Cafe meetup & photo critique

This is a suggestion to hold a meetup for those of you who have being doing the weekend challenges and would like a friendly critique of your work. Thus killing two birds with one stone, given the interest in a cafe meetup.

Any level of photographer, total beginner through expert, any camera is welcome. The objective is to have fun with photography and build confidence by sharing helpful tips and suggestions on each other’s work. Hopefully no need to say this but the ground rules will be that participants are polite, positive, considerate and constructive (if you’ve ever participated in online critiques you may know why we say this!). When offering critiques or comments, please be candid, critical, constructive, and friendly. When receiving such critique, remember that facial expressions, body language and nuances of voice, the emotion and attitude is often a reflection of your own feelings.

Format: Sham and I thought we could trial a face to face meetup first, limited to around 15 people with one photo each. Your photo can be one you’ve previously submitted to any meetup or any other.

The meetup is subject to finding a location but we'll either be at someone’s office or a friendly café location in Wellington, eg. Meow or Southern Cross. If anyone knows of a space spare on a Sunday afternoon please let us know! Southern Cross will let us book a room with min 15.

If you are new to critique here are some guidelines:

1. There are no real rules in the subjective world of photography, just plenty of opinions, and if it pleases you, that’s what counts! Critiquing not only helps the person who's picture is being critiqued, it helps you produce better pictures. Please don't just say that you like a picture, it may make the photographer feel good but it doesn't help them take a better picture.
2. Having said that competitions tend to be judged in four areas; this is just one list of billions but a useful guide:

A. Impact: emotional response, creativity, subject matter, dynamics and shapes, visual and emotional energy, interpretation, communication, layers.
B. Composition: perspective, area of interest, visual awareness, design, balance, cropping, leads the eye.
C. Technical quality: quality of light, use of light, colour balance and harmony, colour quality, tonal range, angle of view.
D. Technical skill: exposure (expose for highlights), focus (depth of field), sharpness, depth of field using aperture control, shutter speed, highlights and shadows, contrast
E. - provides you a good detailed guide on how to critique. We suggest that you read this article on critique which is very helpful on what a critique session entails and what judges look for in photos during competition.

Likely we'll break into groups of about four. Bring printed photos or mem sticks, a few laptops will help, or post here on meetup.

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  • Paul Le Roy

    Great idea, need to do it more often. Lots good frreback and good pictures. Thanks for putting it together. If anyone has a flickr page I would be keen to have a look.

    August 18

  • Sarah F

    Yes - thanks for organizing. Was a good way to share ideas!

    August 19

  • David Alderman

    Thank you, I enjoyed that. I was really nice to meet you all.

    August 18

  • George Sutton

    Excellent meet up. Came away with many new ideas and possibilities.

    August 18

  • Richard Abbott

    Friendly and experienced group; great to hear some very useful advice and constructive critique. Thank you to all.

    August 18

  • Shyam Panchacharan

    Thanks for turning up was a good start to photo critique session. Would like to see more of it. Thanks Richard for organising this.

    August 18

  • Janey Quaine

    Excellent. Good critiques, positive views, helpful hints and nice to put names to faces.

    August 18

  • Paul Le Roy

    Are we still on after these latest shakes?

    August 16

    • David Alderman

      It is open - I am in it.

      August 18

    • Richard Abbott

      I'm here in ground floor cafe, got a table by entrance to cafe, made a little sign too :). Tel [masked].

      August 18

  • Kate Griffiths

    Unfortunately can't make it now, struck with the flu.

    August 17

  • Barbara Drayton

    Going to be in Kapiti this Sunday now.

    August 15

  • Richard Abbott

    17 people attending...! Great! Er... but we'll have to break up into a few groups to make this manageable. Which means could a few of you bring iPads / laptops / other whiz bang stuff to share images electronically? Much appreciated.

    1 · August 14

  • Md. Harunur Rashid

    I am a amateur photographer. Love photography and go around to capture the beauty of nature and people. I am from abroad and new here. Like to meet people and learn the culture here...

    August 11

  • Richard Abbott

    Have just put the meetup location as Te Papa Cafe, ground floor by shop. It has a free wi-fi hotspot -- I'll bring a laptop so we can access your photos online if you can't get hold of a dongle. You can post your photos for this event in the WPMG's Flickr group if you like, check the blue/red dot link top left of this page, should be­etup/ . Or go old-fashioned and just print them out! I will get there earlier to bag a table.

    2 · August 5

  • August 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Get back to NZ that day...

    July 31

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