Critique :: Episode 01

March 10, 2009 | • Critique

I really tried to keep each critique to 5 minutes. “Tried” is the key word. This episode is 24 minutes long.

For Episode 01 here I went through the sites of Terrence, Mary Beth, and Nicolas. I’m not linking to their sites nor am I using their full name. I do this so google will not index their names and sites associated with this critique. This is a public critique though so hats off to all of you wanting critique. I hope that we all can learn from seeing the work of other photographers.

I’m going to try to get a few more done this week. For now though, I’m head deep in post production so it is back to work for me.

Let me know what you think of this first episode. Is it helpful? Critique my critique! 

If you would rather watch it on YouTube, you can do so here.

Cheers, Zack 

ETA – If you are a professional photographer or an aspiring pro photographer and you want to get on the ever growing list of work to critique please email your web site, blog, or flickr page to me > critique [@] zackarias [dot] com. Since ya’ll like this, I will be doing this on a regular basis.


  • Ed Z said on March 10, 2009

    I love it. I think your vidcast format is so much better than a “link to images and critique” type of thing.

    Even watching you talk about other peoples sites, I picked up a few little things that should re-evaluate/tweak in my own site/port.

  • Tak said on March 10, 2009

    Very entertaining & helpful Zack!

  • Glyn Dewis said on March 10, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    Love it!!! Even though you’re not critiquing my work at this stage, hearing you critique others is so incredibly helpful. Areas where others need guidance overlap into all our work I’m sure … mine certainly so listening to what you said has made me get to work on sorting out images in my portfolio.

    Really like the straight talking without the need for ‘spitting nails’ too :o)

    In short, love this. Great idea so BIG thanks,


  • Luis said on March 10, 2009


    Great honest feedback. I’m always weary of people knocking down my work just cause I’m barely starting out or just because they are ‘hating’. I’m gonna do a few more shoots and then I’ll send you my link for your critique. RIGHT NOW I’m in the moment that every time I click the shutter I’m making a better image than the one before, I don’t want to let that go right now.


  • Jonathan Reich said on March 10, 2009

    I love seeing what people like and what they don’t. You were able to point out things that I, do on a regular basis. I feel like I got a little critique from watching others.

    Thanks! Thanks for going out of the way to help others improve their work.

  • Carly said on March 10, 2009

    Zack- LOOOOVED this, thanks so much. It’s really interesting to see how the critique to other photographers can cross-over for me and my work as well.
    You’re the man-

  • Brandon Tompkins said on March 10, 2009

    Hi Zack,
    I love this idea. It makes photographers do what they should have been doing all along….such as look at other photographer’s work and learn. Good Job.. we will all benefit from this and become a stronger community.

  • Terrence said on March 10, 2009

    That was tough to watch but I’m glad I did. I have a lot farther to go than I thought, but that’s OK. I learned a helluva lot about my work in 5 minutes and am grateful for the critique.

    I love the video format and agree it blows away a written narrative. Excellent analysis and delivery.

  • WasabiNoise said on March 10, 2009

    I’m by the 6 minute and I think that it will be nice for me.
    Trying to not get in the same errors than other is a nice way to learn. Right now, I have a more specific photoblog but I want to make a portfolio website with my “name domain” I will take care about that… thank you Zack for share your knowledge with us, I appreciate it.

  • joseph tutlo said on March 10, 2009

    these are going to be a great help to a lot of people. so often we are unable to tell what separates our work and presentation from that of professionals and your doing a great job to point out some of the lesser obvious, yet common, flaws in the work of budding photographers.

    cheers to you zack. i have no doubt that this will come back to you ten fold in a karmic sense.

  • Ben said on March 10, 2009

    Thank you!

    I’ve learned quite a bit, just from watching these critiques. Can’t wait for the next ones.

  • matt s. said on March 10, 2009


    If I had to, I would gladly trade the knowledge I gained while earning my BFA for what I’ve learned from the OneLight stuff and your ctitiques.

    Seriously, that was a lot of wasted time sitting in art history classes compared to this.

