Critiquing a photo can involve as much or as little time as possible. Even hearing someone say “I like it, but I don’t know why,” as long as it’s genuine, can be helpful or constructive. Without spending hours looking at the details of the line-work, composition or motives, I limited myself to the basics. Here’s my 2 Minute Critique:
This photo was taken at an out-of-use Finnish Farm, up-kept for display of times past. Nothing was moved or altered to capture this moment, or these artifacts.
It shows the forgotten hayloft still set for a hard day’s work. The weight of the image has a light to dark movement as the eye traces from right to left. The weight of the darkness is offset by the open ground in the forefront of the right bottom corner.Each tool, whether curved or straight, has a crisp curve that contrasts with the softness of the color palate and the dust covered haze.
Beautiful artifacts placed together to give a wonderful glimpse of the past. Between the muted brown and gray tones, to the crossing of lines, evoking movement and a job to be done – the mood is of calm potential.
The most important thing when I’m receiving feedback is honesty and engagement. Even if you’re looking at a photo for 2-5 minutes, really look at that photo and look into the photo. I want to know how you feel, what you like, where your eye goes, what confuses your attention, what feels unneeded, and what you feel you’re missing. Sometimes missing something can create contrast and a dynamic interest, other times, too much action in one section of the photograph can create clutter and disinterest. The most successful information from a critique is that which helps you adjust your composition to maximize its potential, whether through cropping or photo-editing etc.