What are some of your tips for critiquing photographs?
What are some of the obvious and not so obvious things you look for?
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The guide books talk about composition, focus, depth of field, tonal range and focus, but to me what is important is “does it make me want to go Wow?”
The biggest fault our camera club judges find with respect to beginner's photos is that they are not sharp enough. Beginners need to learn to do some post-process sharpening, particularly in wildlife or bird photos.
Not just beginners! Sharpness is, indeed, a problem, but I feel that too many images are over sharpened these days. Sharp where it should be and soft where it can be. Difficulty is in knowing just where the divining line should be.
Over sharpenening was never a "Problem", B&W Days! Ed.
Not sharp enough as in requiring some post processing.
My technique is to print the picture to A4 size and leave it lying around. When I see the picture when not actually thinking about photography I get a better reaction. Looking at the picture on a computer screen will make most pictures look a lot better than they are. That is mainly because computer screens are low resolution and that hides a lote of defects.