Have you ever paid to have your portfolio reviewed? Many street photographers are even willing to put that next gear purchase on hold (*gasp) in order to have their work evaluated and critiqued by an experienced photographer at any number of street photography workshops and festivals. If you think about it, this really makes sense. Why purchase the latest, greatest camera if you could be making stand-out images with the gear you already own? (Bob talks about this issue in the article “Finding Love on the Trailing Edge of Technology” in the September issue of SPM.)
The real question is: Are you aware of what you need to work on? Do you know what your images are lacking? Is there a certain technique you could be using to dramatically improve your shots? Why are your strongest images strong? If you know the answers to these questions, you know how you can improve. The challenge is that sometimes you need an outsiders eye to really see the answers. Why is that the case? Sentimental value. Let’s face it, many of the shots we take are saturated in a certain feeling or memory we love and so we love the image. Heck, some of my favorite shots I’ve taken are certainly not some of my best shots. It’s because there’s a feeling attached to these images that no one else will feel because we didn’t share the experience. The point: sentiment can cloud your vision and blind you to the aspects of your photography that are outstanding and the aspects that still need some work. And this can impede your progress as a photographer.
That said, we are here to offer you the outsiders eye you need to take your photography to the next level. One of the features of our podcast is the Photo Evaluation Show. In it, we (Bob and I) take three of a photographer’s favorite images and offer up our honest feedback. Let me just clarify, Bob and I are not professional photographers. We are ourselves amateur street photographers, but we do edit this magazine, which means we spend a lot of time looking at and evaluating images to publish both on the blog and in the magazine itself.
If you aren’t ready to share your images, you can still learn a lot from other photographers’ strong points and mistakes. On the other hand, if you would like to have your street shots evaluated, we encourage you to get in touch. You can send three of your favorite images to Bob or myself at one of the following email addresses:
We don’t charge anything for these photo evaluation sessions and you don’t need any special equipment or experience to qualify. We believe they are an excellent way to help street photographers improve as individuals and as a community. Simply send us an email with your three favorite images with the subject line “Photo Evaluation Show Candidate.” We look forward to seeing your submissions!