Meg and I are back with critiques! Let’s discuss the rules of engagement here with critiques and how we do it so you know what to expect.
These are not drive by random critiques. If you want the chance to be part of these critiques email your web site, flickr, 500px, etc. link to firstname.lastname@example.org. I choose sites out of that inbox.
- These are not “academic” critiques. Meaning, they aren’t boring and stiff and filled with discussions about chromatic aberrations and noise in the blue channel. These are far more conversational as though you came to our house, opened a bottle of wine, and we sat until late at night talking about photography.
- That said — we say what we want and what we say online is exactly what we would say to you in person.
- That said — do not take your critique personally. I understand how personal your work is to you. I know how passionate you are about your work. I know how much you have poured yourself into it. Yes. I get it. But this is critique and sometimes you will hear some hard things. Something you worked so hard for might get dismissed in 2 seconds by something we say. I’ve been crushed in critique in my life. I’ve walked away with tears in my eyes. You know what? I also walked away from those critiques a better photographer.
- That said — we are here to help you. As much as we might have a laugh, crack jokes, and bust your chops about that girl on the train tracks photo you have, our heart of hearts is to give you something to think about so you can become a better photographer. We’re going to challenge you.
- We do our best to build a shit sandwich for you. We try to identify strong points in your work (bread), we give constructive critique where needed (shit), and we try to send you off with something you can work on (bread). Please note that there might not be bread available for some photographs and you’ll just get the shit.
- When we start a critique I, Zack, a photographer, have already gone through your site. Meg, not a photographer, will be seeing your site for the first time. I already have an idea of what I’m going to say. Meg is going to give you a true first impression feedback.
- Anything I tell you that you need to work on is something I must work on myself. Anything I find wrong in your work can also be found in mine. I’m just giving you an outside perspective to your work because you are too close to it. I often get outside perspectives on my own work so I can grow. I don’t think I’m the Grand Poobah on the mountain top.
These public critiques on DEDPXL are free if chosen from the inbox. If you would like a personal critique from me then watch the store here at DEDPXL the first of each month. I take a look at my schedule and release X amount of critiques that can be purchased. Check them out on the store for more information. These are private critiques BTW. They will not be posted publicly.
Thanks for watching. If you would like to critique our critique we are always listening. I know I can wax poetic and ramble on and on too much. Meg always says inappropriate things so call her out on that. Anything you think can help our format we’d love to hear it.
PS – We don’t post a link to the work we critique so this critique, good or bad, doesn’t show up in search results for the photographer.
*PPS — I don’t always say inappropriate things. Just a lot of sometimes. __m 😉