Analysing and Critiquing Your Photography

No matter how much you trust your own eye, it can be hard to tell if your work is up to scratch. But learning to analyse and critique your images is a crucial skill for any photographer interested in improving. Fortunately, these analytical and critical skills can be learned and practiced like any other. 

In this live photography workshop, now available to watch as a replay, Karl offers a host of useful tips and strategies for getting honest and accurate feedback on your work – both from yourself and others.

He also discusses the importance of finding benchmarks with which to compare your own images, and explains how to make sure your photography keeps improving so that you can eventually reach the very highest level you can.

Questions? Please ask them in the comments below.


  1. This presentation was spot on. My own recognition about my self hits on some of these points what Karl said…like have your friends view the photos of well known photography works and mix mine in…. Let them review….let them rank the work….but then I drop the ball after 3 people….which is hardly enough…. Then I lose focus……so, having heard the idea and the reason and why and how…..will help me place myself in my photography. I know also….my skill level has changed since I have joined your platform. I appreciate the charts Karl talks about in this presentation….I’ll be able to carry out a task in more organized methodical wall vs half a$$ way and then finding myself doing more post production……always believed in getting it mostly right in the camera…and less post production…because then the photo is soooooooo over processed…. Starting out on solid ground will end up on solid ground. Sorry for the rambling…but this was such valuable information…thank you Karl! We have to keep learning…. And stop accepting……. Love the diagrams!

  2. 1994 I interviewed with Elite Model Management, Beverly Hills, CA. Intention to show my fashion portfolio and begin working with their models. Was turned down, told my images were not fashion but more like portraits.
    Next day I went to Wilhelmina also in Beverly Hills, CA and interviewed with the very same fashion portfolio. When the interviewer saw an image of mine that is of one of their top models in NYC, the interviewer said that is Rosann. I replied yes. She said Rosann is very demanding, she will only work with the best photographers.
    Later back in my studio I had the change to show my fashion portfolio to a model scout that works with Elite Models. He said my portfolio is very good and he knows the woman I interviewed with, she is highly critical. His suggestion if I still want to work with Elite is on Friday about 5:00pm go to the local clubs in the area, that is often where the models and etc go after work…socialize, become friends and very likely I will be accepted. As things turned out I closed my studio and went back to aerospace engineering.
    Yesterday I met a woman that had been a fashion model for several years. No longer interested with fashion but loves being infant of a camera. Her and I will soon start some fun and see where it goes.

    1. Hi DCStudio, life is and the corners we turn and don’t turn is often very strange. As you said, a different day a different person and so many things could go in different directions. I too have had situations that I look back on career wise and often thing, ‘what would have happened if I hadn’t done that or did that instead’.

  3. Great talk Karl. The thought you and your team put into delivering such valuable insights into the world of photography are fantastic.

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