1510 Barry Road, Clearwater, FL
FCCP Monthly Critique Night
Critiques are an extremely important part of the photographic process. Without feedback on the photographers work they do not have a means of gauging their progress from beginner to intermediate and to advanced or even a pro level. Well done critiques give the photographer the information they need to not only improve their work, but to continue the journey with increased enthusiasm.
A critique that just says, "I really like this photo, it has good color and sharpness," is not a really useful critique. The photographer only knows that the person viewing it likes certain colors and the image is sharp. A well done critique goes more like this, "Several of your images make good use of strong primary colors, red, green, blue, and it shows that you've put thought into your portfolio and how you choose to accentuate the colors in your post processing. The sharpness in the image, particularly around the eyes and other parts of the face, really draw the viewers eye to the model. Your use of selective sharpening give the photos more depth and this really helps separate the subject from the background."
I also like to include ways to improve the image as well. This may include suggesting alternate processing techniques, different cropping angles and even different ways of shooting the original image that would result in a stronger image. But errors will not be overlooked and the photographer will also learn by having the faults of an image highlighted and discussed as well.
Here are the guidelines for the critiques that the Reviewers will use
Here are the things we'll be looking for in the photos submitted, in no particular order.
* Technical Aspects of the Image
* Artistic and Esthetic Aspects of the Image
* The Look, the Mood and or Feeling the Viewer gets from the Image
* Good Points and Bad Points in the Image
* Ways to Improve the Image, both while shooting and then when post processing
* Lastly an overall impression of the image, a thumbs up or down as to if it puts your best foot forward.
Here are the guidelines for the photographers
submitting images and
folks in the audience
* Please don't take this too seriously or personally. What is said by the reviewers are not meant personally and are not a personal attack.
* You are not allowed to interrupt the reviewer. Photographers will be given a few minutes at the end to explain or defend their images. But keep the discussion at a technical level. It really is not important that you had to walk uphill, through 4 feet of snow, and the temperature was minus 32 F.
* There is a two hour time limit and we'll get through as many photographers as we can. If you don't get to show, bring your images next month, but again, no promises. This is meant to be fun and educational, so please no whining!
* Please bring your own refreshments and snacks. We also expect the room to be put back in order after the review.
* Now the fine print - Please submit on a thumb drive a group of photos for review. The number of images is limited to just 10 images, no more, no exceptions. They should be in a separate file or the only images on the thumb drive. You may also submit for critique/review your website. Please provide the link to the page(s) or gallery that has the images. Please do not have us picking the images out of a slideshow on your site. You may also submit galleries from Flickr, SmugMug, etc.
Those wanting a critique will put their thumb drive into the critique box when they come in. All drives must me in the box when the reviews start. You do not need to have your images reviewed to attend. You can learn just by watching and listening. Please RSVP for this event so that we can plan accordingly. Oh, and have fun! Yes, this is a learning experience, but along with the learning, there'll be plenty of laughs as well.