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Portraits of Senior Citizens

Submit Your Best Portraits of Senior Citizens For Critique
  • Submission Deadline: Sat, 14 Mar 20 02:00:00 +0000

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For this critique, we want to see your best "portrait over 60 years old."  In our last critique, we asked you to post images of "Senior Portraits" or images of teenagers graduating high school. There was some confusion on what a senior portrait represented so this week you have your chance to share your favorite images of older people. Of course keep in mind, our critiques are also based on the assumption that you are building a commercial business and need images in your portfolio to attract paying customers. Therefore, please only submit your best work that might be worthy of posting on your own website. 

Bonus: if one of your images has been featured on a prior Critique the Community episode, and we unfairly critiqued it or we made a massively wrong assumption on how it was created, you can post your image and the behind the scenes story on how it was created for a future "best of" the Critique the Community episode. Keep in mind, we are looking for some of the most debated entries or entries that completely fooled us. 

Each person is allowed up to 3 entries. The highest-rated image and one random image with both win a free tutorial from the Fstoppers Store

  • Submission Deadline: Sat, 14 Mar 20 02:00:00 +0000

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  • 303 people have cast a total of 18,978 votes on 389 submissions from 231 contestants.
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24 Comments
Nir Roitman's picture

Should be a great topic for a contest with lot of interesting characteristic.

Dan Grayum's picture

It's always interesting when photos have different culrural elements. So far some great shots! Much better than High School 🥴

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

Super excited to see everyones shots :)

Sidney M's picture

Man, Mr Choucino has aged. Take it easy there.. :D

Goran Avramovic's picture

It's a good idea. It's a shame the photo limit isn't at least five.
Dobra zamisao.Šteta što limit za postavljanje fotografija nije bar na pet komada.

Marc Wells's picture

What exactly does "Needs Work" mean ??? Who has the right to tell someone else that their work needs work. I can understand "snap Shot" but to spends hours in post process and then to be told it needs work is somewhat of an insult…that's what me thinks anyway

Chris Rosebrough's picture

relax. this is a community of professionals and these critiques are from others who are our colleagues. I have plenty of compositions that I've posted to this community that I've spent hours on and have received "needs work" votes and comments. AND I have become a better photographer because of it. We are all here to learn and grow in our craft and that process should continue until you retire or die.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

You are on a site to critique work. Dont start complaining if you get a critique you dont like. One could argue that its equally an insult to this community to just expect complements.

Marc Wells's picture

It's NOT complaining, and I was referring to some images that had been labelled "needs work" NOT my own. Some pretty awesome images had only 2 stars, and it made me question why. Like John Cecellian says, what does it mean to say "needs work". Jeez, why is someone always ready to attack.

john cecilian's picture

I agree with you Marc, unless they provide a vote and then actually take the time to write something then you can have some idea what "needs work" means to them...At this point it is just a star rating system and people dont want to give more than two stars for whatever reason. Without a comment, the phrase "needs work" is meaningless. I mean if it is composed how you wanted it, it is properly exposed, it is sharp where you wanted it sharp, and it meets the subject matter....well, how does it "need work"? In what way? in what context? it is a frighteningly uninformed way of critiquing a photo by simply a two stars vote

Marc Wells's picture

Exactly John, just to say "needs work" is naff

Pedro Pulido's picture

if find "needs work" very easy to understand. people rating images that way know that work has been put into the image. But in their opinion, it's not worthy of a portfolio.

Why is this hard to understand ?!

Kyle Stauffer's picture

Perhaps 2 stars needs a different label than "needs work".

For example my favorite photos that typically get submitted are usually photo journalistic.... If lighting is right, moment is right, and colors are right and you get two stars (needs work), it's hard to know what could improve. My image in this contest "needs work", haha

Drew Schlichtmann's picture

This is in the context of professional portfolios. The images are being judged on being professionally viable. Time spent doesn't equal marketability.

Pedro Pulido's picture

It is not mandatory to give value to these evalutions.
1st, because it's the internet
2nd, a stranger's opinion shouldn't affect you that much...

Plus, i'm guessing quite a bit of people rate below average if they have a picture submitted.

So take the ratings with a grain of salt. Which is also a great tip for life by the way.

Jess Weltner's picture

It means that the image isn’t perfect, and the viewer sees something that could improve it. That’s all. It isn’t a personal attack, it’s a way to look at your own work more critically, and to learn more about the craft by looking at what you would do differently with another person’s image.

For example, my entry into this one needs work. I look at it and see several things I would do differently if I were shooting it today. Does that devalue it to me? Nope. Just a learning moment. :)

Mark Hallett's picture

'Needs work' also encompasses those images that are just mundane or stereotypical. Photography competitions reward those images that bring something new to the table and this was clearly evident in the previous teen portrait contest, the winner giving new eyes to the woman horse genre.

Renard McGhee's picture

I agree that the label "needs work" could maybe use some tweaking. But I don't think we should expect that every 2-star rating should come with a detailed explanation, especially in the context of a portrait contest that is rated by the community. Should we also demand that anyone rating an image with 4 stars justify his opinion?

Maybe if it were rated solely by official judges then I would expect detailed critique. But we submit our images here to be 1-clicked by our peers with the option of offering/receiving feedback. For those who want to rate dozens images it is not feasible to give details on all 400 photos.

James Bush's picture

So many lovely snapshots.... I gave them all three's.

Anonymous Reviewer's picture

Giving all three stars accomplishes nothing.

James Bush's picture

Yeah it does, it counteracts all the 1 stars issued. And its my opinion.

Mark Hallett's picture

Hey, James! It's tough getting 1 star but I would still prefer an honest appraisal (and some comments) from a photographer of your expertise.

James Bush's picture

I see no need to judge any photo a one star .To do so is very counter productive and offensive to the caliber of photographers in this channel.I have never given a one star even it was a snap shot. I just wont comment. I am always moved to vote on Quality not on weather I find a photo a snap shot. I dont know about you but i would never intentionally post any shot I consider a one star.

Renard McGhee's picture

When I attended my first wedding expo orientation I received what amounted to a verbal "1 star" by another photographer. He was not kind and simply wanted me to know that I was not as good as he was. He was right. He never explained what I should do better, but he did let me know what he didn't like about my photos.

My photos 'needed work.' I wish I could meet him today to thank him for how he helped me to be a better photographer. Honest critique is invaluable. If I shoot a 1-star it only holds me back from shooting a 2-star image next time if there is no honest critique.

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