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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I spend a lot of time on Pinterest these days. You can follow me here if your curious about what my dream home or fantasy wardrobe would look like. lol You will also notice that my disdain for cooking is quite evident as that folder is practically empty; not to mention I only started that folder a couple of weeks ago in effort to keep up appearances on Pinterest! lol If you want an invite to Pinterest just leave your e-mail in a comment and I will send one out to you. I think it's odd that Pinterest requires you to be invited to "join," but, whatev.
Anyways, what was the point of this post again...oh yeah, critiquing photos. Boy, do I get distracted easily. Anyways, one thing that I have done surprisingly little of as a photographer over the past few years, is to critique both the photos that catch my eye and those that don't. Sure, I look at pictures all the time and my mind immediately registers whether or not it likes the image it is taking in but, I have never taken the extra time to become an avid studier of the images I am viewing. I know that this is a shameful confession but, at least now I'm doing what I should have been a long time ago. Baby steps! Questions I am beginning to ask myself when I look at a picture that I love: What draws me to this picture? What is the mood? Where is the light coming from and what time of day might this have been taken at? How was the photographer positioned to get this perspective? Is this a rule of thirds shot? What is the model/subject wearing and how are they posed? What about the setting adds to the emotion of the shot? What is it about the post processing that I love so much?
Then of course I ask the same questions but, with a different goal in mind when an image is not as striking to me. I have found this exercise to be incredibly eye opening. Now, instead of simply looking at a picture and thinking to myself, "oh wow, what a beautiful picture," and pinning it without another thought; I really study it and learn from it. In the same way, when a picture doesn't impact me I study it and determine what I feel that it is lacking. Do you make a habit of critiquing photos?
This exercise has helped me to hone in what I want my own photography style to embody and what I aspire to achieve going forward. The pictures above are some of my favorite engagement pics from my Pinterest folder. I love different things about each shot (which I won't go into in this post) but, I also see some patterns. Happiness. Joy. Love. Sweetness. Light. Cozy. Warm. Relaxed.
I critique my own pictures to death and I am well aware of all of the things that I need to work on but, this exercise is simply about learning from others and growing in the process. In future posts I'll share pictures that I like and why vs. shots that I am not as moved by and why. If you don't do this already already, you should give it a try. It's fun! :-)