I have had the privilege to offer feedback to a range of fine photos over the last couple of months on my page Picture Critique. It’s the second instalment of this offer to critique photos that readers of my blog wish to have a second opinion about from a professional photographer. It’s been fun and it’s been an honour to be trusted by all who submitted a picture on the page. The photos show a wide range of themes from landscape to interior to street photography to people to documentary photography. I would sincerely assert that all the pictures show talented photographers behind the camera. Some of course are stronger and coming from a more matured photographic vision than others but generally I have been impressed by the level of all photographers.
If there is one thing I would like to point out in general – which is what I often have to do in my workshops, too – it’s for photographers to try to figure their intent behind taking a picture. Why do you take a certain picture? That is a question all who takes photographs will benefit to answer. What is it that triggers your finger and what is it about the subject that you want to convey for others. We all have different reasons for taking pictures. For most people it’s probably for pure memory or for the family album and the photos don’t need to be anything but that – which of course is just fine. But if you aim to have others to view your photos you will want to make them be amazed, engaged, humoured, interested, delighted or at least attracted to it in some way or another. If you figure out the intent, what it is you want to say with the picture, it automatically becomes so much easier to catch the interest of the viewer.
I hope – and believe – it’s been valuable picture critique for everyone participating. I will still keep the offer open a couple of more weeks, so if you have a picture you would like to have a second opinion about and still haven’t done it yet, just post a link to it on my page Picture Critique and I will get back with my feedback as soon as possible. Just before Christmas time, though I will close the page (so I may have some holiday, too…). So go ahead; bring it on!
With this, I wish you all a wonderful weekend.