Every meeting features a photo share by our members.  We typically have a theme for the photo share, but members are encouraged to submit two photos for sharing and critique regardless of the theme.  MPC believes in the power of constructive criticism; positive comments with the intent to help each other learn and shows our members how others view their images.  Positive constructive criticism can help each one of us grow as photographers.  Here are the MPC Keys to a Good Critique:

  • IMPACT Reigns Supreme!
  • Technical Considerations: Focus? Motion blur/camera shake? Proper exposure? Appropriate depth-of-field? Lighting? White balance? Appropriate color saturation?
  • Compositional Elements: Obvious subject? Appropriate orientation? Distracting elements? Straight horizon? Appropriate focal length, camera angle or perspective? Moving space? Appropriate crop?
  • Processing: Additional post-processing for improvement? Too much post-processing?
  • Unhelpful comments: “Wow”, “I like it”, “It’s nice”, “It’s beautiful”, “It works for me”, “I don’t like it”, “It’s ugly”, “I don’t get it”
  • Helpful Examples: “The subject is beautifully lit and color and tones look accurate.  However, I think a smaller aperture could have been used to achieve a larger depth-of-field to make all of the subject in focus.”


“You can clearly see the bird is the subject and the red coloring against the white background makes the bird stand out. I feel that cropping the image so the bird is off center and following the rule-of-thirds would strengthen this image.”

Not interested in critiques but still want to share your photos?  No problem!  You can still participate in our monthly photo share.  We’d love to see your images!


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