before I kick off this module, let me set the scene and some ground rules for me. Image reviews are not about making judgments on other photographers work. There is no intention to say this image is good or this one's bad. Every critique sets out to answer a simple question. Does the photograph tell the story? The photographer wanted to tell. If it does, I'll explain how. And if it doesn't, I'll make suggestions about what I would change to get a closer match between image and intent. And remember, they're just ideas, and you may have a different view. So I encourage you to participate, give it your own thought and come up with your own suggestions. What comes out of sessions like these is always positive. So that said, Let's kick off with the very first image. So this is a portrait of a zebra. We have a loan face staring to camera saw an obvious main subject, and the herd provides context in a sense of place. It's a good observation and important. I think there's only one pair of eyes...
visible. It makes it clear, unambiguous visual statement now technically well executed, well exposed and the focus point is in the right place on the I. Now, while there's an exception to every rule, focusing on the eye is one rule that should rarely be broken. We are visual creatures at heart. We communicate through eye contact, and so if the eyes are blurred, you lose that connection with the subject. Also, nice catch lights, which add life to what would otherwise be a bit of a black hole. Now there are some tweaks I would suggest, firstly, the positioning. Now the subject has been placed using the rule of thirds, but I don't think it works here. When the subject is placed on an intersection of the thirds lines, what we call the polar point, it forces the eye to radiate away from the subject in this instance, towards the bottom right corner, where we find the butt of another zebra. Because this is a portrait, really, we want the subject to hold our attention so I would go with a square crop to center the main subject. Then there's the obtrusive body of the zebra in the foreground, which is so imposing and it's acting as a barrier. Visually, you get to the broadside, and you're visually blocked from going beyond it now. A simple solution would be to reframe the image as part of the crop that would also have the advantage of getting rid of this distracting twig, which is a small point I know. But often it's the little details that can make or break an image. So here's my suggested crop, and I'm going to add one small post capture tweak, which is to add a dark vignette. Now this is going to help lead the eye into the center of the frame and hold it there on the subject before and after you decide.