The latest monthly challenge was to shoot something red. Red is one of my favorite colors as it evokes such emotion.
Thanks to those of you who submitted photos. All will be featured on the blog and I encourage all members to comment on each photo as well as anyone else who might be seeing this blog.
It has come to my attention that we have not yet discussed how to critique a photo. A good critique includes more information than “I like it” or “I don’t like it”. .. or worse yet, no comment! After all, we are here to learn. We want to improve our photography… and bit by bit we will indeed do that; however, it is a learning process and part of that process is to recognize our successes and our failures. What are we doing well and where are our short comings and how can we improve? If we do not recognize these things, our photography will remain static and not improve.
I personally have critiqued my own photography through the years and what is interesting is to look back to see what photos you liked years ago and then revisit them a year or two later and see if you feel the same way. I venture to say that your critique of the photo may well change as your knowledge base expands and as you view more and more photos on the web. There are zillions of great photographers out there. Get in the habit of regularly looking at photos to develop your eye and to see which photos excite you and why. Check out the links on the blog of favorite photo sites and study the photos presented. Try to emulate what other photographers have done.
Examine the photo for the subject matter and any emotion it may conjure up. Look at the composition and decide if there is too much information in the photo or not enough. Does it follow the rule of thirds? If not… does the composition work? Is the photo in focus or is there an artistic blur or was it simply not taken properly and how can that be corrected? Does the background compete with the subject of the photo or does it enhance the subject. Is the color accurate or are there color casts from tungsten light or fluorescent light. Does this take away or add to the ambience of the photo? Would that photo be better presented in black and white or sepia tone? Lots to think about.
Also look for underexposed or overexposed images… as in too dark or too light with blown out whites having no detail and how could this have been prevented? We will learn more about this later. Does it improve or take away from the image?
In giving a critique, pick out both positives and negatives. Please understand that this is a part of the learning process and it goes both ways… for the photographer as well as the one giving the critique. Do not allow your feelings to get hurt. Photography is very subjective. You may well not like a photo that I love, and that’s OK… and vice versa. Please see “Photo Critique Guidelines” under helpful hints to the right of the blog for more information.
I challenge each of you in the club to give a thoughtful and fair critique of each of these photos. Let’s talk about what we are doing here and let’s support each other in our quest for improving our photography.
Favorite Quote: “ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham
So I present to you our first entry in “Shoot Something Red”… by Kristen (J.) one of our newest members. She says that red is her son Kyle’s favorite color! Thanks Kristen for your red entry… and it is VERY red! OK crazy wimmin… what is your critique of this photo?