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I just finished watching a recent episode of The Grid, where they discuss critiquing the work of  amateur photographers and how it is easy to be led astray. I’m sure we’ve all seen awful photos posted online and wondered what the photographer was thinking when they decided to share it. Sure, we all have to start somewhere, but no […]

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Note: Welcome to Melissa Niu, who’s joined the Photofocus team.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter.  Coming from a broadcast journalism background, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some of the most unique talents from various respective fields.  My life right out of college was spent chasing down the stories and thoughts of professional […]

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If you want to learn to make art, you should learn from artists. A couple of weeks ago I learned an important lesson by contrasting painters and photographers. Painters do an activity called “En Plein Air“, which refers to painting in the open air; photographers would call it shooting on location. There’s this terrific contest in […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. I get asked to critique lots of portfolios. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to accept very often. But when I do, something magical happens. I learn something. Yep, every single time I […]

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We selected ROAD for critique this week on Scott’s Critiques. Look at the thread here http://www.flickr.com/groups/scottcritiques/discuss/72157621940510251/ and listen to Scott Bourne’s critique here. http://bit.ly/RHFm6 Be sure to join us in the Scott Critiques Flickr group either by submitting your own images or by jumping in and letting us know what you think. Thanks

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Check out my audio critique of this image on the Boocast. And if you haven’t already, be sure to join our Scott Critiques group on Flickr. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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Fishing at Sanur Today I am going to try something completely different. I am going to give my views on this photo in audio format via AudioBoo. So here’s a link to what I have to say. Be sure to follow me on AudioBoo because I’ll be using this service more and more as I […]

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This week we had a great picture from Timothy Keith called Deep in Thought. It had lots of promise and I believe that promise is what drove so much comment on the image. Let’s start with the obvious. The background has serious problems. The bright object in the top left corner of the image is […]

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This image features a perfectly-exposed, beautiful young woman. I suspect that it’s probably pretty popular, but for me, I’d like to see a slightly more conventional approach – sort of. I’m really torn by this image. So much of it works but a few things confuse me. The blown out highlights in the background could […]

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    Today’s image from our Scott’s Critiques Pool on Flickr is from the flagship Apple store in New York. The structure itself is so interesting that it makes for a compelling image. But there are several things that the photographer could do to improve this image. My biggest problem with the photo is the […]

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This is one of the better portraits we’ve received for critique since starting this group. I like the pose. The light is perfect. The model is beautiful. The exposure is right on. On a scale of 10 I’d give it an 8.9. What could we improve? The three big things that stand out for me […]

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Over at the Pixsylated blog (One of my new favorites) Syl writes about lessons he DIDN’T learn in photo school. Part of that post caught my eye. “It takes guts to open yourself to the criticism of others. “I may be good, but I’m not as good as I can be” is a hard thing […]

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(NOTE: If you’re not a member of our critique group, please consider joining here.) Ingo (our moderator) picked this week’s critique subject. I am glad he did because it’s an interesting photo. It does have a very nice feel to it but, I have to say for me, it doesn’t quite work because I find […]

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Original Again I am very impressed by the work being done in our Photofocus/Scott’s Critiques critique group. If you’re not participating then you are missing out. The original image submitted by KT56 was quite striking – a beautiful woman photographed in nice light. The critiques posted mimic many of my own feelings. The crop on […]

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This is another good image that found its way into our critique pool. It could use a bit of touching up in my opinion. I agree with siletto_048’s assessment that the angle could be improved so in my version I did just that. I do think siletto_048’s crop was a bit tight and I wanted […]

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There’s a new image available for critique in our ScottCritique’s group. It will be available until Friday for your feedback. _________ Sponsored by PMA – It’s not too early to mark your calendar because this is big. For the first time in the USA, the PMA tradeshow and conference will be open to the general […]

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Original Scott’s take I like the suggestions we received on the forum. My own opinion probably most closely mirrors Stuart Forsyth who says: “Here is my take, I really think the face, caught in the contemplative moment of nibbling on that leaf is the essence of this photo, and feel a closer crop and the […]

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We have a new image available for you to critique in our new Flickr critique forum. Please leave your critique and then I’ll chime in with my thoughts. Thanks. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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Rickmode’s picture is today’s selection. I really like this image. I selected it because it was open to so many different interpretations. I think it’s a great photo. Why? Because no matter what you do with it, the image still looks good. You could literally make this image into dozens of additional images, using different […]

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In case you didn’t realize it, I’ve been doing critiques over at ScottCritiques.com for four months. It was an experiment to see if there was a need for a separate blog/website/forum for critiques. After running that experiment on the blog, we moved it to Flickr and concluded it’s the best possible way for people to […]

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CROSS – POSTED at ScottCritiques.com (I’ll do this in less than 90 seconds in Aperture with the help of two plug-ins.) This photo has a nice feel to it, but it’s very bland. It really needs some pop. I’ll process it in Aperture and tell you how I think I can subtly improve it. a. […]

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