Fstoppers Community Critiques: Show Us Your Best Photos

Fstoppers Community Critiques:  Show Us Your Best Photos

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

Post Production

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.

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Seoirse Brennan's picture

I would love to have you guys look at my work and tell me what I'm doing right & wrong.

Santa Muerte by Seoirse Brennan

Thanks again.

Henry Louey's picture

I'm in :)


4 Faces of Beauty by Henry Louey

Marcel van Beek's picture

What do you guys think of this image? http://fstoppers.com/photo/14115

Light Painting Dress Red by Marcel van Beek

Oh, this will be a lot of fun!!

Beet Gnocchi by Brandy Yowell

Brad Williams's picture

I'd enjoy the opportunity to get more feedback on my work. Thanks!


Scott Wilson's picture

Okay, I'll try it for this image. Taken outside against a river for a backdrop, which I blew to turn bright white. I wanted to give her a different look from the standard trees and flowers.


Profile Pic by Scott Wilson

Eder Novacki's picture

Just for the fun :] http://fstoppers.com/photo/13569

Mariana by Eder Novacki

And damn.. there's some nice imagery in these comments. Way to go people!

Austin Burke's picture

I see a lot of portraits so I'll throw one of my architecture shots in there. Had a tough time picking one so I went with the one the community has rated the highest. Now don't go easy because wheres the fun, plus I wont learn anything!

Daytona Beach Ocean Center by Austin Burke

Rudi Poppes's picture

I'll give it a go too: http://fstoppers.com/photo/19582

Tony by Rudi Poppes

Mike Mantucca's picture

For some reason, it uploaded with a green tint but here it is...http://fstoppers.com/photo/23420

Ryan Mense's picture

You forgot to export as sRGB :)

Russell Bradley's picture

Scary, but I'll have a go.

The Blower by Russell Bradley

Janaka Rodrigue's picture

Hey Lee and Patrick, it would be fantastic if you could give me some advice on my underwater photography. I've only been doing it for a few weeks (actually I couldn't even really swim a month ago...) So I'd like to know if I'm heading in the right direction!


Hannah Lyne by Janaka Rodrigue

Rob Nitsch's picture

Sweet! I am game! give me some good constructive criticism! http://fstoppers.com/photo/11744

Dom and Bianca by Rob Nitsch

Bryan Szucs's picture

I'm game, please critique my flower macro photography lit with a beauty dish.


Coral Tulip by Bryan Szucs


Anonymous's picture

I agree with Ralph, no pain no gain... http://fstoppers.com/photo/22947

Brandon Chau's picture

Let me know what you think!

Fairy by Brandon Chau

Amie Santavicca's picture

I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts about this image.

House of Leaves by Amie Santavicca

Diego Agudelo's picture

Suena muy interesante y es un honor, gracias!
Aquí va: http://fstoppers.com/photo/23461

Bohemio by Diego Agudelo

Nasser Ali's picture

What a lovely chance to hear from you. I am in too :)


The Big Game by Nasser Ali

Chris J. Evans's picture

Sounds awesome!

Dakine Ad by Chris J. Evans

PS These dudes are all pro surfers, not models....

Elias Nahum Portes Ruiz's picture

Here it is! http://fstoppers.com/photo/23475

Go against the tide. by Elias Nahum Portes Ruiz

Thanks for the opportunity guys!