Rules Of Photography Critique



As I crank up my YouTube channel here, I am starting to do more photography critiques. This video isn’t necessarily here for “new content” on my channel. I simply want it here to reference to whenever I do a critique. Thanks everyone!

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49 thoughts on “Rules Of Photography Critique

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Zack is the only professional photographer that i know of that can make you feel reassured about your insecurities. That even someone as successful and talented as him can feel what we feel all the time. that it doesn't go away. no matter the level you are at in your photography.

    and i wish more photographers were outspoken about these very things. i think more photographers who have given up may have stayed in a little longer if they knew they weren't alone in all the feelings we have about our work and ourselves.

    thanks Zack for always being you.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    I would love a critique and think I can roll with the punches, dropped my website in a comment flow(?) once before, but perseverance sometimes pays off. My website is overdue a revamp and is focused on Street and Travel photography. Get one on those squeegee balls for your hands! https://pagespics.com/ Thanks for another video.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    I am so happy to see you posting again I can't even describe it. Thank you for teaching and for helping with all sorts of information. You are one of my favorites photography teachers(i used to watch a lot of Creativelive back in the day). Be safe and keep on doing what ever makes you feel good!!! THANK YOU!

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Another great video. One of the things I try to do when hearing a critique of my work is to guess what the photographer doing the critique will say (both positive and negative) and often if you are putting a photo into a competition a 2 judges will see completely different things.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Makes me feel sorry for the people who hang up their cameras when they get a critique that didn't meet their (probable) expectations). It's always great to see people take criticism, reflect on it and then apply it to their work to improve. Whenever I listen to Zack or Sean Tucker, I know their photography lessons/advice can be applied to life in general. I have watched all (or most) of their videos numerous times and will 100% watch again in the future because they have worth on numerous levels. For me, a gazillion subscribers means diddly squat.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    75K subscribers, you're going to grow this pretty large very soon I'd say. to us mortals, it's already inconceivable. you're replicating followers faster than this dang virus.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    I´m not a photographer, I don´t even speak english, I am from Argentina, and yet i really enjoy your videos. Thank you Zack. I hope you became a very successful youtuber.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    PS We ARE curing cancer with our cameras. What's the most important thing in life? Money? Power? In the end we all die. Can art speak to the spirit? Oh yeah, more than money can.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    You said,

    What I'm saying about your work is not what I'm saying about you'.

    Wow!

    I wonder if you know how profound this insight is?

    I confess Zac. I am Catholic. The Catholic Church does NOT judge the sinner, ONLY the sin.

    I know…… off topic right? But is it?

    We all suck… you said

    Well said, man. But tell someone there is something wrong with them today and they will put you before a firing squad.

    But that’s what Catholicism teaches…. We all suck. Man this is sooooooo cool. We don’t have to
    be perfect! How good is that! We just have to be ourselves.

    Why I am saying all this.? Universal truths man…… universal truths. Be yourself. Sure the world might ACTUALLY reject you… but… be yourself.

    In the end, it's perfect

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    As cool as curing cancer be… longer life, init also true having something to create… bring to life, might not be merely an optional extra? All who make life better are worthy. Even the odd photographer.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    I would be interested in a critique as well. I can handle brutal. The day I stop trying to improve my craft means I have lost my passion. Instagram: TB_Imagery

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    The "self reflective" at the 9:50 mark is so spot on. I'm forever a fan now and I've only watched two of your videos. Self-honesty and truth speaking ++.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Zack – I'm definitely not a pro level photographer. Rather, I consider myself an intermediate level photographer with quite a bit of technical knowledge. Where I think I'm stuck on the learning curve is the "art" of photography. So while I've watched a couple of your critique videos and feel like the folks submitting were much more accomplished as photographers than I currently am… I'm happy to throw my site in the pot. Getting feedback – no matter how blunt – can only help me grow. (note, it's a new site and I only have a couple dozen images on it). Finally, whether you pick me to critique or not, thanks for the opportunity! https://www.timfreed.photography/

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Good video! Just started following your channel and I am enjoying it very much. I would love to have a critique, but I am not sure how to submit it. Thanks

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Zack posts a 'simple' reference video and casually educates those (including me) that don't know about Dan Winters work. So glad you're back.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    With every video Zack, I can't help but have Eminem in my head "Zach is back, back for good" oh no wait, is that maybe take that….errr I mean, yeah go with Eminem tune no idea who take that are
    Keep moving forward dude

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Yeah Dan Winters' "Walking Dead" cast images made me think I should never again point my camera at a human being…

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    What format do you prefer if I were to have you critique my work. I don't mind harsh criticism it only tells me where I need to improve.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    While your thoughts and feelings are directed to critiquing images, interesting your comments resonate with life. Thank you for your willingness to be open/candid. Encouragement, motivation, and direction can only come with honesty. Thanks Zack!!!

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Zack, Namaste from India. 🙏🏻 First of all, thank you for putting this video out and for critiquing.. Secondly, you were ultra sweet in my honest opinion in your earlier video. So i am surprised that ppl created fuss about it. Thirdly, my website sucks… and the content is old.. once it is in some shape.. gonna definitely send it to you 😊🙏🏻

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    What I like most about you is that you have always seemed honest to me, your are not the typical youtube showman. Probably you would get more followers if you were LOL, I have the same problem, but it is far more rewarding to be and honest person than and Internet clown. Congrats, keep up the good work!

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    Give this man the stick he had in the "Crop or Crap" video! 😀 And Zack, please continue making videos. They are great!

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    I think this really speaks to the nature of constructive criticism and a constructive critique. It's easy to critique something if you don't have an interest in sharing anything useful for a person to mull over. It's much more difficult to critique something if the long-term intention is to be both honest and helpful. The goal is not to tear something down but to offer an honest opinion on why something fails to achieve it's goals and/or ways to improve upon what did not succeed.

    Some people hate the idea of constructive criticism because they have only experienced the criticism part and the source "offering the input" had no intention of actually being constructive. This is really unfortunate because I have always found it to be a pretty thought provoking exercise, even in circumstances where I just disagree completely with the critique; it still provides something to think about.

    I guess at the end of the day it's all about taking it with a grain of salt. A critique may or may not have any kind if profound impact as each person has the choice as to how to receive it.

    With the being said, I'll leave my link and ask for a critique if you have time.

    Thanks and keep up the good work, glad to see you're putting out videos again!

    -Evan

    evankanephotography.com

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    I relate to that anecdote about the model.
    I am a TAFE student, doing one unit (at a time) of an advanced diploma of photograph. We had a task, practicing Rembrandt lighting. We divided into small groups (to share the equipment around), and we all shot one person in the group – everyone shot, everyone was shot at. My model was an Italian (why a professional portrait photographer is in the course, I don't know, but there he is.) He doesn't look anything special, but the photos came up really well. My wife reckons he looks like an old-time painter.

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    If I were to critique your videos, I would say, just keep being who you are, fidgety and all! That includes any curse words that just HAVE to be said, LOL

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    So good to see your ugly mug more often on the YouTubes…No pressure!!! I love seeing you back online more. (All the way from Australia)

  • April 3, 2020 at 18:10
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    That's a humane and insightful set of comments. There's a real equivocation, with all of us I suspect, between ideas of objectivity in art and the belief that 'it's all subjective' . Neither is in fact quite true and I think you hit it on the nail when you introduced the idea of you as a well informed critic. It's not 2+2=4 but neither is it a case of anything goes if we want to do well in the craft of photography, and have people who aren't our moms genuinely appreciating what we do. We improve via practice and honest appraisal. Well done and keep it up.

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