Photo Critique: Animals, Landscapes and Portraits

For this, our first mega member’s photo critique, Karl viewed more than 250 of our members’ pictures, giving feedback on each and every one.

During this marathon show, Karl explored the visual and emotive response to an image, explained the importance of a clear narrative and showed the powerful influence of composition, color and light.

Offering his thoughts on each image, Karl also shared possible improvements that could be made to an image and demonstrated a number of useful post-production techniques that could be used to enhance a picture.

If you enjoy this, check out Photo Critique: Products 1.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Dear Karl,

    I would just like to add my thanks to you and your team for the marathon critique the other day.

    You asked for comments, so I would like to add my thoughts.

    Your appraisals have been illuminating to say the least, and the fact that the critique is available on ‘catch up’ means it is a resource that can be tapped into anytime. I have been running through the critique a second time and have picked up on a number of tips and hints. Whoever knew about Hogarth curves?

    No doubt many of us are absorbing your comments and kicking ourselves for missing some obvious points that you have immediately spotted, with thoughts of “How the hell did I miss that – its so obvious now you have it pointed out”.

    At least that was my reaction and just what was needed.

    Being able to see a demonstration of possible changes that could be made to an images, in real time, made the exercise even more useful than just a few comments.

    I have heard it said that if you put an image in front of 100 judges then you will get 110 opinions, and with that in mind, there were a few images that I thought were extremely good, but which didn’t seem to meet with your ideas of a good narrative. I hope that those authors understand that critiques can be extremely subjective in matters of interpretation and that they should not be discouraged. I can’t fault your technical expertise though!

    One of the things I thought was missing from each critique was the title or description of each image, as I felt that would have added to the narrative a great deal in some cases.

    It is not often one gets the chance to have a photo critiqued by a well respected professional, so many thanks for your valuable comments. A very worth while, if exhausting, exercise for you and your team.

    It was much appreciated.


  2. Hi Karl,

    This was an awesome session. It really helps to see you point of view when you look over these images. I’ve learned a lot from this critique. Hopefully I’ll remember this stuff when I’m out shooting.


  3. Hi Karl, Thanks for the comments on my image. The title of the shot is ‘Apocalypse Now’ which is of course a homage to the film. It is part of a series showing bunker mentality in modern life. So….the title is missing and it makes more sense when you see the others 🙂

  4. Wow Karl, thank you for the kind words and giving us this opportunity to have you critique our work. Keep up the great work and thank you for all the educational content you have made available to the masses. I’ve learned a lot from this site.

  5. Hi Karl and KTE-Team,

    thank you for all the work you have done. I really enjoyed watching you improving the images.

  6. Thanks for the feedback Karl and the team. I was a bit nervous but after hearing what you said about my picture I’m really happy. And Yes the blue colour is the company colour.

  7. Hi Guys, I just want to say a big thank you for sending in your work and also for your kind comments here. We’ll aim to do more of these critique shows in the future. Part 2 is also now ready to watch. All the best Karl.

  8. Awesome show yesterday!!! I was very pleased to hear what you had to say about my image. The editing was done after seeing your lightroom tutorials!! Thank you!!!

  9. Thanks so much for the feedback, I was a bit nervous about what I was going to hear but now feel so much better , thanks heaps again!!

  10. So excited to participate and have my photo critiqued by Karl, a great idol of mine. Keep up with the amazing job, learned a lot from all other photos.

  11. Hi Karl

    Thanks for a super show and great feedback on all the images. Love your raw honesty and spot on comments about the good points and the weaker points in our work. They are just what we need to improve our skills.

    Certainly learned a lot from you. Keep up the great work



  12. Hi Karl, thanks for your kind and helpful critique. I learned a lot yesterday particularly as Dave (above) said with the repetition of problems so one could see them as the pictures were presented. I remember a helpful piece on a photographer friend’s office wall: ” Remember, it’s what you do before you do what you need to do that will affect your success …… just before you press the shutter!”

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