An Instructor's viewpoint on the visual process.
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At this winter’s Association of Texas Photography Instructors conference at the University of Texas at Arlington, some 300 photography students, photojournalists and artists alike, spent three days competing in contests and attending classes on everything from making a cyanotype to shooting sports. As it has been for the last 25 years, it was one of the best educational experiences out there for the instructors and students alike.
.........But the best learning took place when we took the time to engage in critiquing the image. Photographers learn by having their images critiqued, engaging in a two-way discussion about the merits of the image. At its best, critiquing involves multiple levels, discussing the technical quality (focus, lighting (quality, quantity and direction) use of appropriate exposure (ISO, aperture and shutter speed), depth of field), composition (rule of thirds, framing, repetition of shapes and the like), as well as the meaning inherent in the image. We might even discuss the caption information if a caption was required. While a critique might take place one-on-one, it’s a discussion, a discussion in which both parties can learning something.