Watching an experienced person provide feedback on images is one of the best methods to improve your photography skills and become more aware of common errors. This video is an example of just that, and it includes seven errors that may be avoided with little effort.
When it comes to your own photos, it might be challenging to maintain an impartial perspective, which isn’t always a negative thing. If I like the picture, who cares if you can’t draw six squares over the top and circle intersections of the lines? I’ve spoken in the past about how some of my favorite shots from recent times break rules and don’t fit neatly into familiar compositions, and I’m ok with that.
If you can’t draw six squares over the top and circle intersections of the lines, who cares? However, there are occasions, especially when you are fresher to the profession when you need to accept the fact that more experienced photographers don’t like certain parts of your image. This is especially true when it comes to critiques of your work.
The first time I worked with a model immediately comes to mind as an illustration of this concept for me. Technically speaking, this “model” wasn’t signed, but she had been in the past and was an excellent topic. I organized a shoot in a fantastic location, and together we got a number of images that turned out really well. Nevertheless, there was one that I felt very attached to, and I considered it to be one of the most successful photographs that I had taken.
After a few months had passed, I placed it into a contest in which photos are judged, and unfortunately, it was disqualified. After I had time to heal from my wounds, I was able to see that what they had said was accurate. (It should be noted that the cause was excessive exposure. I was going for a high-key effect, but it seemed like I was missing the target and losing some of the texture.
In this video, professional landscape photographer Nigel Danson critiques various shots submitted by viewers, pointing out the aspects of the photographs that the viewer got right and those that needed improvement. Anyone who is interested in enhancing their landscape photography skills will find this video to be of significant value.