Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Critique Photographs Constructively

An interesting article on Image Reviews...

How to Critique Photographs Constructively

by Alain Briot

"Critiquing is not criticizing"

"Personally, I see a difference between critiquing and criticizing a photograph, or any work of art for that matter. For me critiquing means looking at the work for the purpose of finding out the strong and weak points of the work.  On the other hand criticizing means taking a critical look at the work for the purpose of expressing a personal opinion.  While there is a gray area between the two, I view the former as constructive and the later as destructive."

"Critique technical and artistic aspects separately"

"Technical aspects include focus, sharpness, exposure, processing, optimizing, cropping, collaging, HDR, printing and other technical aspects."

"Artistic aspects includes composition, light quality, color palette, facture, presence or absence of a recognizable personal style across a collection of images, creativity, motivation and other artistic aspects."

"Be factual, not opinionated"

"The reviewer’s behavior is just as important as the reviewers’ knowledge.  As the old adage says, no one cares about how much you know until they know how much you care."

"Make your critique factual, not opinionated. An example of a fact-based critique is: ‘this print is blurry because the camera was used handheld and the shutter speed was too slow.’  Sharpness is a verifiable fact and if the photographer wanted to create a sharp image there is something wrong with the resulting photograph. "

"An example of an opinion-based critique is: ‘I don’t like blue so I suggest you change the color of the image to a warm tone.’  Color choice is matter of personal taste and if the photographer chose that color intentionally there is nothing wrong with this decision."

"Keep your opinions about art to yourself"

:You don’t have to like a specific photograph in order to make meaningful comments about it.  You may not want to hang this photograph in your living room, however that doesn’t mean it is devoid of qualities.  Point to what works and what does not work in the photograph in regards to artistic and technical aspects and keep your personal taste in art private."

Read the rest here:

 Alain Briot. You can find more information about his work, writings and tutorials on his my website at

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Scarborough High School Auditorium, 11 Municipal Drive, Scarborough, Maine

Three horses image by Rick Sammon

Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Scarborough High School Auditorium, 11 Municipal Drive, Scarborough, Maine
For directions, click here: Google Maps

In this informative and fun-filled presentation, Rick Sammon will begin by sharing his people, wildlife, landscape and travel pictures from around the globe - illustrating the difference between taking pictures and making pictures. For every image, Rick will share a photographic technique, digital darkroom tip, or a photo philosophy.

This is not just a slide show of pretty images. Rick is here to share what he's learned over his many years as a professional photographer - travelling to almost 100 countries.

In "Exploring the Light," Rick will cover:
  • Composition, the strongest way of seeing
  • Light, the main element in every photograph
  • HDR, when it good and when it's bad
  • Lightroom and Photoshop tips, tricks and techniques
  • Awaken the artist within with plug-ins
  • Noise reduction
  • Travel photography
  • Photographing action
  • Landscape, seascape and icescape photography
  • Black and white photography
  • Shooting on a photo safari
  • What a histogram tells us
  • Wildlife photography
  • Speedlites and lighting
  • Getting and staying motivated
  • Inspiration
  • And more!

There will be an hour for lunch and two 15 minute breaks.  Click here for a list of restaurants located within 5 minutes of Scarborough High School where you can find a quick lunch. Attendees may also bring their own lunch and snacks.

Rick Sammon enjoys sharing his photographs and providing practical how-to advice to a wide audience of photo enthusiasts. In recognition of his talent and influence, Rick has been named a Canon Explorer of Light.
Rick started his professional photography career as an underwater photographer, then transitioned into travel, landscape, wildlife, cultural and nature photography.
Rick's images have been published in many magazines and in his 36 books, including Rick Sammon's Exploring the Light,and 11 apps including Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet.  Rick also writes the "Quick Fix" column for Digital Photo Magazine. Rick was also named one of the Top 100 Travel Photographers of the Year.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014

Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014

Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014 175x175 Top 20 Best HDR Software Review 2014"October 2014 Review – This is a review of the top 20 best HDR software used for creating high dynamic range (HDR) photographs. I’ve been meaning to update this software list for a while. I would have gotten the HDR software list done sooner but it just kept on growing! But eventually I got around to just sitting down and doing it before a new HDR program pops out of no where."

Listed below for review, in alphabetical order, are the top 20bestHDR software for 2014. I downloaded and installed each HDR program to find out which software is the best.
  1. Canon Digital Photo Professional (2 Stars)
  2. Dynamic-Photo HDR 5 (3 Stars)
  3. EasyHDR (4 Stars)
  4. Essential HDR (2 Stars)
  5. Full Dynamic Range Tool (2 Stars)
  6. Fusion (2 Stars)
  7. HDR Darkroom 3 Pro (4 Stars)
  8. HDR Efex Pro (3 Stars)
  9. HDR Expose 3 (3 Stars)
  10. HDR Projects 2 (3 Stars)
  11. LR Enfuse for Lightroom (1 Star)
  12. Luminance HDR (3 Stars)
  13. Machinery HDR (3 Stars)
  14. Oloneo HDR (4 Stars)
  15. Photomatix Pro (5 Stars)
  16. PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate (3 Stars)
  17. Photoshop CC – Merge to HDR Pro (1 Star)
  18. PhotoStudio (1 Star)
  19. Picturenaut (3 Stars)
  20. SNS-HDR (5 Stars)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

f11 is a FREE digital magazine

f11 is a FREE digital magazine. Presented in a page flip format, the magazine is published eleven times each year.

Read by tens of thousands all over the world, f11 is for professional and enthusiast photographers, designers and creative people working with images, as well as buyers and collectors of photography.

Each issue is also available for download as a PDF file.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Snapshots vs Photographs - What's in Your Camera?

Snapshots vs Photographs - What's in Your Camera?

"The bland photographer’s thought process looks something like this:

See pretty thing
Turn on camera
P Mode
Point Lens
Click (x10)
Upload 800 pictures to computer
Wonder why 795 of those pictures were taken
Photoshop one image for an hour and maybe extract some valuable pixels from the mix
Upload 400 bland snapshots to facebook the next day at lunch

But it doesn’t have to be that way - all it takes is careful consideration. Here are a few steps anyone can take to change their snapshots into photographs. "

Saturday, October 18, 2014



Sponsored by the Newport Photo Guild, this day long seminar promises to be information packed.  Thanks for getting the word - link - out to your club members!