WHY DO A PHOTO CRITIQUE SESSION?
1. Find out what is and is not working, creating better images.
2. Understand how to use simple post processing tools for strong, impactful images.
3. Learn to self-edit
4. Uncover your style and passion, feel excited and inspired to get out and shoot with a clearer direction.
5. Your vision expands, see the world in a different way.
Having a professional photographer offer critiques and suggestions about your images moves your photography to a higher level. After just one critiquing session, there’s improvement in not only composing with impact but also discovering how to expand your vision for future shots. Your photos are evaluated along with a lot of encouragement. Hearing the reaction to your photo is a gift, accompanied by straightforward comments on the photo’s strengths and weaknesses. Participants come away with constructive information and a clearer direction.
Work either one on one or participate in the new group Critiquing Webinar with Judith Farber, who’s coached amateur to professional photographers for the past 16 years and judged major contests worldwide, Adobe, Canon, Sandisk. Participation results in proficiency in how you frame images, while utilizing very simple basic post processing tools.
This is not a criticizing session, or hear ‘your photo is nice.’ These comments are not helpful as learning tools. Explanations are honest, with kind intent, reviving your passion while staying positive and inspiring. Clearly understanding how/why your photos work, or not. We delve deeper together into the composition and the technical, with a better sense in how to see before clicking the shutter.
What To Expect From The Photo Critique Session
1. First impression, does the image have impact?
2. Is it technically strong with excellent composition?
3. What works /what doesn’t, how to improve/fix using various tools to enhance the image, producing a stronger image, and stronger portfolio
4. The Photographer’s eye, delve deeper into how you see
5. Understand the value of self-editing
6. Identify your photographic style
The Importance of Getting Feedback On Your Images
Often a common theme is found when viewing images, resulting in a recurring thread in how you shoot and what your eye is drawn to. This information is beneficial in creating consistently good images, while recognizing a possible ‘style.’ Most participants are unaware of having a particular style. If we observe a commonality amongst your photography, what you photograph going forward will change (read feedback from past participants).
A more accomplished photographer appears as you begin to grasp the skill called ‘self-editing.’ Even though it’s a challenge to be unbiased about our work, it is crucial to know if we are heading in the right direction. After hearing continuous feedback on what works, a personal awareness emerges. Just a small tweaking or cropping can completely change an image. Become proficient in the self-editing process.
As The Photographer
Listening to feedback might be challenging for some to hear. To achieve the best outcome, we recommend it not be taken personally. The goal is for improvement, with the openness to hearing new ideas. The sessions are always a safe haven.
Image Review vs Portfolio Review
The Portfolio Review is what more serious photographers schedule to advance their portfolio and career. Your portfolio could be viewed by photo buyers, curators, editors or agents for the purpose of leaving a strong impression and hopeful consideration for a future project. The serious photographer must be prepared to sell yourself and your work as a marketing campaign. This is substantially eased when doing the Image Review Session first, in preparation for a Portfolio Review.
Listen to this audio on the Photo Critique Session:audio
The Photo Critique sessions are accessible from all over the world for beginners to professionals. It’s a phone conversation in the privacy of your home, where we view your images together online via screen sharing (very easy just a quick link and you’re in). Participants can download a folder of photos on Dropbox. Communication is by phone, a Conference Line for the group Webinar, or Skype, Viber, What’s APP, for private. It is highly recommended to take notes during a session. The average viewing is 30 seconds to 1 minute per image, plan on 25 images per 30 minutes, 50 images per 60 minutes.
NEW: Group Critiquing Webinars will begin in January. Look for the schedule on the January calendar.
PURCHASE A PRIVATE PHOTO CRITIQUE SESSION
To make an appointment email the following information, then purchase from the Paypal drop down menu below:
1. First and second time/day choices
2. Best number to reach you – in USA a cell or home #, (outside USA – Magic Jack #, Skype, Viber, etc).
3. Pick your time frame and purchase via Paypal
* 30 minutes (up to 25 images) – $95
* 60 minutes (50 images) – $185
4. A confirmation email will be sent
5. Email a URL of your images at least 2 days before – via your website URL, Flickr, Google +, or dropbox (sent to above email address). If we do screen sharing, you just need to send a folder of images.
The Photo Critique Session is up there in importance with the most valuable $ you will ever spend to improve your photos!
