critique form    Y0UR NAME: ____________________________
--this is a printable handout--   PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME: _______________________
Identify the TITLE OR DESCRIPTION OF ONE PHOTO HERE: ______________________________
(write on back if space is needed)
A. WHAT?  How is the primary visual impact produced? What is the main thing you notice.  Use description.
 
 

B, 1. What are subject matter and image reasons for the primary impact? 
 

B, 2.  What are FORMAL design reasons for the primary visual impact?  What are the main formal causes of this effect(s)?  How do lines, shapes, tones, volumes, textures, patterns, sizes, and their interactions effect the viewer's response?  What about the relationships, repetitions, and placements of the elements? Analyze cause and effect.  How? Why?
 
 
 

C, 1.   WHY?  Speculate about the intentions of the photographer.  Why would this photo be made?  How would it be used?
 

C, 2.  Why do you think so?  What is it about the photo that gives this idea?  Site the evidence.
 

D. CREATIVITY?
What do you see as the most innovative and creative aspects of the photo?
 

E.  MEANING?
Interpret meanings and symbolism you can speculate about. 

F. TECHNIQUE?
1.  What are your questions about the light quality?  (Light direction and quality--not exposure)
 

2. What are your questions about camera angle?
 

3.   What are your questions about framing and cropping?  Explain.
 

4.  What are your questions about depth of field and focus?
 

5.  What are your questions about contrast?
 

6.  What are your comments or questions about print tone?  (Would you print lighter or darker)
 

7.  What are your comments or questions about the need to burn in or dodge parts?
 

8.  What are your questions about blemishes (stains, dust, etc.)?

9.  What are your questions about mounting and presentation?

10.  Any other comment or question? 

  Marvin Bartel, 2000.  Teachers may print a copies for classroom use if these two lines are included.  Others may request permission by Contacting marvinpb@goshen.edu    Back to Goshen College Photography