I’m a big proponent of image critiques
Especially self critiques
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails & Thistle
Two recent posts by the photographer Ming Thein
Were on the subject of image critiques.
I encourage you to read them for some insight into image critiquing.
His critiques focus largely on
Craftsmanship (focus, exposure, lighting, color, etc.) and
While these two “C’s” are very important I urge you to consider also
Communication (“does it sing to me?”; emotion)
We can make well crafted & composed images which are
Well, boring, hum-drum – just like a ton of others we’ve seen
A good image depends on more than just Craftsmanship & Composition
IF – you want to stand out from the crowd
Self assessment of my butterfly/thistle image
Craftsmanship – Wing tip at right edge needs more space (& could be sharper – but at the expense of bringing in possible background distractions. The question is – are the parts that need to be sharp, sharp? I think they are.)
Composition – Fills the space with center of interest off-centered; OK in my book
Creativity – Nothing special
Communication – Pretty scene but nothing special
Overall – not bad, but won’t be on my wall
Feel free to weigh-in using the post’s reply section.
If you can’t tell what’s wrong when looking at a displayed image
How can you tell when looking through your viewfinder??
Do a self-critique when making the image; get everything right at capture.
This is one of the greatest benefits of a tripod – it forces you to SLOW DOWN
If something is wrong, after capture it’s too late to make it right!
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