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THE GUIDE TO CRITIQUING PHOTOGRAPHS

F I R S T – I M P R E S S I O N S:


E Q U I P M E N T

Brand / Manufacturer:

Model:

Lens:


S E T T I N G S

Aperture / F-Stop:

Shutter Speed:

ISO/ASA:

Focal Length:


T E C H N I C A L

Exposure:

Lighting:

Colour Saturations:

Focus / Depth of Field:

Sharpness:

Score (out of 10 points):


I N T E R E S T

Aesthetics / General appearance:

Emotional Content:

Storytelling ability / Creative communication of a concept or idea:

Originality:

Score (out of 10 points):


C O M P O S I T I O N

Framing / Cropping:

Simplicity of Design:

Points of Interest:

Rule of Thirds:

Lines & Diagonals:

Balance / Use of Negative Space:

Score (out of 10 points):


G E N E R A L

Total Score (out of 30 points):

Comments

  • Dania Reichmuth
    Dania Reichmuthover 3 years ago

    Hi Byron I use a similar evaluation for images, superb! Cheers:)

  • Erik Johnson
    Erik Johnsonalmost 3 years ago

    Curious, do you use this template in assessing your own work as part of your process? Would you mind going through it for me in assessing your photo called “Dale and Nik” so I can see how your method in critiquing others’ work relates to your own process? If you’d rather send me a private message, I’m ok with that.

  • Hiya Erik,

    This guide is something I developed over many years, mostly based on critiques I recieved from many very experienced photographers and other people who were kind enough to detail all the elements of my work form me.

    It was frequently an unpleasant experience being told what was wrong with my work [and more importantly – why]

    I have found that this works very well in that by using this guide you soon learn how to understand all the elements of an image, then you start to think that way when taking your own images.

    It certainly is not the be-all and end-all of photogeaphy, but more a way to collect your thoughts and easily cover each of those aspects. When giving a critique I have found that it is better to give a reasoned and well constructed explanation than one that wanders.

    Ideally it is a tool for others to use so that they can think about those aspects when they take pictures.

    Its also not about being right or wrong but rather being able to give your own opinion in a coherent way. Someone else could use the same guide and critique the same image in a completely different way – and that would be equally as valid.

    Its about organising your thoughts.

    Unfortuneatly I don’t have the time to go into critiquing my own work as it takes an hour or two to right these critiques, but if you want to see some examples of other critiques I have written, CHECK OUT THIS LINK

    Some of those critiques may be missing images due to members having left RedBubble or removed their images from the site.

    Like I said – its not the answer to everything, it is simply a guide and a way to gather your thoughts into a coherent form.

    – BYRON