Photo critique

Updated on July 10, 2017 in Critique
29 on May 24, 2017

Hi Eric and Cindy,

first of all…great initiative to start this forum. I really hope it will indeed stay free of hate and negativity. Personally I am really looking for improving and pushing my photography to a higher level. And probably I am not the only one out there. Right now I am not (yet) a member of any photo club and don’t have any friends with an interest in photography. Have you thought about how it would be possible to create some sort of photo critique section within this forum that would be of any help to those photographers that feel the need to improve and/or just would like to know what others might think of their photos?

Thanks and regards, Patrick

 
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0 on May 24, 2017

We could start a thread where the poster below must critique a photograph above and post one of their own photos as well, or something along those lines. Though that could be a bit surface level, I dunno. A lot of forums online tend to do this yet they don’t really offer anything constructive and become more of a game of sorts. Or maybe if you want some critique just post a thread asking for critique with some of your work, this would be the best I think. Just some thoughts.

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Yes, you hit the nail in the head about photo critique on other forums. Exactly the reason why I posted this thread. There must be a better way somehow I guess, just not sure how…

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4 on May 24, 2017

Hi all,

I think the key here will be to give candid and unflinching feedback without fear of brigading or being met with hate. We have to learn to not be sensitive to feedback, but also to give feedback that is constructive and comes from a place of caring. I think too many of the photo forums online are filled with people who want to shit on other’s work, or people who treat their photos as too precious and get very offended when someone doesn’t connect with their art. I am very tired of seeing the state of street photography on Instagram, most of it is boring and repetitive. I want to be a part of a community or collective that pushes the art forward rather than spinning in the same cliches. Do you agree?

on May 24, 2017

agreed, i don’t really browse through the hashtags on instagram because of what you said. flickr can be a better place, but even there it’s nothing beyond “nice image” or “nicely done”. One site I remember which was really constructive was conceptart.org forums not photography related but a fantastic community. A lot of threads were just sketchbooks where people would give fantastic feedback and even a great resource just for lurkers.

on May 24, 2017

Couldn’t agree more with you both Rob and Emil! I guess the people who joins here shares the same thoughts. ^_^

It’s really just a matter of giving feedback with care and love and receiving feedback positively. Looking forward to future discussions and critique sessions here. ^_^

on May 25, 2017

True David, it’s all about sending love and being honest, even when our photos are not good. I’ll be the first to say I am guilty of all the cliches, but I am getting better at seeing them and editing them out.

on May 25, 2017

you are right rob. maybe start by giving critiques you would like to receive?

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4 on May 25, 2017

Hi Patrick; post a photo and write:

“Please give me your brutally honest critique” — and we will do it with love 🙂

on May 27, 2017

“ Please give me your brutal and fcking  honest critique !! ”

( sorry for kinda of stealing the thread for a bit )

Regards, 

Mario Valter MG

on June 2, 2017

I like the BW capture, lighting and the blur / motion of the couple walking against a still background. Would like to see the couple walking from the left side of the frame towards the right. I find the sign in the bottom left of the frame distracting. Tog.

on June 2, 2017

Too far from the main subjects. Get closer, and I’d recommend getting rid of the water mark on bottom right. Also clean up the edges of the frame next time, the sign bottom left distracting. But I like the leading line edges in top left and top right of the frame. Keep it up Mario

on July 9, 2017

Sorry for the super delayed reply first of all guys.

Thank you Tog,  for your feedback ! 
Thank you Eric.
Yes, I agree, with both of you, and yes, that watermark is kinda off.

I really appreciate both of you guys feedback.

Really appreciated it !

Cheers, 

Mario

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9 on May 27, 2017

I start…

on May 27, 2017

Hey Pedroalves!

I think you’re on to something here, but that’s not really what you want to hear, so without further formalities I’m gonna shoot!

The subject of your photo seems to have tons of character, but you’ve shot him in a way that obscure what’s interesting about him. The salt in his beard, and the lines close to his eyes, and the shape and size of his ear are all tell-tale signs that shows us that we’re seeing a man who has lived for a while. If this picture was part of a series of shots this picture could be perfectly fine, but on it’s own it just doesn’t say enough about your subject.

I want to look into the eyes of this man, and see how they compliment or contrast his rugged visage. I also would love to be able to read what’s written on his headwear. 