  • Kevan Wallace said on March 10, 2009

    Great comments Zack! I know you probably already have more than want to do for free — but if not, sign me up!!! Love that you are very straight about everything.

  • Cat said on March 10, 2009

    Great job! Notes made and now I want to go fix my site/s, but I’m afraid that it could be one you’re working on. Maybe you could announce who you’re working on prior so that your notes match what you see when you go back for filming?

  • Stuart Allen said on March 10, 2009

    Awesome job, can’t wait for more!!!

    I know you weren’t trying to be funny, but some of the stuff you said was flat out funny. Great job inserting humor while still being professional.

  • jason said on March 10, 2009

    Ok first edit:

    Prune photos!

  • wes said on March 10, 2009

    this is awesome. entertaining, educational, slightly humurous.

    sign me up.

  • Brad said on March 10, 2009

    I dig it. Very entertaining, funny, accurate, and legitimate criticism.

    Now lay it on me.


  • Gary Chartier said on March 10, 2009

    That was awesome!!!!

  • Matt Ayers said on March 10, 2009


    Thanks for taking time out of your day to do critiques! Having just launched my website about 2 weeks ago, I found your video to be especially insightful; I’m already going to be making some changes based on your advice.

    Thanks again for your willingness to help others!


  • Justin said on March 10, 2009

    These are amazing Zack. You’re not critiquing 3 people, you’re critiquing thousands by sharing, and I hope to see more of these.

  • WasabiNoise said on March 10, 2009

    Amazing, I hope to see more too :) Thank you again!

  • zack said on March 10, 2009

    I’m glad you all are enjoying this. I am too!


  • Stacey D said on March 10, 2009

    What an excellent critique, Zack.

    Thank you for taking the time to do this, and to share with everyone like this.

    Also thanks to the 3 brave souls that put their site out there for the critique.

    I love that even tho you are going through at a quick pace, your thoughts + suggestions are not flippant or fluff.

    Excellent, can’t wait to see future installment.

  • zack said on March 10, 2009

    @Cat – You said…

    “Maybe you could announce who you’re working on prior so that your notes match what you see when you go back for filming?”

    Oh no! That would be let people clean house before guests were coming! I’m just randomly picking from the list and “dropping by.” :)


  • Ben Sassani said on March 10, 2009

    Great critique Zack. I don’t think its being too harsh or too soft. You said what you needed to be said and gave them great pointers to improve.

    Maybe after a couple of episodes, I’ll post mine up and put on my big boy pants for some honest critiquing.

    Ben Sassani

  • Matt said on March 10, 2009

    Wow this was really informative even though it’s not even my own website! Love the video critique, very cool stuff.

    Make sure when you’re ready to do another round on the blog to post it up so I can submit my own site, I’m curious! :0) Btw I’m a 10 on the crtique scale it hurts…but it’s worth it.

    Thanks Zack, Keep bringing the awesome every day!

  • Chad Pennington said on March 10, 2009

    Man O Man I can’t wait to hear about my site. Like I said yesterday, “I feel like I am in trouble” but for good reason.

    You Dude are one of the funniest guys next to Scott Kelby your humor is serious yet tactful.
    What if you sold a DVD with just critiques because I am sure others and certainly I have learned a ton by watching others getting their
    site looked at by you. It could be Big I know I would pay $100.00 Watching you do it in your style.

    I love what you and Meg have going on. It’s makes me love my wife even harder. THANKS SO MUCH

  • Earl said on March 10, 2009

    Great feedback and very useful for all of us watching. I caught some of my own mistakes and will be rethinking how I present my work and myself.

    Very nice job!

  • Colin said on March 10, 2009

    I’ll watch for as long as you make them!

    Only one thing, for lack of a better word, “bothered” me in watching it was the site design vs. photography critique. I know presentation is important for a portfolio and that feedback is good, but perhaps a video on portfolio design is in order that you could reference to (maybe after several critiques so you have some material) and make quick 5 second remarks after that so you don’t have to explain things each time. I guess I’d rather hear/watch your time spent on photography critique than thumbnails vs. full res pics, use of blog templates, web usability, etc. Maybe that would help get the time down to 5 minutes?

