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Photography Critiques for Artists

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DUE TO THE IN-DEPTH CRITIQUING PROCESS, THERE IS A MAX OF FOUR CRITIQUES ACCEPTED PER MONTH FOR PHOTOGRAPHY OR PAINTING.

The first step in improving your photography is to find your strengths, then diminish your weaknesses. Excellent photography critiques can do that for you. If you’re relying on your friends or Grandma to give you visual guidance, then think again. Their opinions are bias, and they will most likely pat you on the head and give you a lolly for presenting mediocre work. They critique you by saying, “it looks good to me honey,” or, “you’re so talented!” That’s what they say to me every time I ask for their opinion. These comments are great for inflating your ego, but they won’t allow you to grow.

Don’t you want to be better than you already are? Don’t you want to smash past that plateau and keep improving?

We can’t advance by focusing on technical aspects related to gear either (see Fro Knows Photo). A lot of the photography critique guru’s out there will ask you, “what settings did you use? Oh, you should’ve used f/8 instead of f/11, and your shutter speed could’ve been a little slower. And what’s up with the ISO being at 400?!” Being told you need to “crop the image more” doesn’t teach you anything. Cropping is usually a bandaid, and not a solution to the real problem.

All of these technical photography aspects don’t matter if they’re not presented with a “why” and an actionable solution. Sure, if the image is too blurry, then maybe your shutter speed is too low. Let’s move past these basic critiques and move towards something more advanced that will actually help the future of your photography. You know, like how the actual image can affect the viewer based on it’s design and composition.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson is a master photographer that trained with the cubist painter Andre Lhote. He has several masterpieces that aren’t tack sharp. No one cares either! The visual clarity he provides to the viewer creates something more pleasing than perfect focus does. We can’t glorify the technical aspects and ignore the most important thing: visual clarity.

What I’m saying is, the final image is what matters. The way the viewer sees your work. If your photo is hanging in a museum or gallery, do you think people are going to stop and look just because your settings were accurate? They will see the image as a whole…regardless of the settings you used.

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Photography Analyzed

Watch me analyze the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson in this revealing video. Your photos will be critiqued for dynamic symmetry (and 50+ more techniques), but that doesn’t mean you have to incorporate it every time. Sometimes there are no diagonals to work with, but Henri Cartier-Bresson loves to incorporate his geometry when he can.

Remarkable Images influence on a Subconscious Level

The way an image impacts a viewer and stops them in their tracks is on a subconscious level. Subject matter might make them look, but it won’t hold their interest for long if the design isn’t strong enough.

The majority of people that see your work won’t even have a technical background, or understand how you made it. This doesn’t matter, because they will still be able to determine if they like it or not. Once you understand what is being presented to them on a subconscious level, you’ll be able to control the way they see your art.

I’ll give you an analogy.

Pretend you’re in a restaurant and you order a T-bone steak with a side of garlic potatoes. It comes out, and your mouth is watering from the aroma. You taste the steak and…hmmm…it doesn’t quite hit the spot. It’s maybe too dry, or something. Maybe too much pepper. You’re not quite sure. The same goes for the garlic potatoes. Something tastes weird. Maybe too much garlic? You know you don’t like it, but you’re not sure why.

Now, give the same dish to Gordon Ramsay…a trained, Michelin Star Chef. He’ll know exactly what’s good, what’s wrong, how it can be improved, and give excellent advice on what can be done next time.

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Learn to See Differently by Way of Critique

One of the best ways to grow is by way of constructive criticism from an experienced mentor with an unbiased opinion. If you look at Mark Zuckerberg, he was mentored by Steve Jobs. All of the successful people we know today had mentors; Opera Winfrey, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, even Alexander the Great who was mentored by Aristotle. Finding a mentor that will help you achieve your goals is a game changer.

