You are right, any image posted on any forum is open for critique, this is pretty universal across for all photography forums on the internet. Often I've been accused of "sugar coating" critiques. I disagree as my attitude toward a critique is simple, I'll give you the same message
whether you are working pro or an amatuer, but as an amatuer I'll be "nicer" in my delivery because the last thing I want to do is discourage photography. If you are a published pro, when I'm familiar with your work, I will be more critical
in my tone, but mean no
I've learned this over my 27 years of photography working with editors and photo editors and my own experience as an editor, plus I've also learned no photograph is immune at any time in anyone's career from constructive
critiques or criticism.
As a note, one other thing that bothers me with this image besides your correctness in a graphic artist's ineffectiveness to not
utilize negative space is that diagonal line
that starts from the model's right shoulder, on the left side of the image, diagonally down to the bluish pillow on the right--notice how that line also cuts through the (left, white dress) model's eyes? That line, in what appears to be glass, cuts the image in half diagonally. This image doesn't cut the mustard for me for a cover, not even for a catalog, especially the lack of detail in the higlights of the dress where it meets the concrete.
No disprect to Rick, he's a great photographer and I've seen much better work from him, this should have been caught by the art creative
(perhaps AD) as usually with catalogs, unlike magazines, there is no real editor, only designers and copy editors and an art director. Just my thoughts, wishing you the best, rg sends!
agree and another note..