Constructive feedback – that´s how it works

A practical guidance to use the function constructive feedback

fotocommunity photographers have already activated this feature for their images. This clearly shows that there is a need for constructive feedback. Its not enough for these photographers to present their pictures beautifully, they are also interested in honest feedback on their pictures.

Successful constructive feedback

To ensure that you will not be disappointed, we will tell you a few tricks at this point, with which you can successfully adopt the new function for your use:

1. Think carefully about which picture you activate the new function

Much helps much is the wrong decision. If you think carefully, for which image you have questions, you are uncertain and specifically want to have feedback, then you should activate the function exactly for this photo.

2. Ask questions in the image description

In this way you help the commentator to recognize your needs and to be able to help you more concretely.

3. Do not activate a series!

It does not make sense to enable “constructive feedback” on all photos in a series. Since the pictures are usually similar and created under the same conditions, it is sufficient if a photo of the series is active.

4. Respond to feedback that other members give you!

If you have received feedback on your photo, it means that other people have worked intensively on your photos. They share their knowledge with you and want to help you. Give something back by responding to comments made by others in your photos!

5. Exchange is mutual!

Here to: tit for tat. You have received constructive feedback? Then give feedback to other photographers, who tagged their photo for constructive feedback.

You think you can not criticize constructively? Far from it! Constructive feedback is often just a description of how a picture affects you or what you might have done differently. It’s never about “good or bad”. How constructive criticism can look like was explained in this help article.

fotocommunity thrives on a constructive exchange. Of course, it is not enough to simply activate this option and wait. It’s important that you also help other photographers who want constructive feedback. Because the basis for a healthy constructive-critical debate can only be a good relationship between give and take.

Advancement: the choice to receive helpful feedback

Since its foundation fotocommunity stands for communication between its members, but of course especially for the exchange of photography. An essential focus of this exchange has been the assistance of the members among each other, how better photos can be made. This was mainly due to comments that pointed to the strengths of the image as well as its weaknesses and potential for improvement.

Recently, we have heard more and more that the quality of this type of feedback has diminished – although this kind of assistance is still desired. Maybe you feel the same: praise and mutual recognition are important to you and motivate you to continue. But when it comes to getting better or seeing others’ views on your own pictures, praise hardly helps. Because only if you find out what others really think about your photos and what they might have done differently, only then this feedback will help you to further develop your photographic skills.

We would like to strengthen the culture of discussion and feedback in the fotocommunity. The first step is the new feature that we have made available to you:
constructive photo feedback.

From now on you can mark your own photos visible to all, if you are interested in constructive comments.

In this way you signal your motivation for an exchange on content. In addition, photographers who want to give deliberate constructive feedback will find much faster photos in which an intense discussion about the image is intentional and falls on fertile ground.

Thereby we would like to follow the constructive and critical orientation of fotocommunity of the early years and give more attention to the constructive engagement with photography. We want to encourage you to take a closer look at a photo, think about it, and write down your thoughts to make fotocommunity even more a place for content about photography – the place where photographers support and mutually promote each other.

Exchange is a mutual enrichment
fotocommunity lives from constructive exchange. Of course, it is not enough to simply activate this option and wait. It’s important that you also help other photographers who ask for constructive feedback. The basis for a healthy constructive-critical debate can only be a good relationship between give-and-take.

You think you can not criticize constructively? Far wrong, because constructive feedback is often just a description of how a picture affects you or what you might have done differently. It’s never about “good or bad”.

Watch your reaction
If you have activated the Feedback Requested option, you are asking other members to critically review your photo. This may well result in honest reactions that draw your attention to improvements or aberrations – because that is the purpose of this feature.
However, you should keep in mind that this feedback is always a subjective opinion of an individual.

Particular sensitivities are out of place, because criticizing your photo is not a criticism of your person. Other members invest time and knowledge to provide constructive feedback on your image. You should reward this accordingly and also respond to the feedback given to you, because every photo discussion is the starting point for a further development of the photographic abilities and skills of all those involved.

How does it work?To signal to other fotocommunity members that you are interested in constructive feedback, you can now mark your photos accordingly activating the feedback modus as shown below.

If you tagged the photo  for constructive feedback, the visitor will find a note that you explicitly ask for constructive feedback on photographic and design aspects, directly under your photo, above the comment field.

