Those in the creative fields know the power of critique, learning from peers and growing within what they are most passionate about. Sites like Dribbble do a great job with sharing and crowndsourcing respected opinions and critiques from other designers to build better design. Photic.me is a place for people to learn about photography with other photographers.
Staef Piledahl tells us “The need for ‘review’ of ones work is a fundamental part of learning. We let people upload their photos and they then receive advice, not from random people, but from people whose style they respect. Our focus is on growing your skills, not just browsing and commenting on pretty pictures. “
Most photography sharing sites are about quick responses and comments like “Looks lovely” or “Great Photo”, but obtaining constructive review and reading constructive reviews from others as a platform has not been successfully built. Staef further tells us:
“And that’s why we are here. We know how to do it, we have the research to back our goals and we work closely with our community to be sure that we are not loosing touch with reality. Have a look at the advice people get on our beta, it’s actually pretty awesome, and that’s mostly thanks to great photographers helping each other!”
When a person leaves a critique on the Photic.me, they tell the photographer the Impression the photo left with them, what they Liked and they offer a piece of Advice or suggestion to help make the shot better or what the photographer should be aware of for the future. Photic.me is currently in beta, and as the community grows with more photographers they truly have a chance to grab an audience that wants learn and grow instead of just share. Although we think there are flaws in the overall composition of the site, the concept is sound and the critiques are very thoughtful – check the site out for yourself if you’re a photographer that wants to learn more or are one that can pass your insights to others. Everyone could learn more and Photic.me is helping photographers.