Photography | The Importance of Constructive Criticism

Published:24 Feb, 2013

I have always been very scared of criticism because I never knew how to handle them. But I guess this was all before I identified the rather blurred line between mere criticism and constructive criticism. This is something most people still do not understand and I have found that it affected my confidence with regard to my photography. Most new photographers are usually nervous about showing their work to the public because they do not want to be judged or laughed at. I went through this phase when I started taking pictures. I had created a Facebook page, but I kept it private for so many months and I only showed it to my very close friend because I was sure that he wouldn’t judge me. I later developed the confidence to make my page public and I was very surprised by how many people liked my photos. If there are any aspiring photographers out there reading this now, I would advice you to publish your work. Let people tell you what they think. It will help you grow and it will improve your skills.

It was only until last week that I decided to grow a pair and deal with constructive criticism. I discovered a website that allows creative minds to showcase their talents and I decided to join, so I sent my details and a link to my portfolio and I was very pleased to hear that they had accepted my submission because they liked some of my work. However, I was initially disheartened by the constructive criticism they gave me, but after thinking about it for a while I realised that they were absolutely right. They loved my street photography work and that was what made them approve my submission. But they also said that my biggest weakness is my editing, especially with portraits. They told me to decide what my photography style is. If you read my last post you would know that I discussed something similar. I’ve been thinking of trying out different styles and I know it will take a while, but I am ready to do whatever it takes.

They explained that there are some great photos on my website, but there are also a few pictures which aren’t good enough and would stop potential clients from contacting me. I have already taken action and I have purchased some books on editing and I have been watching a lot of tutorials. I will also be taking a lot more pictures. The email I received made me think about a lot of things. For example, most people compliment me for my street photography work and I know that is where my heart lies, but as a photographer I need to be able to branch into different areas of photography and I quite enjoy portrait photography, so I will be working on improving my editing skills and also training my eyes to identify a good photo.

Anyway, the whole point of this post is to share my thoughts on the feedback I received and to show you some of my old street photography work. I haven’t had the time to go out and take pictures because I have been very busy with school. But I will be making a photo diary this summer and you guys will be the first to see it!

Below are some pictures I took at London South Bank last year:

 

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I was able to fit in a short trip to Piccadilly Circus into my busy schedule last week and here are two of my favourite pictures from the day:

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ruled out the possibility of an extension of the deadline for customers to register for the Bank Verification Number (BVN) which closes tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Ibrahim Mu’azu, who spoke to a reporter on the telephone, yesterday, said that the window was open for one and a half years and customers had ample opportunity to register. According to him, as at the...

Tolu Ogunlesi: Half-time, and a quick win mentality

The postponement of the general elections from February to March and April ensured that the entire country was going to spend the whole of the first quarter of the year playing high-tension politics. Add the fact of a formal handover scheduled for the end of May, and a June widely seen as a settling-in period for a new government, and we can easily conclude that we essentially donated the entire first half of the year to the...

Dr. Aloy Chife: The National Identity Management Commission’s Misguided September Deadline and Our Charade of National Identity

On June 22, 2015, (Page 32) THISDAY newspaper reported that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) would, from September 1, 2015 mandate that “all transactions involving the identification of individuals must be done with the National Identification Number.” This means that it would not be possible for Nigerians to conduct transactions “offered by applicable government institutions” (for example, opening a bank account, applying for a license, participate in social welfare programs) unless they acquired the agency’s ID...

Ex-Beauty Queens Munachi Abii And Ene Maya Lawani Cover ‘The Celebrity Shoot’

Ex-Beauty Queens – Rapper, Munachi Abii & Designer, Ene Maya Lawani are the beautiful cover girls for the new edition of celebrity stylist, Abbyke Domina's magazine – The Celebrity Shoot. In this sizzling edition of The Celebrity Shoot, Muna is styled in a gorgeous white dress while Ene is featured in a new collaborative segment of the magazine titled ‘Abbyke Meets Ene Maya’ See photos from the shoot below...

Wike Again Retrieves Car From Another Amaechi’s Aide

The Rivers State Government, Nyesom Wike has again impounded an armoured Range Rover belonging to the immediate past Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha. This comes after he had earlier impounded a Lexus SUV from the residence of the former state Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, in a similar manner. The bullet-proof vehicle was removed from Okocha’s residence at Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area at about 9am by security operatives attached to Government House,...

Dino Melaye Pays Homage To God (Photos)

Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West Federal Constituency, has taken to Instagram to share photos where he kneels and bows in reverence to God. See more photos below...

