Everyone takes a second breath when their photos are criticised by a judge or mentor, yet at the end of the process, the benefits are simply remarkable for the aspiring photographer. Jackie Ranken provides some examples of how a photo review process can help in the current issue of Better Photography.
Explains Jackie, "Most of the feedback about your photographs that you receive from friends and family will be positive, so as not to upset you, but these comments are not always helpful when you are wanting to become a better photographer.
"Having your images reviewed by experienced photographers is one way for you to decide if the visual communication from an image you have made is effective. In your mind you may have been thinking one thing, but others might see a totally different story or idea.
"Constructive feedback is information from another photographer or educator who you respect. They could provide you with another perspective or way of seeing your work that you can reflect on, to see if that is an option you agree with."
Jackie shares some examples, provided by students on her South Westland Workshop, NZ, where she has copied the initial image and then made a proposed edit of that file. See how you feel about the changes that have been made and if you agree with them in the current issue of Better Photography magazine. Subscriptions are available on www.betterphotographyeducation.com right now!