Learning Guide Two Morgan Burnette

In the article How to Properly Critique a Photograph I learned that critique should be a dialogue. While it's always nice to hear compliments, a proper critique should include a discussion between the photographer and the critiquing party. The photographer should be able to properly defend any choice they made and also discuss the intent of the image, and the one critiquing should be able to point out exactly what they are critiquing and present reasons why they like this aspect, dislike it, or would want to change it.

While reading Learning the Skill of Critique With These 5 Steps, I learned the basics of critiquing. The main theme was to give information and thoughts that had reason. Short and snippy opinions have no impact on a photographer during a critique and are highly unnecessary. When presenting an idea, a the critiquing party must remember to give reasoning. If they do not like the image, they should be able to present just reason as to why they believe the image is bad or should change, and the same should be said if they do enjoy the image. Said party should also avoid allowing personal preference to impact their critique. The theme of the image is there for a reason and is personal to the photographer, so the critique should only involve ways to properly get this intent across easier.

In the article How to Write a Photography Critique: 8 Steps I learned the different steps to properly critiquing a photo. The first step is to explain your first impression of the image. You then must decide what you like or dislike about the image and determine how said image makes you feel. Then discuss the technical components of the image such as focus, distractions, color, lighting, and exposure. While doing this, take into account the original purpose of the photo to the author such as their choice of objects, color, and composition. Go on to point out the praises of the photo and also the negatives. After doing all of these steps summarize your general perceptions of the photo.

While reading A Brief History of Photography I learned that photography is not only an art, but a science. For centuries, people have been interested in capturing real life moments to be shared, and they have gone about doing so in many ways. The word photography means drawing with light, which is also a primitive form of how photography was used. Artists would use lenses to project images they would later draw. People went on creating more advanced ways to capture images chemically which has led us to the cameras we have today.

In the article Photography: A Brief History and Timeline I learned that photography went through many phases. It began as projecting images through a pinhole lens in Iraq during 5th century BC. The first permanent image took place in 1830s France which went on to inspire many following experiments that grew photography. This led to forerunners of modern film. The camera then evolved to what it is today—part of our phones and daily lives.

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