Jul 19

Learn to Be Your Own Critic

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:26 — julie

How good are you at evaluating your own work? In the marketplaces it’s great to have reviewers to ensure your work is of high enough quality, but if you only rely on their opinion, you’ll find things slow going.

In an excellent Phototuts+ tutorial, Antoinette Seaman shares six principles that enable you to learn to be your own critic. While the tutorial is aimed at photographers, the principals are relevant to creatives of all types.

Once you master the techniques of self-critiquing you’ll find it’s actually an enjoyable thing. At first it may seem difficult, but every time you shoot you’ll create better and better images. By paying attention to the details, you’ll quickly realize ways to refine your photography. Here are a few tips to get you started with critiquing your own photos.

To become your own critic, you must:

  1. Distance yourself from your work.
  2. Know how to critique your actions.
  3. Realize that an item is only as strong as its weakest element.
  4. Look at the overall message or story
  5. Take time for a self-critique, and ask yourself a set of questions.
  6. And think of it as quality control.

They’re great points. Make sure you read all the details over on Phototuts+.

What did you learn from Antoinette’s  tutorial? How to you critique your own work? Let us know in the comments.

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