  • Melli said on March 10, 2009

    I am going to repeat what others have said. Even though it is not my own website you were analyzing, I learned a lot from your critiques. Keep up the good work.

  • Nicolas said on March 10, 2009

    Really interesting ! You told me how to focus my work (the portfolio in the third part of the video) and to be carefull with the weak images (and plenty of other things). I’ve learned a lot with that video and can’t wait for more !

    You said I’m from Sweden, this is wrong I’m from SWITZERLAND, this is not the same :-)

    THANKS Zack

  • Miriam Lovell Dyer said on March 10, 2009

    Great ideas- very VERY helpful. Thanks!

  • Ben said on March 10, 2009


    I just wanted to echo the voices above and say how informative and helpful this was. I’m sure that it’s a time suck for you but letting this go 25 minutes didn’t matter to me at all. Thanks.

  • zack said on March 10, 2009

    @Nicolas – Sweden. Switzerland. Aren’t they all the same? :) JK. Sorry for getting that wrong! I’ll take better notes next time!

    @Colin – SUPER advice! Thank you for that. Critique on the critique noted. Thanks.


  • SeanR said on March 10, 2009

    Excellent, more please.

  • scoutj said on March 10, 2009

    Love this. Thank you for taking the time to do it!

  • Chuck said on March 10, 2009

    That was great to see. Can’t wait for more because by just seeing and hearing your critiques it reminds me of things i need to work on.

  • Scotty Wade said on March 10, 2009

    awesome awesome awesome!! love it… thanks so much Zack~!

  • Alan said on March 10, 2009

    This is a great idea and nicely executed, I look forward to future episodes and I found it helpful.

    And since you asked, one minor nit on the video, I found the mouse movement, scrolling, dragging and clicking to be a bit too much, esp when watching on a larger monitor. Maybe tone that down a bit, be a little more deliberate in your pointing etc.


  • Christopher said on March 10, 2009

    I have always said that it is not the big things that help us improve, but the small changes that we can make. What I call 1% changes. As I sit here and try and figure out where I want to go, your insight is helpful and causes me to stop and think. Will I use it all, probably not. but little by little, if I can improve to have work that is striking, I will have found my way.

    Thanks for what you do.

  • M.D. Welch said on March 10, 2009

    Zack, this is the kind of info that I cannot get out of local photographers in my area. I show them photos and nothing but, “Yeah, good stuff.” Can we just submit some images on web page, my site is not ready for prime time.

  • Jakob said on March 10, 2009


    This is really helpful stuff. Thanks a lot for taking the time to critique. I learnt a lot from your format, and the fact that you critique both the web layout and the photos.


  • Gonçalo Cavaleiro said on March 10, 2009

    Hi Zack!

    I think it’s great of you to take time to help other photographers with this! I’ll be submitting my site as soon as it’s ready.

    I really think the vid thing is the way to go, and by this example, I think you can still make it shorter if you want. But overall, I liked the way you made this, and I agreed with your critiques, although judging my own work might be different…

    Keep it going! Thank you!

  • matt s. said on March 10, 2009


    What’s your opinion of having a “personal” section of your website that showcases strong images that don’t necessarily relate to business you’ll be getting but show your vision/creativity as a photographer?

  • Daniel said on March 10, 2009


    these 20mins spoke to me more then seeing the best of the best on flickr. Tnx for being honest in love 😉

    Daniel from Croatia

  • Antonio Correia said on March 10, 2009

    This is a very interesting approach to criticize the presented work of a photograph.
    Very concise, with clear sound.
    I hope to be able to read more as they come.

    Congratulations for the brilliant idea.

  • Kevin said on March 10, 2009

    How many people checked their iPhone when they heard the text message noise? This was very helpful. I am looking to redo my site and all the critiques help me to realize what should be in it and what should not. I think it will also help me to look at my photos and figure out what works and what does not. I also liked that we get a chance to see other photographers whose work we might not of seen otherwise. Thank you for taking the time and putting this together. I look forward to the next one. I also hope you get sponsors for these critiques.

