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How to critique a photo

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How to critique a photo

  1. 1. How to Critique a Photo Gabrielle Foster
  2. 2. A critique by definition is a critical review or commentary, especially on one’s work of art.
  3. 3. Popular Misconception -A critique is not “whether or not you like a photo”
  4. 4. What are critical pieces of a critique? 1. Examine the photo. 2. Describe the photo based on general impression. 3. Address the photo based on techniques. 4. Talk about the artistic elements. 5.Write a summary of the overall assessment.
  5. 5. Step 1:Examine -look at the photograph -try to remain objective
  6. 6. Step 2: Describe What You See - describe the photo based on general impression: • what is good about the photo • what is bad about the photo • note possible improvements
  7. 7. Step 3: Talk about Techniques -value -clarity -composition -presentation
  8. 8. Step 4: Artistic Elements 1. Texture 2. Line 3. Color 4. Shape 5. Form 6. Tone 7. Space
  9. 9. Final Step: -Summarize your overall assessment of the photograph from step 1 to 4!
  10. 10. Example 1:  The gorgeous depth of field created by the lines of the trees and the buildings. Additional depth is created by zooming in to 70mm on my 24-70mm lens. 2. The way that the bride literally “stands out” from the image, with her white dress being surrounded by strong, bright, vivid colors.The “motion” created as the bride turns around gives an excitement and life-like feel to the portrait.  The sign above her head. A slightly lower camera angle would eliminate this main distraction.The purple banners in the background.There is a little too much “tilt” from this camera angle. The bride feels like she is leaning when she is not.The lights in the background.The parasol is a fantastic element. But it disappears into her dress. It would stand out much more if it was being held up above her head by her arm furthest from the camera.The pose is in motion, but the angle would be slightly more flattering had she been turned just a bit more toward the camera, creating a 3/4 view of the face, rather than a 7/8 view of the face. 
  11. 11. Example 2:  Her eyes are completely clear and in focus. Everything else is blurred out by the depth of field. Her head placement is turned slightly to reveal the flower in her hair.The shot captured at the perfect moment for a “windswept” look in the bangs.  The armpit cleavage. I should have adjusted the way she leaned on her arm to eliminate this unflattering element. Her chin needs to be a little higher, so her face is best proportioned. The spotty green background is slightly distracting. I needed to incorporate it more or find a simpler background.The mouth is open just beyond appropriate for this image. It’s not alluring, it looks like she may be just about to say something.I want to see just a little bit more of her dress. Zooming out a few inches would achieve this and create more “breathing room” for the shot. I want more light in her eyes, to create deeper pools of blue. A reflector closer to her face would have accomplished this. 
  12. 12. Example 3:  Although this photo is restricted to black and white it has various shades of grays which is appealing and makes this approach effective. However it can be argued that a wider range of colors would be more appropriate for this photograph. The composition is very good, my eyesight is drawn to the right where the starfish is featured which appears to be the subject. This photograph is both intriguing and interesting and I enjoy the photographers presentation overall!

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