Image Critiques

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I’m a big proponent of image critiques

Especially self critiques

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtails & Thistle

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Two recent posts by the photographer Ming Thein

Were on the subject of image critiques.

  1. Critiques of the top 10 images in his July photo contest
  2. Self-critiques of his popular images

I encourage you to read them for some insight into image critiquing.

His critiques focus largely on

Craftsmanship (focus, exposure, lighting, color, etc.) and

Composition

While these two “C’s” are very important I urge you to consider also

Creativity and

Communication (“does it sing to me?”; emotion)

as well.

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

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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.

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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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