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Photo Review with Bruce Finocchio

What makes a great image?  That’s what Bruce Finocchio will be focusing on. Giving you a preview of his philosophy and beliefs on how an image becomes great.  Then, he’ll use these principals and ideas to evaluate your images--giving you pointers and suggestions to make better images yourself.  

Now is your chance to get constructive criticism by a world renowned photographer on how to improve your photo. The review is anonymous (photo authors are not announced), so there's nothing to be afraid of! If you want to participate in this educational session, please upload your photo now - see the instructions on the meetup site. If not, you are still welcome to come and observe.

We'll review as many images as we can on a first-come basis until we run out of time, so submit early.

The following day, all of the images will be made available for viewing here.

Online Submission:

Click here to upload your photo.

Image resolution should be at least 1600x1200px.
Please no copyrights on the image.
File format: jpg, no compression.
Please make sure you add title to your photo.
Limit is one photo per person.

Image upload cut-off time: September 16, 4:00 p.m.

Please note that the uploaded images will not be visible to anyone before the photo review, but will be displayed publicly for all visitors to enjoy after the session (you can always opt out). Your name (or screen name) will be displayed under the photo.

Image hosting is being provided by the photo-sharing site Limit is one photo per person. To avoid spam or multiple uploads by the same person, participants will have to sign in or create a free account on before uploading.

About Bruce Finocchio:

I, Bruce Finocchio, have spent the past ten years or so as a judge for the North Council of Camera Clubs or N4C. I have judged at many club events across all areas of the San Francisco Bay Area.  I have judged annual events as well as regular club competitions. My areas of specialty are the Nature and Pictorial categories.  Recently, I was one of the judges for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory’s “click off” photo contest.  I have also judged The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPs) 2008 Sea Competition, and 6C’s Annual Competition at least twice

During[masked], I taught the bird photography course for the Palo Camera Club semi-annual photo classes.  In addition, for the past six years I have been teaching the yearly nature and landscape course offered by the Peninsula Camera Club. In the fall of 2005, I presented “In My African Dream” program at the Annual Foto Clave event after returning from a South Africa photographic adventure. Again presenting for Foto Clave, my “Art of Bird Photography” Program” in the fall of 2010, in addition to other camera clubs and for your meet-up group. I have also presented programs for the Bay Area Bird Photographers.

My true passion is nature photography, and especially bird photography.  I spend many weekends during the year photographing from blinds at my ranch in rural Monterey County.  I love sharing with others my knowledge of nature and photography--mentoring and helping individuals learn and grow as nature photographers.

Workshops, Social Media, Blog, Galleries, and Web Site:

Bird Blind Photographic Workshops at the Ramrod Ranch:





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Attention participants: We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store in San Francisco. Our meeting will be conducted in "The Grotto" area, which is a private meeting space located on the first floor near the Ski & Bike shops. Snacks and drinks will be served.

This event is sponsored by Sports Basement and is an online photo hosting and sharing service. Click here to sign up for a free service.

In addition, all Sports Basement store purchases will be 10% off for this event, so come early to take advantage of this deal.

Event schedule:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Photo Review

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  • Michael N.

    Rehi Bruce - thanks again for the terrific presentation. Try as I may, I was never able to locate your online document detailing the various criteria used when you are judging. If possible, I would really appreciate it if you could share the link or document.

    Happy trails, Michael

    November 26, 2013

    • Bruce F.

      Michael, I follow Yosemite photographer Michael Frye, and he just made a blog post on "What is the least interesesting part of a photo"? How you view a photo and remove the least interesting part, and then view the photo again and remove any other uninteresting parts, coming to a defining and essential, exciting, and arresting composition. Here is the link: http://www.michaelfry...­

      November 29, 2013

    • Bruce F.

      Rob Sheppard just recently shared on his blog a different perspective, by looking at the image as a whole, rather than just focusing on the so called subject. He overall asks "What is your photo about"? Then, concentrates on including elements that tell and show that message or story. His blog post is at: http://www.natureandp...­

      November 29, 2013

  • Bruce F.

    Clay, thanks for sharing your experiences about hunting with your father. More than ever, I believe if nature is shared with children, they will learn to love and care about it. Care enough to do something about how we as a species are destroying life and our beautiful planet, that sustains not only us, but all life.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very informative and I took his advise on the critique of my photo - cropped out pool hand railing. He was right now the focus is on the young man in the pool. Thank you Bruce. Also I became very interested in working towards purchasing a good telephoto lens and going out in nature to listen, look and capture the spirit of the surroundings. I was very touched by the story of the hunter/kill story, the deer's eyes going dull, the spirit leaving its body and how at that moment he decided to change...powerful. I know, my dad was a hunter too and I hated all the head trophies on the wall and vowed to throw my pellet gun away at 13 when I had a similar experience which led to never harm another animal ever! On my bucket list is to get an old Duesseldorf 4x5, tripod, backpack and wander the terrain shooting. Much is possible if its worked for...

    3 · September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful lecture. It's clear that Bruce absolutely loves what he does. I wish there was more interactions between the club members, a short intro of short members, etc. Would feel more like a community :)

    September 17, 2013

  • Nash

    Great meetup, lots of information and tips. Thanks Bruce .

    September 16, 2013

  • Lou

    Can't make it; working late! (already switched my RSVP)

    September 16, 2013

  • Mark

    I won't be able to attend. I have been asked to travel out of state for work. I will catch up with everyone next event.

    September 16, 2013

  • Bruce F.

    Dave L & Susan O, Sorry you can't make it.I have a one and a half page word document that I am going to present, discuss and share with the class. It's a guide how to critique images. If you send me an e-mail, I can send it to you.

    September 3, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Sadly need to be elsewhere that night.

    September 3, 2013

  • Mikhail A.

    I'm co-found of Photozeen, a service which help photo amatuers to improve their photo skills. We've launched app recently and would like to get critique and feedback. And of course we would be honored to discuss it with Bruce himself.

    August 28, 2013

  • Susan O

    My new flight will be landing at SFO too late to attend. Very sad. Hope it goes well.

    August 26, 2013

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