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How to Look at and Critique Images
September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
Photographers often talk about everything possible except the images themselves. They have long and involved discussions on gear all the time. Can you imagine painters talking more about their brushes than the artwork they create? The conversation hopefully evolves to technique, which is very important as well. Unfortunately, you can have the best equipment and use exceptional technique to create the most uninspired and boring images possible, while children who use cell phones every day and don’t even know how to hold the thing create works of art.
I’m not saying photographers should stop talking about cameras and technique but I think they should start talking about the images as well. This can be daunting because feelings can get hurt so it must be done with empathy. It takes experience to interpret the feelings that you are having and formulate words around those feelings. Finally, it takes dedication to force yourself to experience images in a new way but the rewards are exceptional. Instead of spending more money on gear, instead of learning technically how to photograph more effectively, you have the opportunity to develop a skill that will lead to more impactful images that make your and the viewers’ heart sing. In my opinion, there is nothing better to spend your time on than learning how to look at images with a critical eye. I would appreciate your posting below if you plan to come or if you have any comments afterward.