Online Group Image Review
While we want everyone to stay safe during this time, we also want you to keep flexing your creative muscles! The April and May Image Reviews will be online via Zoom. Each session will be live with the instructor reviewing images as if you were taking the class at DCP.
Getting feedback on your photographs is a necessary part of growth for any photographer. If you’re just starting out you might want to know if you’re consistently exposing properly or get tips for more creative composition. And if you’ve been shooting for years and have amassed a wealth of photographs, professional feedback can help you stay on track for selecting your best work for competitions and shows.
This session is a way to have your images reviewed in a supportive group environment and to encourage discussion among photographers about their work. You’ll benefit not only from having your own photos looked at, but from viewing and learning to appreciate other people’s images that are both simpler and more complex. You’ll also learn or get more comfortable with thinking about images in some of the language of composition like color, structure, timing, energy, story telling, and space. This is also about just having fun looking at pictures!
How it works:
- If you are concerned about showing your photos to a group of people and getting feedback, don’t worry. Our instructors are kind and don’t believe that negative criticism helps anyone. Many clients have told us they get as much out of watching other people’s work being reviewed as they do when they get comments on their own photos.
- You’ll submit 10 images ahead of time via WeTransfer. (See the “Online Reviews” tab for more details about submitting).
- Based on the number of participants, the instructor will choose 5-7 of each person’s images to review. Each person will have a few minutes to tell the story of their pictures. Then the instructor will offer feedback and critique of the images, and the group will have a chance to comment.
- At the end of each person’s showing there will be an interactive tallying system to get a sense of which of your images everyone liked the most.
- Remaining time will be for open discussion.
- Cost per person is $45 early registration, $55 late registration. Register by April 30 to receive a 20% discount on all online classes. Use code DCPONLINE20 at checkout.
- Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
- Class starts promptly at 6:30pm and lasts no more than 2 hours.
- Advance registration and payment is required.
- Maximum number of students is 15.
How to submit your images
After registering for the workshop, submit your 10 images according to these guidelines:
- Images must be JPEG. Images should be at least 2000 pixels across the longest side.
- Filenames must contain your first and last name (johndoe-1.jpg, johndoe-2.jpg)
- Submit via WeTransfer. You don’t need an account or any login information, just add your files. Enter our email address email@example.com and enter your return email address. Hit Transfer and you’re all set!
Your images must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the class starts.
Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
A: Like in the classroom, the instructor will go through the images that were submitted and provide feedback and encouragement. Using Zoom, he will share his screen so that participants will see what image is being reviewed and be able to offer constructive critiques themselves.
Participants will need a microphone to be able to be heard in the Zoom session. Most computers have a built-in microphone already. You can also login to the review using your phone.
We encourage you to use a webcam to join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged, even though we aren’t all in one place. It’s so much better to see your fellow photographers than just a list of names. Also, getting ready to show up for an online class like you’d get ready to drive to a classroom helps to break out of the isolation of social distancing.
Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.
Q: What if I don’t think my pictures are good enough for group review?
A: Even a beginner can benefit greatly from having their photos seen by other photographers. Critiques will be gentle and supportive, so don’t be scared to give this a try!
Q: Can I submit more than seven photos if I just can’t decide which are my five best?
A: No. Please submit only seven photos.
Q: How, what size, where do I submit my images?
A: All of that information is on the “Online Reviews” tab.
Q: Are all styles of photography welcomed?
A: Yes, with some obvious limits. If the subject includes nudity or potentially controversial subjects, please keep the diversity of the audience in mind when making your selections. The instructor will have final say over which images can be screened in the class.
Q: What about non-digital work like B&W silver or alternative processes?
A: We’d love to have these techniques included but this particular class will only be using digital projection. If you feel your work translates well to this type of presentation then come join us!
Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than 2 nights before the scheduled class date.
Q: What if I have to cancel an online class?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive 100% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.
Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.
He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.