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Offline theqca

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Tips on giving Critique
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:29:32 PM »

Putting some thoughts here on ?critique? for a photograph in the hope that it will help all of us in commenting better, especially in the critique section as well as help people receiving this critique in understanding the thought process behind comments given by members.
Obviously this isn?t the last word on critique ? I?ve just written down a bit from what I know so please feel free to add your inputs / points and build on this write-up.

View the photograph on a proper display that shows you a fair amount of details / colours which are more or less true to what the photographer wants you to see. Everyone may not have the best display screen available however please keep it in mind that if you are giving a critique you need to atleast view the photograph in a manner that is appropriate. A portable device like an ipad may be acceptable but a 6 year old nokia mobile phone may not. So understand the limitations of the device you are viewing as this can have a huge impact on the photograph.

Take a few minutes to look at the photograph and don?t be hasty in typing out comments.

The first impression has some value however it is not the last impression as far as critique is concerned. You need to give the photo some time.

Divide the comments into 2 sections.

?   What?s working well (in the photograph)
?   What could be done better

I?d suggest you write a few lines on what is working well first. Be specific so that the photographer is able to identify this clearly and continue doing it.
Example ? instead of saying ?excellent?TFS? ? write something after you?ve said excellent in terms of what you found excellent. Was it the colour, composition, technical accuracy, leading lines, subject placement, details, etc etc.

Then move on to ?what could be done better?

Some points to keep in mind while writing what could be done better ?

1)   Take a look at the photo and make note of your initial impression. Keep a note of this and hold on?.. Do not type out a critique based on your initial impression. This initial impression can very often change when you take a closer look.

2)   Look at the photo from a technical perspective. Have basic rules of photography been followed? If basic rules have been broken have they in any way made the photo look better or would it be preferable to stick to the rules? Example ? a horizon that?s in the centre, subject in the centre of the photo etc

3)   Move on to some specifics and comment on -

a)   Focus ? is it where it should be? Take a closer look at the photo to decide. Example -  If it?s a portrait is the focus on the eyes

b)   Sensor parallel to the subject ? if this is not the case would the photo look better if the sensor was parallel?

c)   Harsh reflections / glare ? has light been diffused so that harsh glare is avoided. What could be done to filter or diffuse light

d)   Light & Shadows ? harsh light, soft light, shadows which could have been avoided? Would taking a similar photo at a different time make a difference?

e)   Exposure ? there are times when photographers under expose and over expose from a creativity perspective. Is this one of those creative exposures or is it a case of incorrect exposure? If you feel the exposure needs to be changed specify the number of stops

f)   Shutter and aperture ? do you think the photo would look better with a faster or slower shutter? A smaller or larger aperture?

g)   Sensor dust / scratches on the lens ? similar things which should have been fixed / cloned out?

h)   Colours ? are they accurate? Did the photographer want to make them accurate? If the photography has set ?incorrect? white balance on purpose is it working here or would natural colours be better for this particular photograph

Story ? does the photograph have a strong subject or story that is supposed to come out? Has the photographer been successful in doing this? Could it have been done differently? Give specific details in terms of what could be done differently.

Composition ? Would changing anything in the composition change the over-all appeal of the photograph? Could something have been excluded or included like human elements, birds etc

Anchor points ? does the photograph some anchor points that give balance to the frame or does your eye just keep wandering

Subject placement ? is the subject placement appropriate? Would it be better if it were moved to the left or the right?

Background - anything in the background that is distracting the viewer? Something that should have been avoided? Is the background clutter-free? Would changing the aperture help?

Crop ? if the photo has been cropped, is it appropriate? Would the uncropped image be better? If cropping is needed has it been done correctly?

Monochrome ? if it?s a b&w image does it have the tones and shades that are needed in a b&w image? Has the conversion been done well?

Post processing ? any post processing artifacts visible that should be avoided like banding or halos? Could the post processing be done differently? If yes then specify what could be done differently.

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Offline Aditya Aima

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014, 09:14:12 PM »

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Offline yesh1th

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2014, 11:33:20 PM »
thanks Ayaz .. this is pretty helpful ..

a slight edit and you can rename it as Tips for taking Awesome Photographs ;)
I wanted to upgrade to a 6d, instead downgraded to a Lumia 720 !! :|

Offline prasenjitsanyal

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2014, 05:29:16 PM »
Extremely thoughtful write up .. Thank You.

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 06:36:38 PM »
Its extremely helpful
You have loads of knowledge. Keep sharing.
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Offline ravimysore

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2015, 10:29:37 AM »
Very useful information

Offline Roshni

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 11:12:36 AM »
Yeah, This is helpful  :)

Offline thanh03041993

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2017, 03:30:34 PM »
thanks for your tip

Offline DSP121

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Re: Tips on giving Critique
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2018, 10:18:55 AM »
Very helpful to beginners like me
Thanks a bunch :)