It’s all about the Feedback
I had my online image review with Judith today and what a pleasure it was. To have a whole hour to have a professional review some of my problem pictures and help identify what can take some of my decent pics and make them much better was invaluable. My biggest issue: I need to shoot vertical!!!- Ken V
I’m not sure if you remember me or not, you did a critique of my photos last year I wanted to let you know I was interviewed on a local York tv show called Culture and Main. http://www.wrct.tv/index.php/profiles/channel-18/culture-and-main . I am on episode 18 6/6/13. For my photos on Edge Of A Moment Photography, I just wanted to let you know! Your critique helped me a lot, and I wanted to share I am slowly getting my name out! – Jessica B
I read somewhere I don’t remember where, that doing an Image Review with you can even change your life. Well, I have to say this certainly had some merit. I came in skeptical but by the end of our hour session, I was blown away by your observations of my work and how quickly you found my style and strengths. So needed and grateful to you. Amazing! Thank you Judith – Stephen B
Fabulous experience. - Nancy S
Judith – Thank you so very much for an honest and oh so educational hour of critiquing my photographs. I learned so very much in that quick sixty minutes. Now to go practice what I learned! – Lauren
Cropping my own pictures per your instructions was a great exercise – besides “salvaging” some of my pictures, it has helped me to begin to see differently. I have learned that in photography, as elsewhere in life, less is more. I have finally realized that I can capture the ambiance of an entire scene by strategically picking out a part of the scene. Thanking you for the feedback – Deena A
Thank you so much Judith! You helped me so much in our 1 hour photo review. So worth it! You taught me so much about the best way to compose my photos and you gave me your honest opinion of my work. I want to thank you for being so kind and informational, you gave me such an encouragement to strive forward. Thank you – Dylan
Judith, thank you very much for the honest critique during the image review session – of the photos I had doubts about. Time well spent! – Yevgeniy
Honest, professional critique of your work is an important step in improving your photography. Your friends and family will often be quick to praise your work. However, If you really want to grow, a critique session with Judith provides unbiased and helpful suggestions that will allow you to take a quantum leap towards producing beautiful photography.- William Tancer, author of Click, Columnist and Amateur Photographer
Judith, I wanted to let you know that moving into the image review process with you was extremely helpful to me, starting from your suggestion to focus on the 2nd tier shots in the review. The actual review was great, and you were both gentle and firm with your comments. The whole effort prompted me to submit a portfolio of 20 of my best shots to the NYT Portfolio review that I thought came out decently. That was a long time coming. We”ll see if anything emerges from the submission. Anyway – thank you so much for all your feedback.- Anthony
Amazing! Judith was right on in her suggestions of my B/W photos and found where even the smallest change made a huge difference in impact. This certainly opened my eyes. Thank you for such an inspiring 2 hour session. Priceless and invaluable. - RD
As amateur photographers we all seek to improve the quality and impact of our images. While wanting the acceptance and input from a seasoned professional, if you are like me you are hesitant to put yourself out there for what could be painful feedback about our images.
I recently had an experience with a true photographic pro, Judith Farber. While it was truthful, insightful and very direct, it was not at all painful. If you are willing to take a giant step backward and look at your image, Judith will share her commercially successful perspective, you can do nothing but learn and improve. For me comments like, “Go vertical,” “get in close,” “do not be afraid to crop” made a big difference for me. I would encourage anyone to take advantage of the opportunity to share images with her and get a candid assessment of the difference between a tourist photo and an image which may have commercial value, or at a minimum, have greater impact as a photo. Happy shooting - Julian P
Hello Judith, I want to thank you again, so much, for your insights and tips as well as helpful criticism during our review on Friday. I learned so much professionally and emotionally about looking at shots more from interest to others rather than what I might find pleasant esthetically. Some of the tips on what should be obvious shows how easy it is for me to ignore faults in selection, angles, lighting and distractions were a great benefit to me. Especially the problem with tilting. I can only guess I have a tendency to list to the right. But now I will be much more careful. I really enjoyed working with you, and I think other students could find your tips invaluable. Thanks again. - Bob LF
In one brief hour Judith Farber spun my head around from my point of view as a documentary photographer and showed me the way to improve my portfolio through composition, image enhancement and editing. She immediately understood my subject matter then zoomed into the content of each frame and made recommendations to bring them into focus and better tell the story. Kudos to Judith! – Bob Z.
Thanks for the feedback on my photos. Looking forward to paying more attention to what I’m doing with the camera and afterwards. Thanks, Judith. – Russ R.
