We Do Not Create Photos for You to Critique


My 'Behind the Scenes' is not an invitation for your opinion.

This is going to be a bit of a whiny post, so I’m sorry in advance! This is just a topic that, for some reason, I get really heated about. As many of you who follow my Instagram know, I’m always putting ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of my posts in my stories. This is to show how much of a difference editing can actually make, especially as some of the ‘afters’ are pretty drastic.

This is NOT an invitation for you to say “I prefer the before.”

I know people have their own personal opinions on editing, and I know that the way I edit photos will not be everyone’s cup of tea. But there are sometimes in life where you should probably just keep your opinions to yourself. This is one of those times.

I would never, EVER message someone saying I don’t like the way they’ve editing their photos because I know how much time and effort has gone into doing so. It can sometimes take hours and hours to get just one photo right, so to me, messaging someone to say “I prefer the before of this photo” is a little bit insulting.

And I know people may not mean for it to sound insulting, to be honest I don’t really know why they send the comment off in the first place, but I can’t help but feel a tiny bit annoyed when I get a message saying “I don’t like the way you’ve edited this.” I honestly don’t mind if you don’t like the way I’ve edited a photo, fair enough, but at least be a little bit kinder (and less blunt) in the way you word the message. You’re more likely to receive a nicer reply from me if the message said “I personally would have edited this differently, but I still love the photo!” Do you see the difference?

On top of this, I don't know what telling someone “I prefer the original photo” actually achieves. It’s unnecessary. I’m not going to change the way I edit my photos because I LOVE the way they turn out, so really you have just wasted your own time.

“But Bronte, you say what you don’t like about books all the time!” Well, that is completely different. That is what a purpose of reviewing a book is. Authors and Publishers want their books to be reviewed. Instagrammers (most of the time) never ask for an in-depth review of their photos. We just want our content to be appreciated for what it is.

I’m aware that writing this silly little blog post isn’t really going to achieve anything. I’m also not directly calling anyone out, I have just received this comment too many times for me to ignore now. So I guess the moral of this little rant can be summed up with the very wise words of Thumper from Bambi “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all”