Last week Lee Morris wrote an article outlining the community rating system and we have been flooded with emails. The most common question has been "now that I have a rating associated with my images, how can I get honest critiques and suggestions about my work?" Well today is your lucky day because this weekend Lee and I are going to examine 15 images submitted to us and break down what makes each image great and not so great.
Over the last couple weeks Lee and I have rated over 4,000 images in the Fstoppers Community. It's pretty obvious after browsing through the most popular and highest ranked images that we have some real talent lurking on Fstoppers.
As fun as it can be seeing how your own images rank among the entire community, sometimes it is more helpful hearing first hand how you can improve your work and make even stronger images. That is our plan for this Sunday as we go through 15 user submitted images and break down the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's not always going to be pretty and I'm honestly a little nervous about having to dish out my own personal thoughts on some of your photos.
Here are a few of the areas we will be looking at and considering when giving our praise and criticism:
Mastery of Lighting
Selection of Talent/Models
General Photography Technique
Emotion and Mood
Commercial Viability (can this image book you work)
If you think you have the guts to have your work critiqued or simply want to get our opinions on how you can push yourself to the next level, leave a link to a specific image in your Fstoppers Portfolio below. On Sunday July 20th, Lee and I will hand pick 15 images to talk about live on video. We are not going to reveal your name unless your entire portfolio is world class and hopefully everyone can take something constructive away even if it isn't their own work.
This idea is sort of a test as I'm not exactly sure what to expect, but if this turns out to be something you guys find valuable then maybe the Community Critiques will become a regular occurance on Fstoppers.com.