When not to critique..Out of all of deviantART's recent site improvements, including a more comprehensive message center, and new 'sleek' site design (I wont go into blunders here *cough* portfolioBETA *cough*), Critiques is by far the most useful tool available on the site.When not to critique.. by straightfromcamera
Unless of course, you're not using it properly.
I have seen several deviations with glowing critiques on them (4-5 stars), and almost none with mediocre or below critiques (3 or less stars).
Based on the few I have looked at, as research for this article, A lot of people are using critiques as glorified comment boxes, and that both defeats the purpose, and does not help the artist. As much as a glowing review is appreciated, a truthful, real review will help more.
A short guide on using the critique system, and giving helpful critiques.
0) Critique not Criticize. If you don't know the difference, check the dictionary.
1) If you think your critique is going to upset someone, ask if they would li
Aperture, Shutter, and ISO: What? How? Why?I get a lot of questions in notes or comments asking about the technical aspects of my photos, or photography in general. Instead of answering these inquiries in private, I decided to try and make an easy resource available to all here on dA. Hopefully this will help those who ask the questions as well as those who might be too shy to.Aperture, Shutter, and ISO: What? How? Why? by seenew
(other photogs, if you think I worded something wrong, by all means let me know so I can fix it!)
So let's dive in!
Okay, the first thing you need to learn is what a "stop" is. A stop, or f/stop, is a... 'unit' of light. It is technically a function of the relationship of the opening of the aperture and the focal length of the lens. That's as scientific as I will go for a definition. At its basic level, it is a measure of light. If you double the amount of light in an exposure, you are increasing the exposure by "a stop" or "one stop" or "one f/stop." If you halve (as in, divide by two) the amount of light in an exposure, you are decreasing the exposure
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