View Full Version : possible print comp submission-critique

05-25-2012, 05:30 PM
Would like to submit these for the international comp, never competed in it before, I know the 12 guidelines, so I am interested in your feedback. thanks!



copyright kelhibbs photography 2012

05-25-2012, 05:59 PM
I'm going to leave the cc to others with more experience in comp than I and just give you huge kudos for thinking about comp and posting here for cc.

05-25-2012, 08:26 PM
I haven't judged myself, but I have sat and watched close to a dozen competitions so I will just tell you what I see that I have seen judges mark down for.

The second image has that huge black area, it is nearly half the frame, crop it out, almost all of it, it adds nothing. For that matter, why is the mirror in the background included? What does it add to either the image, or the story it tells?

The third image the subject is much too small, and she is dead center, typically a no no. Also I have seen people marked down for tilting too much. Why is it tilted? Tilting just to tilt is usually not scored high.

The first is confusing to me. Is it a portrait, a still life? Is it an image of the girl or the guitar?

Don't forget that title is everything. I have seen images marked down for confusing titles.

06-14-2012, 03:15 PM
Congrats for having the courage to post work on here. I would advise you to enter competition at your local affiliate so you can get feedback from qualified judges in person. That has always helped me refine my choices for competition. Best of luck!

06-15-2012, 01:24 AM
Gary is right, I learn a lot when I watch and enter my local print comps.

06-15-2012, 01:50 AM
I held off on commenting to give others a chance to chime in -

Rodney pretty much hit all the main points -

The first one is relatively flat lit and makes you wonder why the guitar was added on the side since it doesn't seem to help to add to the center of interest of the image.

The second one has just too much black and doesn't say anything to me - maybe if I could see it larger, I might be able to read more into it.

In the third image, the lighting again seems to be a bit flat, there is no apparent reason for the tilt, and the blurred foreground object is taking out the bottom of her leg on the right hand side making it look like she is hovering with no support.

Again, it might help if I could see these a bit larger, but however you have them posted, I cannot enlarge them for a better view.