need in your corner and I don’t believe that can be anyone on a Facebook group that decides to comment on your open request for feedback.