Many of us now have 4K cameras stuffed in our pockets and purses.
If you're confused by this statement, please revisit the selfie examples above.
- Consideration to framing and composition
- Have interesting or unique subject matter
- Have ordinary subject matter but captured in a unique way
- Attention is paid to lighting
- Technical Elements
- Compositional Elements
- Emotional Elements
1. Where is the visual weight in your image?
Consider where the viewer's eye will immediately go;
"Visual weight" is what attracts your viewer's eye and drives them to your focal point.
2. Do you have any distracting elements?
"Distracting Elements" could be as simple as a line leads the viewer's eye out of an image without looping them back in.
3. Is your image properly exposed?
Consider what the exposure tells the viewer about the atmosphere on scene that day. If the image is bright or hazy then that likely tells viewers that your subject's are out on a hot summer day.
4. Would the image work better if you'd used a different focal length (lens)?
The lens should work with your content, informing viewers how close the subject is to other elements in the frame (literally or intentionally doctoring).
5. Consider the background and foreground.
Your image is a combination of foreground, middle, and background. Intentionally place interesting elements in each to draw the eye.
6. Is attention given to Rule of Thirds?
Rule of Thirds is a composition technique that builds visual interest into an image. The image shown left has the 1) writing on the seats as the lower third, 2) the subject's faces as the middle third, and 3) the roof of the vehicle as the upper third. The subjects faces are also divided into thirds vertically as well.
7. Any post-production necessary?
Today, many photographers have a post style of creating an etherial look with blue and green color tones. This image demonstrates a increase in contrast, conveying harshness of the scene.
9. Does the Depth of Field match content?
Controlling depth is the key to powerful photography. Photographers who can select exactly what they want in focus (or out of focus) can share their vision of the world.
10. Does your photo fall into a cliche pattern?
We all photograph the things we see in daily life, but it's the way photographers capture these moments that really make a difference. This photo is a wonderful example of a man going about his day. The make-up on his face makes the image unique and powerful.
Images for the first section on "Great Pictures Tend to Have" are from photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Images for all 10 tips "You are Your Harshest Critique (or you should be)" are from the photographer Vivian Maier.
Information about photography critique credited to: http://expertphotography.com/10-ways-to-critique-a-photo/