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Programs: “Self Critiquing & Developing Your Style” by Alan Sislen

April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Alan Silen Bio


As photographers, we often find ourselves in the role of self-critiquer and evaluator. It’s clearly a case of learning by doing, but there are many skills and techniques that can help us become better self-critiquers and evaluators of our own images, and ultimately, we will even become better photographers.

Frequently you find yourself in situations where you will be evaluating and self-critiquing your images – making choices of images to submit to a competition or an exhibit; editing down hundreds, or even thousands of images after a successful photo excursion or workshop; deciding which of your recent “favorites” are worth taking the extensive time and effort to thoroughly edit and print; deciding which of your images to include in the galleries on your website, on Facebook, or on Instagram.
Image evaluation and self-critiquing are intertwined and challenging, but it is a topic rarely discussed. We can become better at this unique skill with awareness and practice! Once you’ve narrowed down your selection to a “reasonable number,” you’ll want to use those same skills to objectively evaluate each image for processing so that you are not just randomly trying different edits, hoping you will end up with the ideal image? How do you look at your “raw” material to decide if the image has the potential, with thoughtful processing, to be the image you imagined? For image processing, honing your skills of evaluation and self-critiquing are critical and will save you hours and hours of time.
This presentation will be filled with dozens and dozens of real images, evaluations, and decisions. Alan will lead you through his process and the techniques he uses to make this critically important, but rarely discussed part of the photographic workflow come alive.