Is your photography stuck, are you stuck taking the same mediocre images? Do you wonder if your photos are even good? Wouldn't it help to have your work reviewed with a constructive evaluation to include feedback, suggestions and tips? The purpose of critique is to offer one's impression of a photo.
Why have your images critiqued: well it is extremely helpful to have your images critiqued by someone else to help you grow photographically. This is an opportunity to get some constructive feedback on your images.
By attaining a greater understanding of the critiquing process, it will become a significant, invaluable tool that could forever alter the way you shoot and view images.
We will have a specific photo critique session the 4th Wednesday of each month starting March 27th. This will not be a regular meeting. We will only be doing the critique session during these meetings. The sessions will be held at our regular meeting place at the same time: Meridian Friends Church - 1021 W Pine Ave, Meridian, ID 83642, from 7:00 - 9:00. Dates for critiques will be as follows:
3/27/2019 4/24/2019 6/19/2019 - change in normal schedule 7/24/2019 - dedicated to images for Western Idaho Fair 8/28/2019 9/25/2019 10/23/2019 11/27/2019
The critique process will be a formal critique and scoring of your image by a panel of 3 judges. Our critique process will be modeled after what is currently being used by the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs (4C's) and is summarized below.
This may not be for everyone so that is why we will be offering this as a separate meeting.
Criteria for Critiquing: 1. How compelling are the ideas in the image? 2. How cleanly expressed are the ideas in the image? The general things that contribute to the above: a. Content b. Lighting c. Composition d. Camera Operation e. Post Processing
Scoring Process: Score images using a scale of 2 -9 Scale Interpretation: 2 = no positive attributes 3 = dominated by flaws 4 = significant problems, few strengths 5 = noticeable problems offset strengths 6 = Okay, solid noticeable strengths offset problems 7 = Strong, rewards viewing 8 = Outstanding, an exciting image 9 = The very best
Judging Process: Use at least 3 judges. Judges to consistently apply critique guidelines and predict the typical response to the image not their personal opinion. Set aside personal biases Judge each image as a whole Analyze instead of just responding: This image is effective because .... This image is not effective because .... Be consistent. Use the above scale. Use the following Critique Guide Sheet to evaluate the image. Use the following Critiquing Photography Guide to help with the critique process
Categories for Submission: We recognize that we have different levels of proficiency so please categorize your image submissions as one of the three levels below: 1. - Beginner 2. - Intermediate 3. - Advanced
Image Submission: In order to have your images critiqued please do the following: 1. Resize your images using the specs found on our Member Slideshow FAQ. 2. Rename your images as follows: your initials_1, for example: afb_1, afb_2, afb_3. 3. Remove any water marks or names from front of image. 4. Categorize your submission: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 5. Email 1 image to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the Monday preceding the date of the critique. Since this is a two step process of critiquing and scoring let us know if you would like to opt out of having your score revealed during the session. 6. You must be in attendance at the critique to have your images critiqued.
For more information about the scoring/judging with image examples, please review the attached 4C's document.