Learn to edit & critique your own photos

One of the many sunsets we enjoyed during our honeymoon on the Big Island. I learnt that flip flops are the worst things to wear whilst scrabbling over sharp lava rocks. Ouch! It's all worth it for the shot, isn't it? Canon 5DMK3 + 16-35mm f/2.8 + Circular Polarizer, 1.0s at f/14, ISO 100. Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-23 + BH-55 Pro, Remote Canon TC-80N3. Puako sunset, Canon 5DMK3+16-35mm, 1s at f/14, ISO 100.

I get a lot of emails from people asking me to critique their photos. I’m always happy to help guide new photographers in the right direction, but ultimately it’s up to you to learn how to critique your own photos. Photography is art and the judgement of art is relative.

Almost anyone can tell you whether a photograph is composed and exposed well, but does it capture a meaningful moment, does it say something about the world, does it present a new concept or change the way someone feels about a subject? It’s up to you to decide what your answers and and present them in your own personal photographic style.

Once you’ve decided on a style, don’t let anyone shake your vision. People will inevitably disagree with your style, say mean things about your photos, and tell you how your photos would be much better if you did things their way. I get feedback like this almost daily. Almost every photographer I know does. Unless someone I really respect gives me meaningful criticism, I ignore the noise.