It’s Too Late To Kick Saraki Out Of APC -Audu Ogbeh

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and a founding member of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who also played a key role in the merger of different opposition parties to form the All Progressives Congress has said he doesn't have any regrets in regards to the current National Assembly crisis. In a recent interview with Punch, Chief Ogbeh said, "No, I have no regrets. It was a good thing to do. Without doing it, there was no...

I Stepped Down For Buhari In 2015 Presidential Elections -Saraki

Denying reports that he is nursing an ambition for presidency in 2019, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said he actually quit his presidential bid in the 2015 election for President Muhammadu Buhari and also that he contributed immensely to the emergence of Buhari as President. The Senate President, who spoke to select journalists in an exclusive interview in Abuja on Saturday, also denied having plans to dump the All Progressives Congress due to the ongoing crisis in the...

Festus Keyamo Explains Why Diezani Must Be Probed

Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has reiterated his call for the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to be probed barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari dismissed the NNPC board. Keyamo had earlier written a letter to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Rep on June 17, asking the National Assembly to commence investigations into the activities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), especially with regard to the crude oil swap program and...

The NFF, Keshi and Enyeama Brouhaha – Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

Since the inception of the present board of the Nigeria Football Federation there have been different chronicles of crisis at different levels which is causing a great distraction for the players, Federation and football loving Nigerians. In Nigerian history, and from my childhood to adulthood, I have never at a time come about or read anywhere that the Football Federation fined a Super Eagles player for the acquisition of a red card. Ogenyi Onazi who went...

How TB Joshua Reacted To The US Gay Law Supreme Court Ruling

Various reactions have come in the wake of America formally legalising gay marriage across the entirety of its borders but one of the most unusual has sprung from a popular Nigerian cleric.  After the historic announcement, T.B. Joshua tweeted a YouTube video showing a young man allegedly receiving ‘deliverance’ from a ‘homosexual demon’.    The clip titled, ‘Deliverance From Homosexual Demon’ shows a Nigerian from Imo State...

How I have governed Kaduna in one month – Nasir El-Rufai

I welcome you all with humility and gratitude to the very first Town Hall meeting we are hosting as a government. It is not yet one month since we were sworn-in, but to the extent that it has pleased Allah to bestow His grace upon us, we have set about doing the work of change that you mandated us to do. During the campaign, we promised that we shall be engaging and interacting with the public...

Saraki Tells APC His Hands Were Tied Over Selection Of NASS Principal Officers

In a letter written to the All Progressives Congress, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said his hands were tied in regards to the selection of principal officers of the upper chamber. In his letter dated June 25, he said... “The said letter (Oyegun’s letter) was received after various APC zonal caucuses had taken their decisions to candidates as principal officers of the senate in line with parliamentary convention and the extant provisions of the senate standing orders 2015 as...

FG To Shut Down Open Patent Medicine Markets

The federal government as from July 1 will commence the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDGs), in a move to ensure that the organized drug distribution system in the country is strengthened. According to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, there is a need to put an end to the open drug market as the chaotic drug distribution poses a very big challenge to the entire health care delivery system of the country. “We are...

List Of The NNPC Board Members Dissolved Today By President Buhari

President Mohammadu Buhari on Friday dissolved the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This disclosure was contained in a letter signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi. The 9 members of the dissolved board are: Dr. Joseph T. Dawha – Group Managing Director Mr. Bernard O.N. Otti – Group Executive Director, Finance & Accounts Dr. Dan Efebo Group Executive Director, Corporate Services Ikechukwu Oguine – Coordinator, Legal Services/ Secretary to the Corporation Alhaji Abdullahi Bukar – Member Mr....

Tribunal Sacks Edo APC Lawmaker

The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin on Friday upturned the election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Yakubu Gowon, as the lawmaker representing Etsako West II Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly. Gowon had been declared the winner of the April 11 state assembly poll and returned elected to represent the constituency, where Governor Adams Oshiomhole hails from, by the Independent National Electoral Commission. But in the judgement,...

Buhari Holds First Jumat Prayer Inside Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday joined Muslim faithful for the Jumat service inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. That was the first time a Jumat service will be held in the premises. All former Muslim Presidents and Vice Presidents have been taking part in the services at the National Mosque, Abuja. Since his inauguration on May 29, Buhari had taken part in three Jumat services at the National Mosque.  He was in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State, last Friday. The...

Buhari Backs APC’s Stand On National Assembly Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday threw his weight behind the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to nominate candidates for the various principal offices in the National Assembly. Buhari, while responding to Thursday’s fracas in the House of Representatives, said he expected the APC lawmakers to toe the party’s line in the election of principal officers. Buhari, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu noted that the lawmakers should have...

