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. http://www.photozo.com/download/Critique_Guide.pdf - 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.