Shallow DOF

VW6 – Shallow DOF Critique

Welcome to Visual Wilderness Episode #6. In this episode, we critique the March 2014 Assignment: Shallow DOF – and we talk about general guidelines for critique.

To see all the entries and find out more about this assignment visit: March’ 2014 Assignment: Shallow DOF

Check out these great critiques by some of our members!

Critique by Derek Tempongko: This is an excellent critique. You don’t have to agree with everything Derek said (in fact, I love this shot, and wouldn’t change a thing about it!) but the critique itself is exactly what every photographer should strive towards. Positive comments… suggestions for improvement… a clear explanation of why he made the comments he did… the critique is well-thought-out, and a really great example for the rest of us. Thanks Derek!

Critique by Colin Butterworth: Again – Colin’s critique offers positive comments alongside suggestions for improvements with explanation. You can get a solid idea of how to critique by paying attention to critiques like these. Thanks Colin!

Great job guys! This is exactly the kind of great critiquing that we want to encourage in the community! You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn from critiquing other people’s work! Don’t be nervous about jumping in and sharing your thoughts! This is how you learn!

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.

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2 replies
  1. Stephonie Schmitz
    Stephonie Schmitz says:

    First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you who are involved with this critique! It was really informative and I really enjoyed watching and listening to it. I also want to thank you for including my image (Lilac Breasted Roller) in the series, I was curious to know what you all thought on it when I posted back in March. Before Varina mentioned that little black dot on the left part of the border, my eye kept going back to it too… I have already gone in and edited it, and am working on the part of the tree on the top of the bird as Jay suggested. Are we able to repost again in old assignments? 🙂

    A small side note… I like Brent’s technique of blurring his eyes when viewing an image to see if the point of focus is still the point of focus. And I agree with Johnny on shooting both portrait and landscape when capturing an image… sometimes it isn’t discovered until processing which is the better orientation, and sometimes both equally bring impact to the composition.

    What I gained most from watching this critique is HOW to critique. It is a very important and vital part to photography. Explaining why something does or does not work in an image helps us grow as photographers. Not only critiquing our own work, but being able to critique others is very important as well. I know I have to work on this, but I do feel like I have a better grasp on things and look forward to the future. I will keep in mind the important 3 aspects:

    1. Technical
    2. Creative
    3. Emotional Impact

    Thanks so much again!


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