. . . of critique is help photographers improve their work through a better understanding and proficiency in the technical aspects of photography and visual literacy. It should do so in a way that respects and nurtures their individuality and personal vision.
Critique should open the photographer's thought process. It should not be an attempt to change the photographer into a clone of the assessor - the very curse to creativity. To this end, it is essential to determine the photographer's purpose. Was it to be a clinical study, story illustration, social documentary, fine art piece or perhaps an entry for a competition? Only then can the critique be properly focused to assist the photographer along an effective learning path.
TECHNICAL QUALITY Editors, judges and evaluators all agree: a successful photographic image must have good technical quality to start with.
COMPOSITION Affected by the camera viewpoint and focal length of the lens. It can raise an image from a technical success to an artistic success!
EMOTIONAL APPEAL The vital element for a truly great image, making it unique and memorable.