People claim that art is subjective, which is true in some cases, but a lot of what makes an image remarkable is the design. The clarity in which the viewer sees your image is paramount. All subjectiveness is discarded when we focus mostly on the design techniques that are proven to make a great image.

Let me explain.

If you have a compelling, emotional story being captured, but can’t clearly communicate it visually, you’re image will ultimately fail to accomplish what it was meant for…to be remarkable.

No artist sets out to create mediocre work, but it happens because it’s very hard to distance ourselves from the time and effort we spent creating it. We have an emotional attachment to everything we create, which is our downfall. Just because it felt good to create, doesn’t mean the viewer will “get it,” or even like it.

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Turn More Heads and Get More Paying Gigs

Wouldn’t you love to live off of your photography? That’s probably the goal for 95% of photographers…making a living from something you love.

When you’re able to create remarkable art, and you can communicate with visual clarity, magical things start to happen. You start to turn heads, you start to get noticed. You’re able to do more of whatever you’ve been hoping for, like selling prints, or getting more paid gigs. Get hired to shoot weddings, events, families, engagements, portraits, landscapes…anything.

Once you understand how to create remarkable art, you suddenly become in-demand of what the world needs. Your portfolio strengthens, and your potential customers become more interested.

Martine Franck’s Photography Analyzed

Watch me analyze the photography of Martine Franck in this inspiring video! She was married to Henri Cartier-Bresson, so you know some of his knowledge rubbed off onto her. You’ll see how she uses design techniques, patterns, surrealism, design and composition techniques.

How Critiques are Conducted

Each image will be closely analyzed in over 50 different areas for design, composition, lighting, story, and more. The genre of photography will be considered when critiquing, because street photographers won’t be able to apply as many techniques as fine art photographers. The critiques will be based off of the remarkable design techniques used by master painters, and Gestalt psychology techniques for visual perception.

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This is a before and after from a critique I received on Flickr a few years ago. I received great constructive criticism, but I didn’t learn anything about design. I had to move to the East Coast for a mentor to teach me a new way of seeing.

The critiques will also be unbiased and based on visual facts, not how “cute” or “sharp” it is (see Tony & Chelsea Northrup). The critiques will be kind, full of value, constructive, and professional. The purpose is for you to learn and grow into a master of your craft. Please view the video below to get a great idea of what to expect.

The Critiques Apply to Painting

Some photographers are painters, some painters are photographers. These critiques can help any of the visual creators out there! You can see an in-depth critique and analysis of Vincent Van Gogh in the video below.


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1. Single Image Rapid Critique

The single image rapid critique is a great way for you to get quick feedback on your photo or painting. It will work like the full critique packages below, but will not be as in-depth. You’ll still get excellent guidance and we’ll cover the fundamentals of design that positively or negatively affect the image. Perfect for artists that are wanting to improve their art in a more affordable way. These critiques, like the other packages, will be in the form of concise mentoring that will certainly help guide you through your artistic journey.

The Single Image Critique Includes:

  1. A single image critiqued for the fundamentals of design
    (up to 4 critiques can be purchased at once).
  2. Written details for each image
  3. The strengths within each image
  4. The areas that could be improved
  5. Things to improve next time you’re on location (if any)
  6. Missed opportunities for design (if any)
  7. 48-72hr turn around (depending on how many are submitted)

See instructions further below for submitting your image(s).

Starting at $15.99 ONLY!


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2. Professional Critique Package (Photography or Painting)

The professional package will get you headed in the right direction. With the detailed notes of each image, you’ll learn to see in a whole new way. A way that will allow you to communicate with power!