  • cristina thornburg said on March 10, 2009

    You are a generous man, Zack! Thanks so much for sharing these critiques. Very helpful stuff and totally easy to watch/listen to.

    I also appreciated the critique including both the images and presentation since “image” is everything and the presentation is part of our brand.

    Keep up the good work! I’ll be watching for as long as you post!


  • Tom Marriage said on March 10, 2009


    It’s really amazing the amount of time you give to help other photographers.

    It is very helpful to listen to the critiques and then store that information away to be used in future shoots. Looking forward to more.


  • KC said on March 10, 2009


  • Stian said on March 10, 2009

    This is awesome stuff Zack! Thanks for taking the time to educate all of us. I never knew i could learn so much in just 24 minutes!


  • Catalina said on March 10, 2009

    goodness gracious my head is spinning!! that was awesome!

    there was such great information and as many have said, you were not just critiquing 3 websites but speaking to the photography community as a whole.

    I can honestly walk away from this video and already apply SEVERAL things right now to my soon-to-relaunch website as far as imagery.


  • Kjell said on March 10, 2009

    Some of the best critique I’ve seen in a while. You’re like my university professor who went over my papers with a fat red pen, striking things out that really didn’t add anything to what I had to say.

    Photography is a lot like writing, i.e., asking yourself what can be removed to make the overall presentation cleaner. You have a great way of explaining what should stay and what should not.

    Would love to hear you critique a wedding photographer’s portfolio.

    Thank you.

  • Eileen said on March 10, 2009

    I was hoping to see more critique on lighting, composition, posing…. technique in general. But this was really helpful in the areas that you covered. Thank you for taking the time to do this! You were so gracious (but honest and funny) in your critique. You’re so fun to listen to. Thanks again!


  • Steve said on March 10, 2009

    Great job, Zack.

    Now, I have to go to my site and start dumping pictures before you take a look.

    Learned a lot.

  • Eric Cote said on March 10, 2009

    Thanks Zack, I already took some notes of things to change on my website/portfolio. Really interesting (once again)

  • Ian said on March 10, 2009

    Brilliant! So informative and eye opening – thank you.

    I do wonder however how a photographer who doesn’t want to pigeon-hole himself into a particular category/genre (such as Perou) can organise his site, perhaps by having more than one site?

    I do now see that it is essential that the message your portfolio exudes is clear and precise. It can’t leave any question in the viewers mind what your specialty is, even if that means ditching perfectly good shots that don’t fit!

    Thanks again!

  • Bo Boswell said on March 10, 2009

    Wow, thanks so much for this Zack. I feel like you’ve critiqued my own portfolio because I’ve run into the same pitfalls that these other folks have.

    This has been really helpful, and am looking forward to seeing more!

  • PJ said on March 10, 2009

    Thanks Zack. I thought this first installment was great. It was very helpful to have the video. It made it so easy to understand and catch upon things that I know I would like to change already on my own site.

  • Yazan Abbas said on March 10, 2009

    I love this Zack. It’s so much fun learning from what other people do wrong!

  • Jason Grover said on March 10, 2009

    Very cool Zack. I’m only 10 minutes into it and already appreciate the time your putting into this. I so had to comment on what I was thinking right now. You have already provided some tips that will help me. Down fall is, now I want to go change my site HAHA. I am actually going to leave it as is though and hoping mine will e part of your critique.


  • Mark said on March 10, 2009

    Great critique, Zack.

    “You want to quit your job and do photography”. – I hope Terrence’s boss doesn’t see this. 😉

  • Rosie said on March 10, 2009

    I found myself in every single critique and I love it. Reality check through others work (sometimes) make you look @ your own weakness in a more productive way.
    Thx u, once again! R

  • Elisabeth said on March 10, 2009

    Nothing no one else hasn’t said, but this is great. Thank you so much!

