How to Critique a Photo Colin Crosby Mr. Boothby 1/7/8
4 Steps to a SuccessfulPhoto1. Value2. Clarity3. Presentation4. Composition a. Point of Interest b. lines c. Cropping
ValueIn a photograph, Value concerns light; specifically the range of light.A good photo should have different shades of black, to gray, to white. Or in color photos, brighter yellows, reds and oranges, with blues, purples, and greens. But be sure that the photo stays within the same color schemes.
ClarityThe second key thing to focus on is, focus! But not just on if the entire photo is in focus. A good photo should just have a point of interest in focus. The subject can be in soft focus, where the edges are blurred a bit, or sharp focus, where there is an all around crisp, clean focus.
CompositionThe photo overall should have a good composition, or the way it is composed, with 4 key factors1. Presentation2. Point of Interest3. Cropping4. Lines
PresentationThe photo should be clean. Some things to keep an eye out for are: -Finger Prints -Glop -Glitches
Point of InterestIn addition to focus, there should be a specific point of interest. A point of interest is a spot in a photo that stands out from all the rest.
CroppingOnce you find the point of interest and the cleanliness of the photo, you should focus on the cropping of the photo. Or, the way that the photo is framed.
LinesLastly, the lines should be taken into consideration. Lines have a great impact on photos. Anything from the criss cross of a forest in the background or the curvature to a figures face is important. Without lines, the photo would almost be a flat blank nothing.
PhotoCritiqueExample 1In this photo I see many examples of the points described above. The Value of the photos is well ranged. There are the darker greys inside the roots and much brighter whites up front. Next is the clarity of the photo. This photo is in sharp focus because there are no blurred edges. Presentation; to the naked eye this photo seems clean, no smudges, fingerprints, or streaks can be seen. To me, this photo has no specific point of interest. I find the cropping of this photo to be quite interesting because, there is no real border but it just seems to focus only on the roots; which are taking up the entire photo. Lastly, lines. The lines in this particular photo are very unique. Because of these roots or vines there are many lines on the edges of the roots, which gives the photo a very unique touch.
Photo This photo was taken by a wedding photographer, Craig Collins. This photo has some quite awesome value to it. There are the whites in the middle of theCritique rose, with a gradual grey to black as you look into the flowers shadows. This photo is also very crisp and clean and in focus. Although, I would say the middle is more in focus than the rest making it in soft focus. The composition is also in check. The presentation is flawless. The point ofExample 2 interest is clearly defined as the ring in the rose in the very center of the photo. I personally enjoy the black outline surround the photo giving the photo an important feel to it. Lastly, the lines of the rose are clearly defined. You can see the lines in the center of the rose, and moving outward with the pedals.
PhotoCritiqueExample 2 This photo was taken by Thomas Hauser. Again, I feel the value of this photo is excellent. The whites in the flowers at the center with their black stems is fantastic. The photo is also in focus. This photo has a nice, crisp sharp focus. The photo itself is also clean with no marks or fingerprints. To me this photo doesnt have any specific point of interest because the photo is in sharp focus. I enjoy how the flowers in their peculiar vases are defined by the grey background. Referring back to the cropping, they lines are clearly defined by the grey background again. You can see the lines of the stems as well as the clearness of the the curves in the flower pedals.