My images released for constructive feedback
In order to keep track of your pictures released for constructive feedback, they will be displayed directly under the navigation point “Photos” in your profile. This photo list can be found in an identical place in the profile of other photographers, provided that these images have been marked for constructive feedback.

How to recognize photos tagged for constructive
Each photo for which this function has been activated is marked with this special symbol:



So you can easily see the photos where there is a desire for constructive-critical feedback.

Where do I find photos tagged for constructive feedback?
This new section is displayed in the main navigation menu:

And on our “Explore page:

We wish you a lot of fun with our new feature, but also good experiences with honest feedback to your photos for further improvements to train your photographic skills.



Advancement: follow a section

Better overview on topics of your interest

Thematically fotocommunity is divided into nearly 20.000, partly very specific sections. This simplifies the assignment of your photo to a certain topic, but makes it difficult to find interesting pictures.

In order to streamline the overview of topics of interest for you, it is now possible to follow certain sections. This means that you can now also subscribe to sections as well as following other members. You find the “Follow”-button in the header of each subsection (main categories are excluded).

"Follow" - Button in the header of the selected subsection

“Follow” – Button in the header of the selected subsection

My sections

All pictures, which are uploaded in sections you follow, are now bundled in a separate list view. This new list of pictures can be found in “My Community” or in your “Profile”. For reasons of space we have summarized a few points in the small drop-down menu. From now on you will find there: “My Community”, “My Sections”, “Photos of Friends” and “Photo Discussions”.

The new menu "My sections" in your profile

The new menu in your profile

Management of the picture list “My sections”

The picture list “My Sections” is structured, as you already know from the individual categories. Beneath your personal menu you’ll find small thumbnails of subscribed sections and the option to manage them in a horizontal bar. If you click on one of the section previews you jump directly to the section within the section structure.

horizontal overview of your selected sections

horizontal overview of your selected sections

If you click on “Manage” on the left, a clear layout of your subscribed sections will open, with the option to unsubscribe via “Unfollow”.

Management of your selected sections - "Unfollow" - Button

Management of your selected sections

New Photo Challenge “Transportation”!

The first Photo Challenge of 2018 – “Transportation”

Photo Challenge transportation

Along the Old Main No.13 – Out of the Forest, Into the Sun No. 1 (© 2017 by Steve Ember)











We opened the first Photo Challenge in 2018!


People need to overcome distances. They travel, they go to work, they visit friends or family. Goods need to be transported from their place of production to traders or other locations for further processing.
Do you have a special picture of any transport vehicle or transportation means? Whatever you have in mind of transportation: bicycles, cars, trains, trucks, planes, etc.

Show us a sort of transportation means in specific situations – or abstract? Get inspired by your own creativity!

This is your chance to participate in this Photo Challenge!

Structure and stages of the Photo Challenge:

Upload & Voting Phase from 01. January 2018 to 24. January 2018

Extended Voting Only Phase until 31. January 2018

Announcement of the Results: 31. January 2018

How to participate:

  1. All registered photographers of fotocommunity are eligible to participate. (Register now)
  2. Each account may participate in the Photo Challenge with 3 different pictures.
  3. The photos can only be voted by our premium members. (Become a premium member now)
  4. Please no copyright notice in the photo and in the title!
  5. Photos that do not fit into the competition will be removed.
  6. The photos are anonymous during the upload and voting phase.
  7. Failure to comply to the rules will result in administrative removal of the photo.

Interested? Upload your photo here !

The first three winning photos will be placed in the Gallery.

Photo Challenge December – the winners!

Presenting the winner photos:

All votes are counted, the December Photo Challenge is finished, the winners have been determined.
Winter is mostly cold and dark, but even though beautiful motives can be found. Landscapes or details, its an exciting season! Thanks to all photographers for their participation.

Congratulations to palma, who won the first place (6.878 pts)!

Photo Challenge three trees for three

three trees for three

The second place goes to palma as well with 6.678 pts, congratulations!

Photo Challenge A Winter day

A Winter day …

Mihajlo Vasiljevic won the third place (6.367 pts)

Photo Challenge Durmitor Black Lake Montenegro

Durmitor Black Lake Montenegro