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Critiquing images is an important part of our KM Challenges to make them and our photography in general as rewarding as possible for all of us. It's not just something best left to the 'experts'. All of us get to enter and vote. All of us have opinions and all of our opinions are important. Why shouldn't we all comment on other images?
How else will other people figure out what they could try with their images to help make their images more appealing to you and others? Perhaps even more importantly, when you go through the process of thinking about images and writing some comments, it is sure to help you to think about your own photography and producing better results too. Everyone's a winner!
This gallery contains some ideas that might help with the thinking process associated with critiquing and photography in general.
Happy critiquing! :^)
Cheers, John down under
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The link immediately below also appears in the KM Challenge Rules Critiquing section, but
I'm copying it here again as I think it's very good. It's a thread in the
dpreview STF created by Andy Williams, a prolific dpreview contributor (nearly
23,000 posts since June 2003 at over 200 per week, as of when I'm typing this information on 24 June 2005). I'd suggest
you at least look at the first two posts in the thread, both from Andy, but
there are also some other interesting ones in there as well, including one that
suggests you won't get honest critiques where people 'know' you, eg in the
dpreview forums and related Challenges; the Nikonians even have anonymous
Challenges, or at least used to. Anyway, the
first post in the linked thread is Andy's suggestions that more or less align with my thoughts above,
but presented more concisely and simply. The second one suggests making a critique sandwich,
starting with something positive, with some constructive criticism in the middle
with something positive. It's all good stuff.
Andy's critiquing ideas thread
Here are some ideas that I find help me in thinking about images. This is more or less a list I try to think about as a checklist when preparing critiques and when taking and processing photos. For each item, I consider what I like and what I might prefer. There's no need to comment on every item. Also remember that these are just some ideas and are not prescriptive.
Another idea is to have a look at photo critiquing and hosting websites like these to get more ideas about critiquing and about what makes a good (or bad) image, although they may not necessarily provide very detailed comments. You can generally browse, but for some you may have to pay to post your own images or leave comments.
If anyone knows of any really good photo critiquing sites, please let me know so I can add them to this gallery.