Gay Marriage Declared Legal Across All 50 States Of America

Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional. In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. Victory in the case – known as Obergefell v Hodges,...

Group Warns Osun Assembly Not To Impeach Aregbesola

A group under the aegis of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation has warned the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam against impeaching Governor Rauf Aregbesola. A Judge in the state had earlier called for his resignation over his inability to pay workers’ salaries. The Speaker of the House also confirmed on Wednesday that the Assembly had received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, calling for the impeachment of Aregbesola on the grounds of...

APC, A National Disgrace; Says PDP Ex-Senate Leader

Former Senate leader and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, has flayed the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the protracted leadership tussle rocking the National Assembly, saying with its desperate political shenanigans, the party was taking the nation to nowhere, despite its promise of an Eldorado. Folarin, who represented Oyo Central Senatorial District twice in the upper chamber, noted that the manner the APC had so far handled its...

President Buhari Allegedly Dissolves NNPC Board

President Muhammadu Buhari, has dissolved the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with immediate effect, NTA reports. The dissolution was reportedly conveyed in a  letter signed on Friday, by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi. The President also...

Tweep Begs Nigerians To Stop Mentioning @NASS

Man with the twitter handle @Nass, has pleaded with  Nigerians to stop mentioning him through various reactions by Nigerians for an open National Assembly. The trending @Nass is coincidentally the real twitter handle of one Nasser Al-Saadi, a Senior Executive at Al Jazeera Media Network. See tweets below: https://twitter.com/Nass/status/614366727858589696 https://twitter.com/Nass/status/614416960147697668

Former First Lady Storms Liaison Office In Abuja, Takes Away N100m Property Worth

Shocking details of a raid on the Benue State Liaison Office in the Asokoro area in Abuja by the former First Lady of Benue State Yemisi Suswam has been provided to newsmen. Witnesses told SaharaReporters that the raid was conducted by associates close to Yemisi Suswam operating under the cover of darkness. These witnesses told our correspondent that Yemisi’s associates drove two large trucks to the Liaison Office in Abuja, with the intent to cart out...

UPDATE: 27 Killed In Tunisian Hotel Attack- Interior Ministry

Nearly 30 people, mostly tourists, have been killed and tens of others injured in an attack by unidentified armed men on a tourist resort in the central Tunisian town of Sousse. Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said two assailants opened fire on a beach resort near hotels in Port El Kantaoui tourist complex, located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of Sousse on Friday. According to the Tunisian official, 27 people were killed in...

France Attack: Terrorist Beheads One, Suspect Arrested & Identified

One person has been beheaded and two people injured in a terrorist attack at a gas factory near Lyon in southeastern France, French President Francois Hollande said Friday. The suspect's contacts with Muslim fundamentalists, and reports that Islamist flags or writings were found at the scene, point to an Islamist extremist motive. The shocking incident comes on the same day as both Tunisia and Kuwait were hit by terrorist attacks, the latter an...

Oyegun Has Lost Focus As APC Chairman And Must Resign Immediately – Save APC Group

Less than 2 years ago, different political parties came together to form one single, nationalistic opposition party in Nigeria, making history by not only being the first truly opposition party with national spread, but most importantly, going on to defeat the ruling party PDP in the March 28th elections after 16years in power. It was a glorious moment in our political history as a nation, one that political analysts and pundits from around the world are still trying to...

APC Lawmakers Vow To Ensure Dogara Obeys Party

Some members of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives have vowed to ensure the position of the party on the choice of principal officers in the House prevails. The lawmakers made this known at a press conference after the House descended into chaos Thursday. Nasiru Zango Daura, a member representing Zango/Baure Federal constituency of Katsina State, spoke on behalf of the lawmakers. Fracas erupted in the House following agitation by the lawmakers that the party’s...

Davido Launches New Clothing Line; O.B.O

Nigerian top artist, Davido has launched a clothing line, O.B.O. The singer took to his Instagram page to make the announcement.   Check out some of  his designs below: He has however been heavily criticized by his fans for using white models to unveil the line.  

HAPPENING NOW: Gunmen Attack Tourist Hotel In Tunisia

A tourist hotel in the Tunisian town of Sousse has been attacked by gunmen, a security source said. Ongoing exchanges of gunfire were being reported between the attackers and security forces. There were no other details immediately available. Tunisia has been on high alert since March when gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the worst attacks in a decade in the North African country. Credit: aljazeera

Ambode Visits Apapa-Oshodi Traffic Gridlock (Photos)

On his visit yesterday to the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode threatened to sanction erring tanker drivers who park indiscriminately on bridges and roads in Apapa. The  governor who a paid a visit to the area said a special task-force team will be set up soon that will ensure free flow of traffic in the area. He also witnessed first hand, the frustrating traffic caused by petroleum tanker drivers who park their tanks on the expressway while going to...