The 1 hour online photo review is a wonderful learning experience. Judith reinforced some composition suggestions to add the “WOW” factor into my photos. She helped me crop existing images and gave me tips for future projects. I highly recommend this 1 hour session. - Steven R.
First, I want to tell you how much I appreciated the critique session with you last week. I found it to be so very valuable on several levels. You provided honest, constructive comments that were encouraging and optimistic. You helped me understand how other people might see my work and how and why an editor would select and use certain images and give direction about improving them and other images. You also gave me the beginnings of a visual vocabulary with which I can view and edit my own images. One practical benefit of this is to better recognize on which images it’s worth spending more digital darkroom time and which were just not strong enough at the moment of capture. And finally, it was really nice to get your positive reactions to some of my images, which means a lot to me and points me in a couple of directions to pursue with even more passion and confidence. – Jeffrey G.
I learned that just a little tweaking can transform a boring photo into a keeper. Judith saw things I never did. Totally worthwhile, thank you – Siobhan
I’ve participated in many portfolio reviews and my one hour with judith was more helpful. She goes over each image in great detail, I highly recommend this, money worth spent- Patricia
We get so caught up with our eye, shooting the same way, so having a professional offer tips and suggestions to see outside “our box” is invaluable. Thank you Judith – Zee
I haven’t experienced a critiquing session before and I have to say that I was blown away by how much I learned, how approachable, honest and helpful Judith was. I could feel her passion for what she does and it came across with all her insightful suggestions. I am doing this again! – Fran
Didn’t know what to expect, and still can’t believe how excited I am about those photos I thought were boring. Thank you for helping me “see the light.” – Cora Lynn
It was quite an educational experience! What valuable feedback, learned so much in such a short time. Take notes! – Linda
I can’t praise Judith enough for my 1 hr private critique session. As an amateur photographer, I travel a lot and am often disappointed with my trip photos. Judith was a pleasure to work with and gave me a lot of insight into my pattern, and for the first time I saw a common theme to my work. What an eye opener. - Gerald S.
Judith stresses a set of basic principles, which like all true wisdom seems simple but is really very deep. Practice makes perfect, her critiques are insightful and constructive, and her classes are a ball. She attracts a very interesting set of compatible people. – Kathleen Brady, author of Lucille The Life of Lucille Ball and Ida Tarbell Portrait Of A Muckraker.
judith delivers more than what you expect. i’ve always been an amateur snapshooter and now i feel like i climbed to a higher level. – cj
I have to say that I will never shoot the same way again. I was feeling lost with little direction before our insightful session, and now I feel renewed, can’t wait for my upcoming trip to Africa. – Francine
Judith’s critiquing session helped me to see what I was missing to turn a good photo into a great one. Judith conveys her vision so clearly that I felt like I could really see what she was seeing and what I need to do to take my photos to the next level. It was great to get Judith’s feedback on my photos. I feel like I learned so much in one hour about how to “see” more clearly and compose better photos.- Grace D.
I understood more about my photography in 1 hour than I have in 5 years of professional work. Thank you Judith for your insight and wonderful constructive feedback.- Lara
What great tools I have now in self-editing my work. Very valuable information, thank you – Sam
That was certainly the most informative hour I’ve spent in a long time, very helpful stuff. – Carin
Thank you for your assistance in cropping my photos. I thought I knew what to do/where to crop, but having you right there going over all my images in such detail was an educational experience. – Pete
I had no idea that so many of my photos were actually keepers and found out which ones I could toss. This was such a valuable lesson that I recommend a session to everyone interested in perfecting their photography. – Jaime
I got so much out of the private hour I spend with Judith critiquing my work. Her comments and feedback were crucial in how I proceed with my photography. thank you so much!! – Sara
I paid for 30 minutes of Judith’s time and had to keep going, it was that helpful. – Bob
Not easy to find a professional critique of your work who knows her stuff. Judith saved me so much wasted time doing the same kind of boring snap shot photos over again. Now I know exactly what I am doing wrong and the improvement has been awesome. – Grant
I had no idea where to go with my photos. I was at a dead end. judith’s encouragement saved me from scrapping photography all together. I can’t believe I got my excitement back again to shoot, thank you judith for getting me back on track. – Lola
There was so much basic information learned from my photos being critiqued, things I would never think of. It’s been helpful in going forward for my photography career. Having someone view and give advice like this has been hard to come by, and I got great tips out of it, thank you. – Marina