Online Critiquing (Part 2)

6/27/2012 11:33:23 AM

Preparing for the Web

Description: Preparing for the Web

Preparing your images for the web is important so that they look the best they can on screen. Here are some simple tips to remember before you upload your shots.

Colour space

Most cameras shoot in Adobe RGB colour space, which is great for editing images and prints. However before you upload online, you will need to convert them to sRGB colour profile. This will help to prevent colours from appearing washed-out on screen

Image size

Just because you can put up a bug image file doesn’t mean that you should. Smaller images sizes will in fact help to protect your work from the possibility of being taken off the web without your permission. Just ensure they are large enough to show good quality and detail.


It’s always important to protect the work put online. However a great big watermark across an image can put people off and won’t be helpful if you want an honest review. Either use a smaller watermark or copyright protection software to prevent copies being taken off the web

Your opinions

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The only ‘real’ place to get an honest critique is by sharing images on forums. Comments like ‘cool’, or ‘beautiful’ are okay for a quick ego boost but they don’t do anything to help you grow as a photographer. The reason they are only ‘liking’ your images so they in return will receive a like back


There is a difference between ‘commenting’ on something, and giving a ‘critique’. Critiques should be longer and more useful written pieces of text. Hopefully pointing out the viewer’s opinions on the selected pieces of art and talking about colours, compositions etc.

Ric Hampton

I’m open to constructive criticism on my photos and always take it onboard in a positive way, but I don’t excuse bad manners and just downright rudeness. I don’t necessarily see good quick comments as being nothing more than ‘ego boosters’. There’s nothing wrong with seeing a great image and taking the time comment in this way. I’d rather someone left a ‘great pic’ comment then not take the time to leave anything at all.


On a forum some people actually take the time to provide useful feedback, trying to help. But of course it only helps if they recipient is willing to accept to critique. Let’s go not also forget that sometimes not receiving any comments can be a sign of how well your photo is received.

Portfolio reviews

Here are a selection of providers offering professional feedback

The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP)


Description: The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP)

The SWPP offers qualifications, which include an optional mentor me programme. Not only will you receive guidance on your work but also get support if you are planning to set up your own photographic business. Please visit the SWPP’s website for more information.

The British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP)


Description: The British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP)

The BIPP hold regular portfolio review days across the country. Offering pro-advice from trained advisors, you can get some great guidance on your work. Prices do vary depending on whether you’re a member or non-member. For more information, please visit the BIPP website.

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)


Description: The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)

The RPS offers recognized qualifications that members can work towards. You can attend regular advisory days around the country if you are considering to apply or want feedback on your work. Please check their website for more information on available dates.

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