ImageMaven How To Critique Photography

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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

  1. 1. Take Better Pictures 3
  2. 2. Critiquing Photography from a design perspective
  3. 3. Critique using 3 values +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  4. 4. Emotional This is when we view an image for the first time and express our reaction.
  5. 5. Emotional Note your impression and explain WHY
  6. 6. Emotional
  7. 7. If I like it, why? If not, why not?
  8. 8. Does it arouse an emotion, a mood, tell a story, remind me of my past, my dreams, my present?
  9. 9. This image makes me feel . . .
  10. 10. This image reminds me of . . .
  11. 11. You seem to have captured . . .
  12. 12. I am trying to grasp the mood, the subject, the focal point, . . .
  13. 13. I want to feel more . . .
  14. 14. What did you see that made you click the shutter?
  15. 15. For a stronger impact I would . . .
  16. 16. The mood might be more impacted with . . .
  17. 17. Artistic Is the concept unique, creative?
  18. 18. Artistic Is the composition and subject placement pleasing to the eye?
  19. 19. Artistic Is the subject of interest obvious?
  20. 20. Artistic Is there anything in the image that does not add to its impact?
  21. 21. Artistic Does the perspective work?
  22. 22. Artistic Are lines aligned/not aligned creatively (horizons for example) or are they mere distractions?
  23. 23. Artistic
  24. 24. The composition might be more compelling if . . .
  25. 25. My eye wants to . . .
  26. 26. If the subject were moved a little to the . . . it might create . . .
  27. 27. If the subject were moved closer . . . or further away . . .
  28. 28. The angle of the subject might be better . . .
  29. 29. The foreground feels distracting to . . .
  30. 30. The background seems to . . .
  31. 31. For stronger impact, I would crop . . .
  32. 32. Technical Is the photo in focus or meant to be blurry?
  33. 33. Technical Does the overall exposure work?
  34. 34. Technical Is Photoshop overly used (colours, sharpness, contrast, brightness)?
  35. 35. Technical
  36. 36. Is the blur intentional?
  37. 37. The image is too dark, too light, too muddy, which . . .
  38. 38. I would change/ add . . .
  39. 39. The highlights/ shadows are . . .
  40. 40. The background is blurry which . . .
  41. 41. The background needs to be blurry which . . .
  42. 42. The exposure feels . . . what did you use for exposure? In camera metering or . . . Next time I would suggest . .
  43. 43. A worthy critique remains friendly, thoughtful, positive, considerate, and always honest.
  44. 44. Practice critiquing the following images, as well as your own.
  45. 45. Use the visual language you have just learned.
  46. 46. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  47. 47. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  48. 48. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  49. 49. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  50. 50. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  51. 51. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  52. 52. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  53. 53. Emotional+Artistic+Technical
  54. 54. +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  55. 55. +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  56. 56. +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  57. 57. +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  58. 58. +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  59. 59. +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  60. 60. +Emotional +Artistic +Technical
  61. 61. A worthy critique remains friendly, thoughtful, positive, considerate, and always honest.
  62. 62. Offer some depth into the why, along with added suggestions or recommendations.
  63. 63. Valuable critiquing utilizes proper etiquette for the purpose of enhancing and expanding a photographer’s skill from an objective point of view.
  64. 64. 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.
  65. 65. All images © Marlene Hielema www.imagemaven.com

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