CritiquingPhotography Erin McHugh Mr. Boothby Photographic Imaging One
Why Critique Photographs?• We critique photography to help enhance our own photography. Picking out the flaws or the good in others work can inspire us to take our own good pictures. Critiquing, often called “crit”, helps us to become better photographers.
The Basics• The first questions to ask when critiquing a photo are “What is good about it; What isn’t good, and how could it be better?”• When asking these questions, we need to keep in mind style and standards. Sometimes, a photograph might be good, but we won’t like its style. Its standards are the technical parts of the photography, its value, composition, clarity and presentation.
Value• Value of a photograph refers to light, a good photograph usually has a good contrast between its darks and lights• A well-contrasted photo usually has a good range of blacks, greys, and whites.
Clarity• The key to a well clarified picture is focus- a correctly focused photo is either sharply or softly focused• A well focused photo often has a contrast between the subject and background. A well- clarified photo doesn’t have a dark subject on a dark background, or a light subject on a light background.
Presentation• A good photograph is presented with no dust marks or scratches. There aren’t air bubbles or fingerprints, and any impurities have been removed using photoshop.
Composition• A well composed photo has a central point of interest.• It is cropped well and has given the subject. While negative space can enhance a photograph, too much isn’t good.
Adding It All Together• Look for each of the key points in the previous slides- composition, presentation, clarity, value and the basics. A good photo should address all the points and be visually interesting. Make sure to use a critical eye when critiquing and don’t hold back your opinion.
Critiquing A PhotoNow, let’s critique the photo to the right! The photo is okay- it could use some work!1- What’s good about it? You can really seethe texture of the bark. What isn’t good?Its kind of plain without a focal point. Whatcould be better? It could use a focal pointto be more interesting.2-Value- The photo could use some morecontrast. There aren’t any blacks or whites,just all grey.3-Clarity- The photograph is well focused.4- Presentation- There aren’t any marks,scratches or impurities.5-Composition- Theres no negative space,but the photo needs a main subject to bemore interesting.
Critiquing Another Photo1- What’s good about it? The girlupside down is a good focal point.What’s not good? You can’t see thegirl’s facial features.2- Value- There’s a good contrast This photo is very nicely done!between black, whites, and greys.3-Clarity- The photo is extremely wellfocused.4- Presentation- There are noscratches, dust marks, or otherproblems with the image.5-Composition- There isn’t negativespace and the subject is clear.
Our Final Critique!1- What’s good about it? It is extremely visuallyinteresting. What could be better? It would lookeven more interesting if it had color.2-Value- There is a good contrast between thegreys and whites, but the photo doesn’t have This is an excellent photo!much black.3- Clarity- The image is very well focused.4- Presentation- The photo doesn’t appear tohave any scratches or impurities.Composition- The photo takes up all the spacevery nicely.
Works Cited• Gutierrez, David. "David Gutierrez Photostream." Flickr. Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2013.• OBrien, Michael, and Norman Sibley. The Photographic Eye: Learning to See with a Camera. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 1995. Print.