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June 2019 Program Meeting

June 14, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Focus Program Meeting – Presentation by Jeff Johnson on Critiques & Competitions

The goal of this Program will be to teach Focus members how to evaluate and select their best images for competitions. 

Critiques & Competitions – Why You Need to Consider Both for Your Photographic Growth

Over my career, I have found that having my work critiqued, receiving feedback and entering image competitions has helped me grow, tremendously, as a photographer. More than I can describe! I will share with you just how important these two very valuable tools can be and how to use them for your photography. I do realize that I am asking you to wear your heart on your sleeve and not get hurt…an awkward proposition…but, oh so rewarding!

There are two distinctive components to this program.
• The Critique
• Entering an Image into a Competition

The first component is how a photograph is critiqued…constructively and positively. Even though both aspects use similar principles to evaluate a photograph, the art of the critique itself is the delivery of one’s opinion of that image to the maker. I will share with you how a critique is positively and constructively delivered and I will teach you how to offer critiques yourself.

The second component is how an image is judged in a competition. A judge will look for proper use of compositional elements, presentation, impact and more.

These points of view are extremely useful when you are thinking about entering and preparing an image for a critique, competition, portfolio review, or a display opportunity.

These two individually different processes, critiques and competition, are quite often confused or used interchangeably. And what’s worse…both words usually strike fear in the heart of a photographer. The desired outcome from either process is constructive criticism.

I will strive to clarify both processes and ease your fears and concerns about these often viewed “horrendous words”, judge and critique. I hope to make critiques and competitions a positive experience for you. They can become very dependable tools in your photography toolbox. Really…it is possible!

Jeff Johnson is a Master Photographer, Artist, and Educator

Admittedly these are self-inflicted titles. However, I have earned the Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America and this can only be achieved with high quality imagery and an intense participation in the industry other than just being a photographer.

In my 40 years as a professional I have always been one to share exciting ideas and techniques. It only then makes sense that I offer consultations, programs and workshops which create a vehicle where I can share the knowledge I have accumulated over these rewarding years and hopefully educate photographers everywhere.


June 14, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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