7 Secrets Of Successful Relationships

1. Supportive: For a relationship to be successful each person needs to feel a sense of support and optimism in the connection. When partnerships are supportive they are infused with hope giving each person the consistent sense that things can only get better as they continue to work together. All people respond to hope as hope sustains motivation. When people feel supported they can more clearly visualize the process of staying together and each becomes...

Afrobeats Legend, Fela’s 1st grandchild Weds Tomorrow At The New Afrika Shrine

Rolari Segun, the first grandchild of legendary afrobeats singer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is set to wed Benedict Jacka tomorrow Saturday, 27th June 2015 in a traditional wedding ceremony at the New Afrika Shrine in Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Rolari Segun is the daughter of Fela’s first child, Yeni Kuti and late businessman Femi Segun.

Why Senate Adjourned Plenary- Saraki

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate adjourned plenary to July 21, after just returning from another break, to give the Senate Ad-Hoc Committees on Legislative Agenda and Review of the Senate’s Finances time to conclude their work and submit their reports. Mr. Saraki had inaugurated the two committees on Thursday after the adjournment. In a statement on Friday, Mr. Saraki said the two committees were given one week to...

Meet Denrele Edun’s ‘Tom-boy’ Kid Sister, Aderonke

Eccentric VJ, Denrele Edun, popular for his unconventional way of dressing like a woman seems to have reversed roles with his kid sister, Aderonke Edun who is a tom-boy.  While Denrele dresses and carries himself like a female, his sister also acts and dresses like a boy all the time. Ronke reportedly attended Kabma-F International school for her primary education and Our Lady of Apostles, Yaba for her secondary education.

Buhari’s ADC Formally Writes For Withdrawal Of DSS Personnel From Villa- Report

Contrary to denial by the Presidency that operatives of the Department of State Services were not ordered out of the villa, Vanguard insists that that the Aide-de-Camp, ADC, to the President has formally informed the DSS that its personnel would no longer provide close body protection for the President as they are being replaced with men of the Nigerian Army and Police personnel “who were trained as Presidential Bodyguards.” Vanguard reported, yesterday, that ADC to the President,...

Police, Army Clash Over Uniform

A policeman was on Thursday reportedly killed, while others were injured after engaging soldiers in a gun duel at Ngwa High School Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Abia State. The dead police officer was allegedly hit in the chest during a crossfire between the army and police patrol team that stormed the Operation Base. The incident ,which was said to have lasted more than 30minutes, caused pandemonium in the area. Students, teachers inside the army base, shop owners...

Senate Will Reconvene To Consider Ministerial List- Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured that members of the Red Chamber will reconvene  any time before the adjourned date to consider any matter of urgent national importance or to attend to any national assignment requiring its attention, especially the nomination of ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari. He made this clarification in a statement released by his media team. “The adjournment of Senate’s plenary to July 21, 2015, was meant to give the Senate...

YouTube Hosts Toke Makinwa, Olisa Adibua, Frank Donga, Others For It’s 10th Anniversary (Photos)

YouTube on Wednesday, June 25, 2015, hosted a couple of Nigerian YouTube stars to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the video-sharing website. The gig tagged YouTube & the Stars, held at the Intercontinental Hotel and Resort, Victoria Island in Lagos with the likes Toke Makinwa? for her YouTube channel, Toke Moments; Ariyike Akinbobola for Ariyike Weekly;  Kunle Idowu popularly known as Frank Donga  as well as Olisa Adibua whose YouTube channel,...

Borno Govt. Denies Appointing Chibok School Principal As Commissioner

The Borno State government on Thursday denied an online media report that principal of Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok, Asabe Kwambura, has been appointed a commissioner by Gov. Kashim Shettima. Ms. Kwambura was in charge of the Chibok school in April 14 when Boko Haram stormed the school and abducted more than 200 girls. The girls remain in captivity more than a year after. The principal has been accused of conniving with the state government to...

ISIS Executes 12 Rival Takfiri Militants In Syria

ISIS Takfiri terrorists have decapitated at least a dozen members of rival militant groups in Syria on charges of fighting against them. The ISIS extremists, in a video titled Repent Before You Are In Our Hands released on Thursday, claimed the murder of 12 captives near the Syrian capital, Damascus. The prisoners, dressed in orange jumpsuits, are seen pinned to the ground and kneeling in a field before masked ISIS militants force them to the ground and...