  • Pete said on March 10, 2009


    Absolutely priceless for a beginner like myself. Please keep these types of posts going forever. I learn so much just listening to you talk about other peoples photography. Thank You!!!!!!

  • Dorothy said on March 10, 2009

    Thank you so much for this, very helpful.

  • Janine said on March 10, 2009

    …that was great Zack! Lots of very useful hints and tips on how to present our work to the world.

    Look forward to the next one :)

  • Bruce said on March 10, 2009

    Awesome. Your feedback is honest without being judgemental. It’s nice to see things through someone else’s eyes. I really appreciate the time you put into helping out the rest of us.

  • Amanda S said on March 10, 2009

    Very interesting! Can’t wait for more.

  • Cat Norman said on March 10, 2009

    Love the video – it’s not exactly what I expected but turns out to be so much better. I though you were just after a critique of work/images, but love that you talk about the functionality and continuity of each website as well as giving pointers on a few photos. So perfect, seeing from comments on your previous post that most of us really crave help with the business side of our businesses…

    And it looks like there’s another ‘Cat’ on here too – cool.

  • Mary Beth said on March 10, 2009

    Again, thank you. I really appreciated that you gave manageable steps to improvement. I’m excited about making some changes in my site presentation and in the technical aspects (i.e. focus and color) in shooting. Thanks for being willing to share your time, insight, and experience~

  • David Burke said on March 10, 2009

    well done! extremely insightful. i am staring at my pile of suck and starting to weed it. thanks.

  • deb schwedhelm said on March 10, 2009

    love your honesty. as i’ve said before, i think you’re fucking brilliant! not sure how i missed the submission for this…bummed that i did. thanks again for keeping things real and for your willingness to share with all of us.

  • Lewicka said on March 10, 2009

    ha! that was awesome! now i regret i haven’t sent mine website in for critique too!

    I think we are all going to learn a lot.

    what i would add maybe to your words, is that we all have to really start caring about usability of our websites, so far photographers do not do well on that.

  • TB said on March 10, 2009

    Thank you!
    I know this takes a ton of time, but it was like sitting with you and getting an honest critique of work-even if it wasn’t mine, I appreciate the insight.


  • Mike Jeide said on March 10, 2009

    Thanks Zack! It was very informative.

  • Dylan said on March 10, 2009

    Awesome work here, Zack! It’s great to hear some critique from someone who has already made it! Thanks!

  • Rob said on March 10, 2009

    I’m not aspiring to be any sort of Pro, but I love to critique and be critiqued (though not by you perhaps, I am not in the class of being critiqued by class critiques)

    Your points are on point and one has to smile. Harsh but fair analysis.

    Love it, I am back for more!!


  • Broderick said on March 10, 2009

    Wow! I learned a lot from this. I planned on submitting my photos for review and I realize I’ve got a lot to work on, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m actually surprised this was 24 minutes because it actually breezed right on by. Keep them comin’!

  • Marcus Maschwitz Photography said on March 10, 2009

    Love this. Been following your work for a while and apart from being a really inspiring photographer, I find it pleasing that you come across so humble and that you try to help other photographers. Sorry about your father, he is in a better place with no more suffering and pain. Keep up the good work, Marcus

  • Ryan said on March 10, 2009

    I enjoyed the hell out of this. More!

  • Tanya Plonka said on March 10, 2009

    I love the point about Flickr; it’s such an overlooked tool (I’m guilty of it myself) and GREAT for getting feedback from other photographers. I think the blog can sometimes be a good place to dump all those photos too, as long as you’re careful about what you throw in there.

    Exactly what I needed to hear about concert photography, and getting your target/message narrowed down. This is extremely helpful, and I look forward to the next installment! This gives me so many ideas on what I need to work on – even on topics you hadn’t mentioned in here.

  • Darren said on March 10, 2009

    Good work! It reminded me of being in crit 20 years ago. I am in the process of going live on my new site which was intended to showcase a new direction in my work. After watching the 1st and 3rd crit, I realized that my online book contains too many images not relating to my completely new emphasis. Its just out of place with the rest of the site. Now I must reconsider and restructure. Thanks for keeping me from an obvious but overlooked error.