The subject in your photo is a man that wants me to see more not less, and yet less is what I get.

Another thing that bothers me a bit is the line to the left of the man.
Where does it go? What is it supposed to show? I can’t really think of a purpose for it. It doesn’t seem to add anything to the shape of the man, and it doesn’t lead anywhere useful, so wouldn’t it be better if it wasn’t there? 

One last thing. Now, as everything else this is subjective but, why did you make this a square photograph? Did you shoot it with a camera that shoots square photographs, or did you crop it? If you cropped it; did you shoot the photo with the idea of cropping it to a square already in mind, or did you just shoot, edit, and decide to crop it afterwards. 

Square photos can be nice, but since we have two eyes, we see life in a landscape perspective, rather than a square or portrait one, which is also how we’re used to seeing movies, so I wouldn’t really recommend shooting square or portrait style pictures unless you do it deliberately and with intent. 

Hope this was helpful. Giving critique like this is not comfortable, but it’s a lot worse to be on the receiving end. Also, keep it up!

on May 27, 2017

I thank you for the honest opinion, but in some aspects i dont agree with you.I shoot this with a fuji x100 in portrait mode and the picture is not crop its ajpeg from the original, and this portrait is candid i dont ask for permisson, shot at the door of a coffe shop, so i can control everithing in the frame, my inicial intension is to provide some mistery so i only include one eye into the light and the other in shadow.

on May 27, 2017

Hi Pedro, 

Just to leave my 2 cents here, for me, I would love to see it in Black and white, would be more intense, and would make the details on the face more interesting.
So, for me, it would be Black and white and crop it to how you saw it in your mind, maybe, cropping it in a way you could see the face bigger in the frame.
I usually crop almost all my photos, as I don’t see the world in 16/9 or 4/3, much less when I’m interested in a motive, my eyes just focus on what is captivating my mind, and all the surroundings  disappears.

That was just my 2 cents. And as we know, beauty, interest and life, is relative to the observer and most of times completely different from the one experiencing it.

Peace, 

Mario Valter MG

on June 2, 2017

This Photo is a primary Black and White Photo ,,,,Colors do nothing in this Picture ,,,so go Monochrome ,,,,and now a advice ,,,,don’t ever crop a Photo in postprocessing ,,,make it in the viewfinder ,,keep in mind every crop kills information . Think about composition before you make the picture ….  

The Person is so interesting ,,,go closer .

Dodge & Burn the Spank on his shoulder ,,,and the left side ! 

 

Greetz Joannis 

 

on June 2, 2017

I think (Pedroalves) your photo is great, and let me tell you why;

To me a good photo is the one in which the photographer puts his very personal way of perceiving the world in the photo, he is not afraid to be unique, and your photo has that.
We all have to fight against ourselves in order to break away from cliches and trying to be good by imitating other famous photographers, but in reality, we will make the best photos when we dig deep inside our soul or mind and bring out in our photos those unique images only we are capable of seeing.
That’s what i see in your photo, a very good photo.

on June 2, 2017

Great capture. Like to see BW, more contrast and tighter crop. Tog

on June 2, 2017

Pedro, the shot evokes some emotion in me. I’d prefer to see his entire eye in the light

on June 7, 2017

Thanks a lot for the feedback from all, appreciated!

on July 10, 2017

Pedro,  I agree with Eric. When I look at this, there is definitely emotion, I would like to see more of his face in the light.

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2 on May 27, 2017

Be interested to hear some feedback on this shot I took in Amsterdam.

 

on June 2, 2017

Great capture. Foreground (bike stand) left of the frame and cyclists on the right. The decisive moment, contrast would be still vs. movement. Tog.

on June 2, 2017

Hi Marcus, I like the depth and layers, but the main subject isn’t strong enough for me. I wish there was an interesting cherry on top to hold my interest. 

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2 on June 7, 2017

hey everyone, what about that pic ? 

on June 21, 2017

I like that picture!! Seems like you’ve taken it in the perfect moment.

on July 9, 2017

Hi Hugues,

I Would love to see it in B&W and Square format, getting rid of the kinda distracting left side of the picture.

Cheers, 

 

Mario Valter MG

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0 on June 8, 2017

Hi Eric, great site! I just read your lesson about composition/triangles. Very informative and incentive. Here are 2 photos I made on this subject.

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