One of the fastest ways to improve your artistic ability is to compete in your local, state, national, or international (WPPI) Print Competitions. Most of these competitions are based on the Professional Photographers of America Rules & Criteria, the elements judges look for in a merit print (a score of 80 or higher out of 100). I've been very fortunate over the years to have done well in these print competitions. There is definitely a learning curve to discovering just what the "judges" are looking for in a print. Each judge always has a different opinion and his or her own set of unpublished rules. Print competitions can be extremely frustrating because of these "so called" rules and the subjective nature of the judging.
Print Critique for: mathis, Roger
1 HUGE impact right off the bat
2 Great placement in the lower left
3 Very dramatic lighting
4 I like the subtle seperation light on the shoulders, well done
5 I wish I created this image Roger, awesome job! I would score this in the 90's! Monthly Mentor Members- Go the member's only are for a more in-depth analysis!
My experience not only as a print competition winner but also a judge, gives me the knowledge and ability to mentor photographers and prepare them...sometimes I get really lucky!
This is a monthly benefit for all Silver, Gold, and Platinum Members
. In fact, Gold and Platinum Members can even send in prints for Bruce to personally critique, complete with an after action report and correction/cropping marks on their image! Check out our Monthly Mentor page for more benefits and how to join!
View Archived Critiques