Critiquing for Clinics

How is your Photograph Critiqued?

The purpose of the clinic is to provide instruction through constructive critical comment and evaluation. Remember, it is not a competition.  Critiques are done in a general forum with the members providing commentary.

Members comment using 3 categories:

  1. Pictorial or Artistic Merit (IMPACT)
  2. Technical Skill
  3. Interpretation of Subject

Pictorial or Artistic Merit (IMPACT)

This is a measure of the SUCCESS of the COMPOSITION.

Factors include the “RULES OF COMPOSITION”:

  • Rule of Thirds
  • Balance
  • Lighting
  • Framing
  • Tonal Range and Texture
  • Pattern and Rhythm
  • Lead-in Lines


Here you measure the skills of:

  • Exposure
  • Depth of Field
  • Focus
  • Shutter Speed
  • Filters
  • Panning
  • Mounting, spotting (prints)


Here you evaluate how well the photographer interpreted the topic photographically.

  • Is the subject matter appropriate?
  • Has it been chosen carefully?
  • Has it been captured in an interesting way?
  • Does the subject communicate itself clearly without distraction?

Note: a TITLE may or may not assist in this process. It is only one factor to be considered.

(some titles are merely labels, and are therefore neutral).