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Meet ARS: A New Platform for Photo Critique
By Joseph Tepper, October 2, 2018 @ 12:00 PM (EST)

As much as it may be awesome to read your grandparents comment “Best Underwater Photographer Ever” on your social media posts, it’s not exactly productive for becoming a better image-maker.

Enter ARS: It’s a new platform designed to give photographers honest opinions and critiques about their images. There’s no pressure to be patronizing or hyperbolically complimentary in hopes of gaining followers.

Created by Eric Kim, ARS distributes images at random for critique. "Whenever you upload a photograph to Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, etc – most people (to not hurt your feelings) will just say something generic like, ‘Nice shot! [...] If someone saw my picture (and didn’t know who I was), would they still like the picture?" explains Eric.

We agree with that sentiment—and dig the simple-yet-effective “Keep” or “Ditch” polling buttons for your uploaded images. Users can add comments explaining their decision as well. So get ready for some tough love by signing into ARS with a Google account and uploading your first images. 

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