How to Critique Someone’s Work
Hoffer Photography is comprised of Tony and Amy Hoffer, who are amazing wedding photographers located in Philadelphia. Yesterday Tony posted a blog and it wasn’t just any blog, it was the best kind: the sarcastic kind. The text caption was “ever since the dawn of the internet, the photography community has been a supportive network that’s willing to forgo their competitive nature and put their egos aside in order to give thoughtful and constructive critique,” and I was sold.
Although I’ve been friends with Tony on the internet for a long time, and we live a mere three hours away from each other, we’ve never met. But besides the awesome photos he posts, his smart-ass statuses are always on pointe. So naturally, I knew that the critique he made was going to be pure gold before I even read it. Tony has been a wedding photographer for about 7 years, and over those years he’s noticed that the climate with the photography community has got more and more tense. The critiques people used to give were well thought out and in depth, but now they’re filled with so many “this is the best photo ever” to “this is the dumbest picture I’ve ever seen.” There’s no common ground any more, no purposeful process. Thus, Tony came up with this perfect illustration.