10/17/2012

Critique a Reader's Photo.....


One thing we should all be doing if we want to improve our photography skills is to learn how to critique images - both our own and other peoples. This is actually a great way of growing your photographic "eye", which is just as important as learning the technical side of photography - if not more. It's worth bearing in mind that it's not just the person receiving the critique that benefits - the person leaving one will too so it really is a win-win! Looking at our own photographs objectively is hard (especially if it is photos of our lovely kiddos) so an another pair of eyes to give an opinion, or to be able to look at photos we don't have an emotional connection to, can really help you on your photographic journey.

The lovely Jan has been very, very brave to be the first up to send in a photo for everyone to look at and critique. (she has already given me her list of what she thinks is wrong!!) Please take a moment to leave a comment - even if you think that because you are also learning your opinion doesn't count, it does and will help, regardless of how much you feel you are able to contribute. Even if you don't want to comment on the technical side, just give your emotional response. Take a look at How to Critique a Photo for some questions to ask yourself.


Settings: F1.8 / 1/500 / ISO200

What to do

1) Take a moment to study the photograph and look at exposure, composition, white balance, depth of field etc. You can say how the photo makes you feel, or what your eye was drawn to in the image, or whether something distracted you. Take a look at How to Critique a Photo for more guidance.

2) Leave a comment below with your critique. Go further than just saying "nice photo" or "cute!" - be specific about the things you like and what you would change. Please always leave a comment that has an improvement tip, and remember to keep it constructive.

I'm going to write my critique after you have had a go, but please, please, please take the time to do so - you will start to find your eye for composition, color, exposure etc will start to kick in after you have done a few and I promise you will learn a lot about photography from doing so.

Remember, if you take a moment to critique this photo, you are not only helping Jan, but helping yourself too!

P.S If you would like to be a brave soul and put a photo up for critique, please get in touch through the comment form!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not sure if its happening to others but no image appears on this post except a link to a web page called 'workspace' & it is password protected

Audrey said...

Thanks so much for letting me know - it comes up OK on my computer, probably as I have the link to it! Sorry everyone, please have a look now!!

Beth said...

This is my first time commenting - I hope I do it right! I love the little hands (covered in dirt LOL!) and the way you don't see her face. The only thing I can see is that the grass seems to be more in focus than her hand but that may just be me! So cute though!!!

Anonymous said...

Gosh, this is such a sweet photograph - it seems to have caught a moment perfectly! I had a look at your questions to ask myself and one was what was your eye drawn to first, and then second. My eye was drawn to her hand first and then to the knee and then to the foot. My thought then was that maybe there is too much going on, maybe having one thing to focus on would work out better? I'm not sure if this is right though!

Audrey said...

Not many of you left a comment but I'm hoping you did it in your head anyway! Thanks to those who took the time, I hope you learnt something too. My turn now! I really like this photo as it has captured the essence of your daughter - I assume digging about in dirt! The white balance looks perfect as does her skin tones. The only thing I would have done differently is chosen one focal point, in this case the hand. You could then still use the F1.8 aperture, but the hand would be the main focus with everything else drifting away. (The focus has fallen on the grass and leg which makes the hand just out of focus. This is because you are using such a shallow depth of field) Alternatively you could still keep everything in the frame but shoot with a higher F number. However, I like the way you have gotten down to her level to frame the shot. All in all, a great picture to have of your little one!

Jan said...

thank you, audrey! i just put my first photographs from my new camera into my new lightroom. whew, this took me a while to figure out. slowly but surely. i'm amazing at the difference so far. having iso options makes a tremendous difference. for this set of shots, i basically set my aperture and exposure where i wanted it and toggled my iso to get the meter right. seriously, i can shoot at 6400! :)

Audrey said...

One of the great benefits of a full frame is the lack of noise when you bump up your ISO - I am so jealous!!

Sandra R. Vigil said...

I'm a stickler on focus and would agree that the grass seems to be more in focus. I love the point of view though. Such a sweet moment captured! Also I'd love to send in pictures to be critiqued. I'm a newbie but my interest has grown immensely and know that I have a looong way to go.

Audrey said...

Hi Sandra! If you get in touch via the comment form with your email address (don't leave it under comments as it just attracts spam emails) then I'll write back to you on email with details for sending in your photo. Excited to see it!

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