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ScottCritiques ADMIN September 7, 2009
Welcome folks. Thanks for participating. Our goal here is to HELP. No flaming or personal attacks please. Let's make this a fun place. Sponsored by Outdoor Photo Gear -

Group Description

This is a place where images selected for critique at are posted after the audience decides what they would do to improve the image. All the images that are submitted here are subject to critique and alteration and remain the property of the original photographer.

Group Rules

Critique Criteria at Scott Critiques

Each photograph submitted and accepted for critique will be reviewed with the following factors in mind.

a. What is the composition & content?
b. Does the image have pop or impact?
c. Does the image offer good technical quality?
d. How effectively was the photo post-processed?
e. What sort of aesthetics/artistry is found in the photo?
f. What sort of Interpretation/mood does the photo elicit?
g. Is the photo salable or publishable?

If these criteria are not of interest to you, please don’t submit your images for critique.

The critique will include a list of good points in the photo, in order to help people identify what works. The critique will also include a list of places where the photo could be improved, so that people can identify what doesn’t work as well.

All critiques will be given without regard for what may or may not have been possible in the shot. For instance, if the critique says “You should have moved two steps to your left to eliminate a merge.” Then the response, “But there was a cliff two feet to my left!” won’t matter.

Critiques should never be given or received on a personal basis. An offer of information designed to help improve your photograph is not an indictment of you as a person. In other words, there’s nothing personal intended.

Sometimes it’s hard to hear that a photo which you’ve taken and fallen in love with might have flaws in someone else’s eyes. If you can separate yourself from your emotional attachment to the photo, you’ll have an opportunity to learn how to improve your photographs.

Lastly, remember that if you show the same photo to five professional photographers, there’s a chance you’ll get five different opinions. That’s why it’s important to know that all critiques are simply based on opinion. Try to take it in stride, and decide if the opinions ring true and what you can learn from them.

Since this is a critique site, your comments should be limited to critiquing the photos selected for the site. Any other discussion will be deleted.

Please be respectful of others. Personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please provide constructive criticism of the photos selected for critique. If your comments are designed to offend, hurt or attack people, those comments will be deleted.

Bourne Media Group reserves the right to edit or delete any comment that doesn’t meet these standards. Your submission of a comment constitutes your agreement with this policy.

Submit Images


We will critique one image each week. Each Monday we will post a new image for critique. Each Friday we will close the critique and then I will add my version sometime between Friday and Monday.

The pictures will be selected based on these criteria"

1. Finding pictures that need some help

2. Finding pictures that I think I can improve

3. Finding pictures that when selected, will provide both help to the photographer and the community at large

Send no more than two 72 dpi, sRGB, images that are 1024 pixels on the widest side. Any subject, (no nudes) B&W or color is fine. Be sure to apply the sRGB color space to your image before you send it if you want a good color match. Twice a week I will select an image, post it, and share my opinions as to how it could be improved.

Title your picture with your first initial and full last name (no spaces) i.e., sbourne.jpg. Add a discreet number to each image, i.e., sbourne1.jpg

I think you’ll learn more if you to send problem pictures. You learn from dissecting your failures. However due to popular demand from the audience, I will also critique great images and say why I think they work

I do not need, nor do I want any kind of description or explanation for your photo. I am merely going to suggest ways to improve it - regardless of the circumstances under which you made the image. If it’s already great, I’ll explain why. The point is to show you how you can make better images, not explain why you couldn’t do so in any given situation.

My critiques will be blunt because everyone learns more that way. I will try to point out both good and bad in each photo, and tell you how I think it could be improved.

Failure to abide by these guidelines will guarantee that your image is not selected. Sorry-but there can be no exceptions. Please do not contact me to ask if I received your image, if it will be selected, or when it will appear on the show if selected. I simply don’t have time to respond to such requests. Watch the show and the blog to find out which images were selected and why.

Submit images to the Flickr group.

Your submission constitutes your approval for me to post your image for critique. You retain all copyrights to your images. I will not use them for any purpose other than to post on this blog for critique. Email bournemediagroup at with any questions. Be sure to put critique question in the subject line of your email. Due to the volume of email I receive, I cannot guarantee a response. Also, please, please, please do NOT e-mail me or contact me to see if I received your image or if I plan to critique it. I simply can’t spend time responding to such requests because if I did, it would literally be the only thing I did all day. I hope you can understand.

moderator – Ingo Meckmann –

HOW-TO – get critiques for your pictures:

You need a Flickr account and you can get one for free at – it will take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

Once you are setup, you’re only 3 easy steps away:

1. Upload your image to Flickr if it is not already there
2. Join the “Scott Critiques” group ->
3. Click the “Send To Group” link for the picture you want to add and choose the “Scott Critiques” group from the drop-down list

Keep in mind that there is an upload limit to the group of 2 photos per month and you won’t see your picture in the group pool unless it has been approved by the group admins – *A)

*1) We propose you permit access to the large version of your files (HowTo will follow). This will allow Scott and the community to provide better and more detailed feedback.

HOWTO – critique weekly photograph picked by Scott:
Each week or so, Scott will pick one picture from the group pool and post it on this blog. He will then create a new thread in the Flickr group discussion forum ( to which you can add your critique and post altered versions before Scott closes the thread to add his final comments and upload his version.

If you want to provide feedback to the weekly pick, you just follow following steps:

1. Download the picture from Flickr – detailed description will follow
2. Run it through your post-processing tools/procedures on your computer
3. Join the “Scott Critiques” group ->
4. Add your comment to the active group discussion at and embed your altered version by clicking the “All Sizes” link of your picture page and copy and paste the listed HTML code to your reply.

Do not add your processed version to the group pool. The pool is only used to request critique for a picture.

*2) After Scott closes the weekly thread, he will not only add his comments and altered version of the image but will also name the PPP (Post Processed Picture) of the week.

If you don’t want visitors of your photo-stream to find such a third-party picture in your account, simply mark it as ‘Private’. It will not be listed on your Flickr page but group members visiting the critique thread will still be able to see the embedded version in your comment.

We believe that these new functions will add to the interactivity of our site and get YOU – whether you request critique for your image or provide critique to an image – a better experience and the chance to get involved even more.

Scott Bourne

Bourne Media Group
P.O. Box 1114
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 1 thing to the pool each week.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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