View Full Version : Looking for critique for first time submissions

04-20-2009, 05:29 PM
Looking for feedback on the following images. Along with any critique that folks don't mind giving on the images, I am also wondering about digital matte choice. I am trying to avoid anything that will distract the judges attention from the image. What's acceptable? What's not? I have no problem sticking to a simple black matting as well. Just looking for some advice as its my first set of submissions. Thanks a million!





04-21-2009, 01:14 AM
Please share your thoughts on the images as well. I look forward to feedback from experienced members and peers alike.

04-21-2009, 03:03 AM
Hi Jason,
This will be my first year submitting images also so I don't have any "experienced" feedback to give you. But, your images are great. I love how vibrant the images are and how the boys don't look "posed". I'm not sure on the matting... I'm trying to find some more information about this as well. ;D Good luck with your submissions. I think you will do very well. :)

04-21-2009, 03:34 AM
Thanks for the comments Andrea. Good luck to you as well!

04-21-2009, 04:45 AM
Here's another I am considering. Would love some feedback.


04-21-2009, 05:56 AM
These are just my opinions, but for what it's worth...

The first image looks good centered as presented. Considering his stance in the image, I believe that you made the correct choice of positioning. I like the placement and the color coordination as presented. I would narrow down the key line and drop it down to a lower density to keep the key line from becoming the brightest point of the image.

In the second image, I find the contrast between the color of the background and the green of his shirt distracting and find it difficult to get my eye off the shirt and into his face. I think that this would be the weakest of the four.

In my opinion, the third one is the strongest of the four. I might just punch up the eye on the left side as the catch light looks just a bit weaker than the catch light in the eye on the right hand side. Do you have a title for this one yet? The only change I might suggest is to narrow and grey down the accent line as it looks a bit too wide. I would suggest toning it down to around or just below the same brightness range as the highlight on the boy’s face to keep from having the key line becoming the brightest spot on the print. I think that this one will do well.

The first three images appear to all be of he same subject - you can only enter one image of a given subject, so you will have to make a decision as to which one to send (if they are all of the same subject).

The fourth one looks a bit crowded. I would leave a little more space above their heads and to the left of the couple. Do you have anymore on in the file or is this the full image? I would like to see the full file to look at the cropping. Again, the key line is a bit too wide and too bright.

Hurry up ! Get them printed and get them shipped ! The deadline for the International Judging is May 1st !!!

04-23-2009, 02:15 PM
Thanks for all the input Rick. I really appreciate it. I'll end up paying the late entry fee but they'll get there.