How to deal with criticism?
Most modelforums also have a system where photos are assessed.
Some modelforums offers the opportunity to like, comment or save photos in galleries, the others forum are offering complete contests that give a photographer or the model in question great credit when they win it.
It is very good for a model and a photographer to learn from each other in this way. You learn to judge photos technically or to see what the taste of the general public is. However, it is sometimes a bit of a blow when comments (or exchanges occur in comments) or when the contests are taken too seriously by the participants.
It is also often too much of a good thing, for a starting photographer or model, to have to meet the towering quality that the experienced photographers or retouchers deliver. It can have a demotivating effect and deprive the fun of a fun photo shoot if a photo is judged on the basis of (the absence of) criticisms because the person in question does not participate in the crazy madness. But of course it remains up to you as a model to choose whether you will participate in each other with compliments or comments and to what extent you want to be criticized. You can often turn this off and just do your own thing ....
Tone of voice
Also think about your own tone of voice. How do you give criticism, substantive or superficial? Be friendly, polite and do not comment if it is not necessary. You get what you give. Be an example of how it should be done.
If you think a photo is bad, you don't have to say this. Saying nothing often says enough. Always give constructive criticism that benefits someone else. Good, cool, super, top, bold, cool, are nice expressions, but what do you like about the photo? The model, the light, the setting, the concept, the colors, the sharpness? Try to say something substantive.
As soon as you give substantive criticism, you will also get it back. That is also educational and has more to offer. Better a few good criticisms that will help you forwards, than hundreds of hearts which does not say anything at all.
Learn, learn, learn. Modelforums are ideal to learn to from others!
Modelforums, like Modelmayhem, are offering daily contests. Be sure if you upload a picture, it will be there forever. If you for some reason, afterwards regret, there is always a possibility to ask a moderator to delete the photo, but do not assume that this will work.
The quality of the competition, is often very high. So really think three times before you upload a photo. To appear at the bottom of the list is not so nice. Also be suspicious that there may also be negative comments.
Are you a starting model? Focus on your own profile, look carefully at other profiles, but do not stare blindly at the best of the best.
But if you have a VERY beautiful photo: the contest is a good medium to put yourself in the spotlight. And if you are a winner, this is of course fantastic for your brand awareness and portfolio.
Make a note of your 'awards', these are, after all, a great honor and a big deal for your portfolio and curriculum vitae!
Marga van der Vet is a model, blogger and content specialist. But mostly she is just a woman; living and loving her family, dog and horses. She lives on the countryside of the Netherlands and 'models' mainly in Europe.
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