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How to critique photography from a design perspective. How do you know if your photos are good? Find out here. ...

How to critique photography from a design perspective. How do you know if your photos are good? Find out here.

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    ImageMaven  How To Critique Photography ImageMaven How To Critique Photography Presentation Transcript

    • Take Better Pictures 3
    • Critiquing Photography from a design perspective
    • Critique using 3 values +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
    • Emotional This is when we view an image for the first time and express our reaction.
    • Emotional Note your impression and explain WHY
    • Emotional
    • If I like it, why? If not, why not?
    • Does it arouse an emotion, a mood, tell a story, remind me of my past, my dreams, my present?
    • This image makes me feel . . .
    • This image reminds me of . . .
    • You seem to have captured . . .
    • I am trying to grasp the mood, the subject, the focal point, . . .
    • I want to feel more . . .
    • What did you see that made you click the shutter?
    • For a stronger impact I would . . .
    • The mood might be more impacted with . . .
    • Artistic Is the concept unique, creative?
    • Artistic Is the composition and subject placement pleasing to the eye?
    • Artistic Is the subject of interest obvious?
    • Artistic Is there anything in the image that does not add to its impact?
    • Artistic Does the perspective work?
    • Artistic Are lines aligned/not aligned creatively (horizons for example) or are they mere distractions?
    • Artistic
    • The composition might be more compelling if . . .
    • My eye wants to . . .
    • If the subject were moved a little to the . . . it might create . . .
    • If the subject were moved closer . . . or further away . . .
    • The angle of the subject might be better . . .
    • The foreground feels distracting to . . .
    • The background seems to . . .
    • For stronger impact, I would crop . . .
    • Technical Is the photo in focus or meant to be blurry?
    • Technical Does the overall exposure work?
    • Technical Is Photoshop overly used (colours, sharpness, contrast, brightness)?
    • Technical
    • Is the blur intentional?
    • The image is too dark, too light, too muddy, which . . .
    • I would change/ add . . .
    • The highlights/ shadows are . . .
    • The background is blurry which . . .
    • The background needs to be blurry which . . .
    • The exposure feels . . . what did you use for exposure? In camera metering or . . . Next time I would suggest . .
    • A worthy critique remains friendly, thoughtful, positive, considerate, and always honest.
    • Practice critiquing the following images, as well as your own.
    • Use the visual language you have just learned.
    • Emotional+Artistic+Technical
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    • A worthy critique remains friendly, thoughtful, positive, considerate, and always honest.
    • Offer some depth into the why, along with added suggestions or recommendations.
    • Valuable critiquing utilizes proper etiquette for the purpose of enhancing and expanding a photographer’s skill from an objective point of view.
    • About Marlene Hielema Marlene Hielema is a photographer and educator in Calgary, Alberta. She teaches photography at SAIT, and ACAD, plus she designs and delivers seminars on the practical uses of photography in corporate communications.
    • All images © Marlene Hielema www.imagemaven.com