Now comes an interesting challenge for those New To Photography, an updated version of our "How to Critique" thread. Last years thread is HERE
, if you want to read through it to get an idea of how others have responded to the critique challenge.
It is great to learn
new skills from the challenges here and improve your photography. Along with the challenges, other members also contribute by giving you constructive criticism (CC) of your photos to help you improve. To contribute on Ausphotography, you also need to learn
how to give constructive criticism to other members. So this challenge doesn’t require you to go out and take photos, but rather look at a particular photo and give some constructive criticism about it.
I don’t want to see comments like “I like it, great photo, wow, that’s great…etc”. I want to see well thought out responses. There is a guide below, which might help you along your way.
Now to be fair, this photo is one of mine, in fact it won Photo of the Week #251, I have a thick skin and won’t take offence to anything a New To Photography participant says about it. Just take some time look at the photo, use the guide to help you. Remember you do not have to agree with what others have said, Say what YOU think.
I look forward to seeing your responses.
Photo of the Week #251 : Advanced :
Entry: 6943 - Voting Token: V141_0008 - ricktas
Title: Autumnal Tree
* A photo is presented for a full on critique.
* Members are invited to critique the photo in full, and also learn
from others critiques, and apply what they learn
to critiquing other member photos on Ausphotography.
Critique - how to guide
Things to consider
* Emotive response/connection
* Visual impact
* Posing (when applicable)
* Technical details (exposure
, colour balance, contrast)
* Treatment (mono conversion, sharpening
, dust spot removal etc)
Critique the composition/subject choice
Is the main subject in the centre of the frame? Is it on a third? Somewhere else? Does the chosen composition
work, or would you have done something differently? Look at the composition
or content in the photograph. What is the centre of interest in the picture? Where did the photographer place it in the frame? Did the photographer get close enough to the subject to include only what is important, or are there wasted parts of the picture with elements that do not add to the message of the photo? Would the photo have been improved if the photographer had taken it after changing location (ie moved 2 steps to the left) Is the main subject in focus? Is it sharp
focus, or a "soft" focus? Is the focus appropriate for the situation?
How does the photo connect with you on an emotional level? Does it remind you of happy times, sad times, traumatic experiences, a sense of excitement or acheivement? Why does it invoke these emotions? Do experiences from your past influence how you perceive the photo? Maybe the subject is your favourite sporting star, or a tropical island reminiscent of your honeymoon or a much remembered holiday. All these things impact the way you see the photo you are critiquing. Comment on this, cause your emotive connection will be different to the next person's.
Fore, Middle, and Backgrounds.
Does the photo contain all three? If not, do you think it would be better if it did? Next, observe the areas outside the main subject in the photograph. How did the photographer represent these areas in regards to focus and depth of field
? Is the DOF
shallow or deep? Does the DOF
work in this shot, or should more (or less) of the photo be in focus? How do these areas of the photograph add or distract from the message of the photo? If there is an horizon, is it straight and level?
Is there wasted empty space is the photo? Should the crop have been tighter? Is it cropped so tightly that important parts of the photo have been cut off?
Colour / Tonal Range.
What type of colours do you see? Did the photographer use a lot of primary colours? Secondary? Complementary? Are the colours too vivid? Not vivid enough? Is the light
soft or harsh? Does the type of lighting enhance or detract from the things in the photo? Is the white balance set correctly? Is there a yellowish, orangish, blueish or greenish cast to the photo?If you are looking at a B&W photo, is there a true black, true white, with a large tonal range in between, or is the photo too "grey"?
Do the lines and overall composition
make you want to look deeper into the photo? Is your eye drawn into the photo, or out of it?
Is the photo "balanced"? Would it be better if there were other objects or other light
/dark areas in the frame to improve the balance? If the photo is off balance, is there a reason for it?
Is any area overexposed or underexposed? If so, can you say why you think that happened? How could the photographer prevent this problem in the future?
Finally, offer your own personal feelings on the photograph. What do you like about the selected subject? Is it an emotional shot, a story, a statement, a humorous photo? What would you do differently if you had the chance to take the same photograph?
You could just say "Great photo", but why not add that bit more "Great photo, I really like the colours of the sunset, the clouds grab my attention"
'I like this", why not add "I like this cause its not an insect I have seen so close before, I didn't realise they had incandescent wings"
Constructive critiquing is a learned skill, start off easily, and just add a sentence to your comment. Do not try and write whole paragraphs to start with. Read others critiques, look at the points they raise and look at the photo. Learn
from what you read. Not only will the skill of critiquing well, help the photographers you critique, but it will help your own photography as you take on board what you learn
reading others critiques.