The Professional Critique Package Includes:

  1. 5-10 of your best photos (or paintings) critiqued in over 50 different areas related to design, composition, lighting, story, and more!
  2. Written details for each image
  3. The strengths within each image
  4. The areas that could be improved
  5. Things to improve next time you’re on location (if any)
  6. Missed opportunities for design (if any)
  7. Additional communication about the critique via email
  8. Three week turn around
  9. A score of your images according to the design techniques used by master painters.
  10. FREE download of Grids and Digital Books Package
    The grids and digital books that are included in the package are there to give you an understanding of what I cover in the critique. If you get time, thumb through the books, familiarize yourself with the terms, then select your top 10 favorite images. Doing this might help you narrow down your search for the best images to present for your critique.
    (if you already have the package you can gift it to a friend)

$249 $199 LIMITED TIME OFFER!
MAX- 4 CRITIQUES ACCEPTED PER MONTH




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3. Specialist Critique Package (Photography or Painting)

*differences from the previous package are highlighted in green.

The Specialist Critique Package includes:

  1. 5-10 of your best photos (or paintings) critiqued in over 50 different areas related to design, composition, lighting, story, and more!
  2. Personalized video critique with screen demonstration (ranging from 1-3hrs)
  3. Video of critique uploaded to YouTube where the community can join and learn from your critique (optional).
  4. Video critique download for your records.
  5. Link to your site (if applicable)
  6. The strengths within each image
  7. The areas that could be improved
  8. Things to improve next time you’re on location (if any)
  9. Missed opportunities for design (if any)
  10. Additional communication about the critique via email
  11. Online Portfolio Review – sorting through your portfolio to find your top 30 images and removing the others to give it an overall strength.
  12. Two week turn around
  13. A score of your images according to the design techniques used by master painters.
  14. Free Download of Gestalt Psychology video series.
    The Gestalt psychology videos series consists of seven videos (preview below) based on composition and design that will give you a grande foundation in design, and guide you with your submissions. This way, when the critique comes, you’ll have a familiarity of the techniques I’m covering.
    (if you already have the Gestalt psychology videos you can gift them to a friend)

$349 $299 LIMITED TIME OFFER!
MAX- 4 CRITIQUES ACCEPTED PER MONTH




4. Virtuoso Critique Package (Photography or Painting)

*differences from the previous package are highlighted in green.

The Virtuoso Critique Package Includes:

  1. 5-10 of your best photos (or paintings) critiqued in over 50 different areas related to design, composition, lighting, story, and more!
  2. Personalized video critique with screen demonstration (ranging from 1-3hrs)
  3. Video of critique uploaded to YouTube where the community can join and learn from your critique (optional).
  4. Video critique download for your records.
  5. Link to your site (if applicable)
  6. The strengths within each image
  7. The areas that could be improved
  8. Things to improve next time you’re on location (if any)
  9. Missed opportunities for design (if any)
  10. Additional communication about the critique via email
  11. Online Portfolio Review – sorting through your portfolio to find your top 30 images and removing the others to give it an overall strength.
  12. One week turn around – faster results!
  13. A score of your images according to the design techniques used by master painters.
  14. Three month follow-up video critique of 5-10 new images – to prove you’re dedicated to learning and improving your photography (ranging from 1-3hrs).
  15. Video critique download of the follow-up for your records 
  16. Free Ultimate Package
    The Ultimate Package consists of a one year membership to the Canon of Design blog (over 480+ articles), seven Gestalt psychology videos, 140 grids, and two digital books (Canon of Design Mastering Artistic Composition, Photography Composition & Design).
    (if you already have the ultimate package you can gift it to a friend)

$549 $499 LIMITED TIME OFFER!
MAX- 4 CRITIQUES ACCEPTED PER MONTH




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How to Submit Your Photos for Critique

After the package is purchased, you will be directed to a welcome page. Please submit images approximately 1000px-2000px in width at 72dpi. This ensures you are able to send them easily. If you can’t resize them, just send them as is.

If you are a painter please ensure the painting is well lit (window light, bounce flash, etc.) before you take the photo. It’s not required, but I’ll be able to see the details better.

Send photos via Dropbox, a zipped file, or attachments to tavis@ipoxstudios.com

If you have any further questions, please email me.

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