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Photo Challenge Voting & Critique: Be Inclusive

Choose one of these images to write a 300 word critique on.

In your critique, please discuss the following points. Answer in complete sentences in paragraph form.

Composition.How does the composition in the image support the idea of being more inclusive in the photograph? How does the composition reflect alienation? Does the composition make the viewer feel anything? Is the composition in telling the story the photographer is trying to tell? How could the angle of the photograph, and framing of the photograph do a better job of telling the story?

Principle of Art: Contrast

Is there a contrast between the person being excluded and the rest of the people in this photograph? How does the photographer use contrast to tell their story?
Are the two different looks different enough that you can tell the differences between the two? How could the photographer increase the contrast in this image?

Focus: Does the photographer use focus in an effective way to tell the story of someone who is being excluded? How could the photographer use focus to tell the story? Is the subject of the image in focus or blurred out? Is the focus just a little bit off or is the image totally sharp? How could the photographer fix the focus? Is the correct part of the image in focus? What is the subject of the photograph? Is the subject in focus or blurry? If it’s blurry, where is the focus on? How could the photographer fix the focus? Or do they need to re-shoot the image?

Lighting. Does the photographer use different lighting to show someone feeling excluded? How could the photographer use lighting for this purpose? Does the photographer attempt to alter the kind of light or the amount of light coming into the camera? Or is natural light used? If natural light is used, is it used in a way that matches the subject matter(s) of the photograph? Does the lighting appear to be altered by Photoshop, or is the light the same as when it came straight out of the camera? Is light used at all to create drama or tension within the image? How could the photographer alter the lighting to match the moods of the two different ideas contained in this photograph?

Photoshop. Did the photographer use Photoshop to tell the story? How could they use more photoshop so that the viewer walks away with the exact story the photographer intended? Does the image look like something that could come out of the camera, or is there too much Photoshop. Does the brightness and contrast fit the mood(s) of the photograph? How could the contrast or look of the image be improved so that it matches the mood of the photograph?

Overall: Does the image try to tell you a story about someone feeling excluded? Or is the image just taken to fulfill the requirements of the assignment? What mood(s) or feeling(s) is created when you look at this photograph? Is there a person in this image interacting with the two ideas or concepts in the photograph? Is there a struggle going on within this photograph? How could the story contain a conflict? How could this image present more ideas?

Please write complete answers for all of the above questions. Don’t tell me the questions, just give me the answers, in 300 words or more, and fully explain your thinking.

Write your critique in Word or Google Docs.Check for grammar and spelling. Read it aloud to yourself.
Step 2: Copy and paste the text to the individual photo in the photo gallery. Post the text as a comment to the photo.