Show and Tell: Group Image Critique
Getting feedback on your photographs is a necessary part of growth for any photographer. If you’re just starting out you might want to know if you’re consistently exposing properly or get tips for more creative composition. And if you’ve been shooting for years and have amassed a wealth of photographs, professional feedback can help you stay on track for selecting your best work for competitions and shows.
This session is a way to have your images reviewed in a supportive group environment and to encourage discussion among photographers about their work. You’ll benefit not only from having your own photos looked at, but from viewing and learning to appreciate other people’s images that are both simpler and more complex. You’ll also learn or get more comfortable with thinking about images in some of the language of composition like color, structure, timing, energy, story telling, and space. This is also about just having fun looking at pictures!
How this works:
- You’ll submit 5 of your best images ahead of time. (see Details tab)
- Peter will choose 3-5 of your images and each person will have a few minutes to tell the story of their pictures. A timer will be used! Then the instructor will offer brief feedback and critique of the images and the group will have a chance to comment.
- At the end of each person’s showing there will be an interactive tallying system to get a sense of which of your images everyone liked the most.
- After all of the images have been reviewed, we’ll put together everyone’s best shots for a slide show.
- Remaining time will be for open discussion.
What people have to say about our previous image critique:
“Learning from the critique of my work and the work of others will help me see different ways of looking at photographs and possible photographs. Perhaps in ways that I had not considered because of my fears or lack of knowledge or perspective.”
“Personally, I found Peter’s critique encouraging, not only to me but to all participants. He was thoughtful and I appreciated his positive comments concerning my work, especially commenting on noticing the respect I give my subjects. I really hadn’t thought about that.”
“Seeing others’ work and realizing we all have our niche that sets our work apart. We can all be good and have our unique way of approaching photography without taking away from the next person.”
“This was the first time that I actually received constructive criticism instead of a simple “good job!” I think the experience was very valuable.”
“Favorite parts…all of it. I thought Peter was very positive and supportive regarding all the photographers and their images. His genuine interest in helping the attendees was clear and I think he made sure his comments were for that purpose.”
- Cost per person is $35 early registration, $45 late registration.
- Doors open at 6:15pm.
- Class starts promptly at 6:30pm.
- The class is 2 ½ hours long.
- Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
- Advance registration and payment is required.
- Maximum number of students is 20, minimum to make a class is 12.
- Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.
How to submit your images
After registering for the workshop, submit your 5 images according to these guidelines:
• Images must be JPEG
• Filenames must contain your first and last name (johndoe-1.jpg, johndoe-2.jpg)
• Submit via WeTransfer. You don’t need an account or any login information, just add your files. Enter our email address DCPSUBMISSIONS@GMAIL.COM and enter your return email address. Hit Transfer and you’re all set!
Your images must be submitted no later than 48hrs before the class starts.
Q: What if I don’t think my pictures are good enough for group review?
A: Even a beginner can benefit greatly from having their photos seen by other photographers. Critiques will be gentle and supportive, so don’t be scared to give this a try!
Q: Can I submit more than five photos if I just can’t decide which are my five best?
A: No. Please submit only five photos.
Q: How, what size, where do I submit my images?
A: All of that information is on the Details tab.
Q: Are all styles of photography welcomed?
A: Yes, with some obvious limits. If the subject includes nudity or potentially controversial subjects, please keep the diversity of the audience in mind when making your selections. The instructor will have final say over which images can be screened in the class.
Q: What about non-digital work like B&W silver or alternative processes?
A: We’d love to have these techniques included but this particular class will only be using digital projection. If you feel your work translates well to this type of presentation then come join us!
Q: Do I need to bring a camera or computer?
A: No, we’ll just be reviewing your images together on a big screen.
Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than 2 nights before the scheduled class date.
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.
Peter is the owner of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.
He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.