this status thingy means nothing at all.....
Welcome to the Internet....duh........
Last edited by ninelives; 14th February 2011 at 03:53 PM.
1. senior member does not mean an expert photographer. there are many top photographers in CS who do not post much. e.g. http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/member.php?u=7398
2. senior member also does not mean an expert photography critic, as i have seen excellent critiques given by both members and senior members alike. ditto for the less helpful critiques.
3. if TS gets compliments for their photos, it matters not whether the compliments are from senior members or not. however, i would imagine that compliments or critique from a truly respected figure in the world of photography (who also happens to be a CS member), would carry a bit more weight.
4. members being encouraging to other members is not altogether bad, as it motivates the photographer to take more photos and enjoy his hobby. true improvement in one's photography skills however takes much more than harsh and constructive critique on CS. the photographer must put in the commensurate amount of effort (usually huge!) to improve his knowledge, practice and better his skills, before he can see discernible improvement in his standard of photography.
5. a senior member is only a title given to acknowledge the longevity and activity of members in CS. discerning taste is not a prerequisite. however, if you come across senior members who are helpful, skillful and also tastefully discerning, then that's a happy coincidence for you.
Last edited by zaren; 14th February 2011 at 04:29 PM.
you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye
Thank you all who left they comments. It was educational, entertaining, and eye-opening. To respond to some of the post: no, I am not vying for senior member title. What bothers me is the lack of genuine critiques in gallery posts, hence I am less and less motivated to participate in this forum. It is sad as I learned a lot from the members here, most of them not active anymore, save a handful.
I will try to contribute but as this thread demonstrates, I am not half as active as many of you young and energetic members.
Maybe change to Clubsnap Expert 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, CE1, like the new military rank.
Interesting topic... I have been in this forum for 5 years... Havet even hit 1000 post count yet.... Sob sob... Will take at least 5/6 more years to reach SM... Lol
Anyway... IMHO... There is more life outside than been in a forum... So just go out and shoot more...
senior member is nothing but a title. i'm getting my promotion soon. am i a very good photographer? hardly. i just got no life, but spend here to tcss and play guitar...
anyways, a title is a title. i'm a senior member on an unmentionable forum, but it's because i'm a legend there. and old dinosaur from years past
right now it's of no matter to me whether i'm a senior there or not. most of my kind there are just idiot guys out to pick up the girls in the forum. kinda spoils the image.
likewise in here. being a senior member doesn't mean that that person is a good photographer. however, that person might have the theoretical knowledge for photography and his comments shouldn't be taken lightly. likewise, a senior member might know the hardware well, but can't take a good shot for nuts.
but in the end, they're able to help the newbies because of their knowledge. like it or not, they're here. you might not respect the person, but respect the rank.
As mentioned I guess that there has been a phenomenon of poor photography being encouraged with
And at times, it could be from members who wear the Senior Member tag... but I guess after a while if the newbies are discerning enough to look at threads with exemplary photos, they MIGHT learn what is right or wrong with their own basics.
for myself having had a go with APAD 2010, and followed a number of threads there, it becomes apparent that there are experienced members with good portfolio to show who are nevertheless ... still members.
it's up to the individual how much he or she wishes to learn and be critically aware of honest feedback or tasteless patronization.
having said that, the cultures between the different subforums vary quite a bit. for example i think the macro thread is both encouraging and yet gently critical should the need arise to pinpoint ways to improve.
...while on the other hand, the P&P subforum is quickly becoming a byword around here.