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  1. 1. Critiquing a Photo Samantha Agnelli Period 6
  2. 2. Basic Tips for Critiquing a Photo  Positive and negative comments are balanced  Ask yourself:  What is good about it?  What is not good?  How could it be better?
  3. 3. Things to Remember  Move beyond your own likes and dislikes  Identify the technical, objective factors that define a photo and evaluate them
  4. 4. Where to Begin  Determine the facts about a photo  Once you do this, you have a good basis for determining your own opinions
  5. 5. Four Basic Factors  Four basic factors determine a photograph’s standard:     Value Clarity Composition Presentation
  6. 6. Value  Value, in a photograph, concerns light  Value refers to the range of light in a photograph  As a general rule, the more contrast a photo has, the greater its visual impact will be  Causes for poor value:     Incorrect exposure How the film is processed The kind of paper used to make the print Exposed paper
  7. 7. Clarity  The primary key to clarity is focus  In a correctly focused photograph, a subject may be either sharp or soft  With sharp focus, all edges are very clearly defined  With soft focus, the edges blur a bit  Questions to ask:  What’s in focus?  What should be in focus?  Look at what’s not in focus: Why is it not?
  8. 8. Clarity  Clarity depends on an appropriate shutter speed and an appropriate degree of contrast between the subject and background  Causes for poor clarity:  Focus is the most common  Using too large an aperture  Incorrect shutter speed
  9. 9. Composition  Point of Interest  Is there a point of interest?  A photo should have one clear point of interest  Cropping  Is is tight? (Is the frame filled with important elements or is there wasted space?)  Balance  Is it top-heavy, lopsided, or boring?  Lines  Even a single line can draw the viewer’s eye toward away from the point of interest
  10. 10. Presentation  Look for the care and skill with which the final product has been produced  Look for stuff on the negative that shouldn't’ be there like white flecks, fingerprints, and dark circles  Other aspects of presentation:  Neatly trimmed edges  Squared corners  Proper adhesion to the mat board
  11. 11. Sample Critique 1 I like the value in this photo. There are very dark darks, very light lights, and many shades of gray in between. I also like how the photo is in focus. Another thing I like is how it’s cropped, so that the entire picture is filled with important elements. Something I would improve is the brightness of the window and the watch because they distract from the faces, which are darker. From Chapter 4 The Photographic Eye
  12. 12. Sample Critique 2 I really like this photo because it is very interesting and not boring to look at. The thing that makes it interesting is the presentation of it; the lines are not perfectly horizontal. Something I would do to improve this would be to crop the cloud out because it can distract from the main focus, which is the cat. Corey Arnold Photography
  13. 13. Sample Critique 3 Micah Albert Photographer This photo is very interesting to look at. I like the way the photographer captures the sun shining through. The value in this photo is great because there are light lights (the sun) and dark darks (the side of the hill). There are also many shades in between, like the ground. Something I would improve is the purple spot on the picture, as it distracts from the photo since it’s a completely different color from the rest of the picture.