Critique is a really important part of how we develop as photographers and is an essential part of the learning process. On many photographic and social media forums the critique element rarely goes beyond ‘wow’ or ‘awesome capture’ – or a string of meaningless emojis.
We can do better than that and we can all benefit from some frank but constructive feedback; alternatively it can be negative and destructive.
So, when others post images, try to find a moment to say a word or two. Every comment helps, whether you’re an experienced street photographer or a beginner yourself. When giving feedback, try to be as expansive as possible (though essays are not necessary) and always try to suggest an alternative approach; also aim to find both positives and negatives in every image. When receiving feedback, take it in good heart and learn from your successes and failures.
If you’ve been on one of my street photography workshops, you’re probably a member of the StreetSnappers Street Photography Club, a great community of enthusiasts from across the globe. Every month I set a challenge whereby members submit one image on a given theme; last month that theme was ‘night shooting’. At the end of the month I select a handful of images – which are either my favourite shots or those which show potential – and provide constructive critique which is recorded on video and posted on our new YouTube channel.
Watch the critique video . . .
You can see a selection of my students’ work in this month’s critique video here.