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Does having your work critiqued sound scary? {video of two critiques}

When I posted recently to share the link to my Chic Critique, I got one response: “that scares me”. I agree. It scares me, too!

I get emails quite a lot showing me photos and asking me what I think. I don’t usually answer them because I never know where the person is coming from, what criticism they’ve had in the past or what they are really asking when they say “what do you think?”. Critiquing another photographer’s work isn’t easy. There’s a method to offering constructive criticism and I don’t take it lightly.

That said, participating in forums like Chic Critique {which is totally new to me} is a safe way to receive constructive criticism of your work from photographers who, not only know what they’re talking about, but know how to, not only look at an image, but see an image.

When critiquing an image, I come from all different angles. I talk about the composition, the settings used, the editing, etc. I also talk about what I love about the image. And I give tips for things to try in the future. Sometimes, I even edit the photo during the critique. I don’t rip an image apart and leave it for dead.

So what now? There are 10 slots available for active participants in my Chic Critique in March. And there are also a few slots for those who want to sit back and learn from watching everyone’s critiques without submitting their own work {you can dip your toe in!}

And if you’re not convinced that having your work critiqued by a professional can be beneficial, check out this video which shows you a preview of what you can expect if you sign up for my Chic Critique in March.


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  • Shasta Philpot

    It is scary, I cringed at first, but I figure – what do I have to lose (besides my self respect). Haha Anyway, I’ll definitely submit one once my internet service gets restored! I live in the Pacific Northwest region of the US and we got hit with a pretty bad storm that out. :/

  • Shasta Philpot

    Ugh- that knocked everything out, so I’ve been relying on my iPhone to stay connected the past 4 days.

  • Marion

    I so love the idea and wished I could take part of  it… maybe some day (just not enough money for this at the moment). I am so thankful that you shared this and am looking forward to your next blog. You keep me going, Elizabeth! THANKS!

  • http://www.byrayleigh.com/ Rayleigh Leavitt

    I used to put photos on Flickr and I’d submit some of them to some of the groups for critique.  But that was just frustrating because you get all these people who probably don’t really know what they are talking about, giving you bad advice.  I love this idea of getting critiqued by photographers who know what they are talking about.  Right now I kind of have a hold on spending any money on my biz because I’ve overspent and under earned.  But I want to keep it in mind because it’s not a bad price and I think it would be worth it.

  • Catie

    Thank you so much! :) Great advice and I appreciate it immensely and will keep it in mind when shooting in the future. Thanks for choosing my image. It is one of my favorites of him because I had all of .7 nanoseconds to shoot it when he got home from school. When I was post-processing he was “helping” and when he saw it, he said I bet you love my freckles in that one SO much. He was oh so thrilled to see that picture pop up in the video as well this morning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540324782 Natalie Jones

    Are you going to be doing one each month? I’d love to do this, but it’s not quite photo season here in Michigan at that time.

  • Anonymous

    This is the only one I’m scheduled to do. You can submit images you’ve already taken if you’d like feedback on those. Doesn’t have to be hot-off-the-press :)

  • Anonymous

    This is the only one I’m scheduled to do. You can submit images you’ve already taken if you’d like feedback on those. Doesn’t have to be hot-off-the-press :)

  • Gina Young

    Is the cost the same for those who just want to get their “toes wet?”

  • Anonymous

    Nope – that’s $34 and it’s open here: http://chiccritiqueforum.com/classes/elizabeth-halford#p7