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Critique your pictures – see more clearly -make better images

One of the skills we try to teach on our courses is how to read a picture and how to critique, this means looking critically at an image and determining what it is about, how it is formed and how it could be better. We feel at OSP that this is a vital part of becoming a better photographer and on many of our courses we set up blog sites where the students upload work and discuss each others images. Sounds a bit scary but it is so valuable and everyone benefits. We call it learning to see.

Christina N Dickson writes about this process in this interesting article on The Digital Photo School site,

“There comes a point in your photographic development when all of your images seem “pretty good”. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, this is the place where you like what you create, and even if there are a few little things that you would change, you’re ok with the results.

There is no better feeling for an artist than to love and enjoy the art you create. This is a wonderful place to be – so long as it doesn’t keep you from progressing in your craft.

Art is something that is developed over time. It is grown. It is reborn. As you are deliberate in the art you create, your craft will go to new heights.

So how do you work on your skills as a photographer? How do you “evaluate” what you need to change? What techniques you need to work on? How do you learn see new artistic possibilities?”...more

This is a nice picture from the article but Christina finds ways of improving it, have a look and try to work out what you might have done differently and then read what she says


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