Welcome back for week 3! Thank you for being patient and understanding while I figured out issues with the website. Technology is great, but can be frustrating at the same time!


This week we are going to focus on critique. To critique something is to give a detailed assessment or evaluation. In the art world, it basically means someone is going to tell you their opinion of what works and doesn’t work with your art piece. As an artist you will come across critique, a LOT! Sometimes you will seek it out, and other times it will be unwanted. It’s important though, that you know how to properly give and take critique.


“Do you LOVE it or HATE it?”

Giving Critique

This week we are going to focus on how to give a good critique, and the first thing you want to do is get out of the habit of saying “like” or “love”. Telling someone you “like” or “love” their work, helps them -0%. Yes… you heard me… negative zero percent! In the art community, as soon as you say “Oh, I looooove this!”; everyone around you instantly knows how little experience you have in art. Lets get out of that habit, RIGHT NOW!

If you see something you enjoy try saying: “Wow! Stunning lines/shapes/color etc….!” or “Nice lighting!” even “Something about this piece is drawing my eye!”.

The goal of critiquing is to help the artist. Telling them what works and what doesn’t work with their piece helps them tremendously! This should always be a positive thing and NEVER a way to make someone feel bad. It is important to be honest but not hurtful. 


There is a very simple way to break down your critique, positive and negative. It’s optional to state that you enjoy (“like”) the photograph, however a critique only needs to state why the art piece works or doesn’t work.

For Example:


“Its interesting, how you chose to only photograph these two people’s feet! Even though I’m only seeing their feet, there are many clues that tell me about these two people, and I find that intriguing! The rule of thirds is effective in this photograph, because it seems to give the feet some weight and I can see more of their legs. I can tell that the contrast was lowered in this photograph to make it look more vintage, but I feel it might be too low of a contrast.”

Above is a simple critique. The first two sentences told the artist that I “like” their photograph and why. The next sentence tells them what works, and the last sentence tells them what does not work.

As we go further into this class, your photography vocabulary will increase greatly and I know your critiques will reflect that. In these first few weeks, do your best and reference the LINKS page. I have included several articles on the  LINKS page for you to review, if you would like to learn more photography terms and techniques to help your peers!

Here is an article that talks more about critique:

Receiving Critique

Sometimes, it is very difficult to receive critique! We immediately begin saying things like “I know, but…” or “I’m terrible at this” or “I tried, but…”. It’s important to not immediately make excuses or explain yourself. Instead, All you need to do is listen and take it as an opportunity to learn and improve. No response is necessary except a simple “Thank you.” or “Can you expand on that more please?”


If the image above is you, because of our critique… stop it… critique is good!



Take your camera with you everywhere this week. Every-time you see something circular…. don’t move it, but try to find an interesting way to photograph it. Try photographing from different angles. Also, the circle(s) do(es) not need to be centered in the photograph.

At the end of the week (October 22nd), submit your favorite “Circle” photograph. Continue to photograph on shutter speed priority, and be aware of how fast or slow you want that shutter to move depending on what you are photographing. If you are shooting slower than 1/60, remember to use a tripod. Good Luck!



Follow the prompt on the WEEK 2 IMAGES PAGE, to leave your classmates critiques.


DUE: October 22, 2015