Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the philosophy behind self-critique, part of Photo Editing: Choosing Your Best Shots.
- As a photography teacher and workshop leader helping thousands of students over the years, I know how valuable a well-articulated critique can be. We learn, not just by hearing about our own images, but from seeing other photographers' work and learning from their process. I know that photography, like all art, is subjective. There's no one way to do things, or one selection process. But I've also found that, though art is not a democracy, often the strongest images rise to the top and the majority are in agreement. Editing is an art, not science, but it's a learnt skill which develops over time.
Throughout this course, I'll help you develop your critical thinking and selection skills, ultimately boosting your confidence in making the right decisions. But I know that picture selection does have its limits. One of the biggest challenges for us is the idea that along with the metadata that attaches to your digital file, there's emotional metadata that sticks in your memory as you view the images, making it sometimes hard to be as objective as you want to be. You can see things in the images that weren't there, but are in your memory.
We're often just too close to the work. At some point, no matter how experienced you are, you're going to need some help. And this is where I come in. Though I'll be talking about my photography in this course, I'm always mindful of you and will finesse my comments toward practical information that you can use and apply to your own work to make it stronger. So let's get to it.