  • Matthias said on March 10, 2009

    Hi Zack, really great reviews! Your comments are clear, simple and very constructive. Not the usual ‘I love it’. Your recommendations easy to implement not only in to the pages you review also other can benefit and transfer this to any photographic focused web page. Please continue this way… Thanks!

  • Craig Ferguson said on March 10, 2009

    This is great. I picked up a few things I need to check on my own site from this first critique. Keep it up.

  • Keith Slagerman said on March 10, 2009

    This is awesome! Thoroughly enjoyable and informative and thoughtful critiquing going on here. I wonder, how do you get in the queue for a critique??

  • Julia said on March 10, 2009

    Zack, This is such an enjoyable episode! I really enjoy listening to your comments. You’re a pro in front of the camera as well as behind it!

  • DB said on March 10, 2009

    Very enjoyable, I would love to see more.

  • James said on March 10, 2009

    Is the photo of the scary/freaky musician Dr John? He puts a human skull on his piano when he plays. Amazing blues.

    And your feedback was great. Like to see you do more – perhaps a weekly? Fingers crossed.

  • Tilman said on March 10, 2009

    Great initial critique! I like your honest opinion. This is very helpful. I’m looking forward to the next one.

  • George said on March 11, 2009

    Great stuff, this is very helpful. Can you critique my work, please, in this way I will learn more. Thank you,

  • Eli said on March 11, 2009

    Great stuff…. Thanks for taking the time to teach us and critique our work….

  • Max said on March 11, 2009

    Zack, I would say there’s a lot of good sense in your posts and your work.
    Thanks for that.

    The character you see with the guitar on the chair is Zucchero Fornaciari a very famous italian blues (as he says…) singer.

  • Stu said on March 11, 2009

    Really informative critique Zack, great stuff.

    Even though you were not looking at my own portfolio, it made me aware of HOW you look at a portfolio, and this I found very insightful, as im sure many others did. I was able to take away quite a lot from your critique and apply it to my own site which I assume is what you were trying to achieve with this.

    I have not seen anyone else doing this on the web and I think it’s an incredibly unique thing you are doing. I will be watching every critique you do for sure!



  • Christina Montemurro said on March 11, 2009

    Zack –

    Very helpful and entertaining (the fly on the kid’s face bugs you? I giggled.)

    I had the same thought as Colin in comment 30 – I would also prefer to hear more photography critique and less website critique. Some really brief website comments are helpful, but what I really want to hear from you is your wealth of photography knowledge. I thought you did this more with the third critique than the first two.

    Great work though – I hope you can find time to keep this going. You are doing such great things for eager learners – thank you so much for generously giving your time to help others.


  • Ian said on March 11, 2009

    Fantastic Zack. Extremely informative, honest, constructive critique. I’m really going to enjoy following these!

  • daniel said on March 11, 2009

    keep it coming! great

  • zack said on March 11, 2009

    I’m glad everyone is enjoying this. I’m uploading Episode 2 right now.


  • Ty Fischer said on March 11, 2009

    Really interesting to view. I feel anyone can take feedback from watching these critiques and apply it to their own work. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

  • Hoddo said on March 11, 2009

    Hi Zack

    Like you I dump a load of images onto flickr and so thought instead of looking at a website, perhaps you could offer some advice on my eclectic mixture of images on flickr.

    My preference is to shoot people but the flickr mixture really covers anything I find interesting.

    Again, thank you.


  • Sissel Byington said on March 11, 2009

    This was very interesting and helpful.
    I loved it. And just in the nick of time since I am going to begin building a website. Finally. Thank you.
    Also, just to let you know, I keep a quote from in my mind all the time when I don’t feel like I may be progressing fast enough. “Good things grow slowly”.
    This keeps me sane.

  • Dima Z said on March 11, 2009

    Awesome, priceless!!!

  • Eileen Davis said on March 11, 2009

    You are a very generous person for taking time to critique website. This was pack full of information even though it was not for my own site. Honestly and straight forward! Thanks!

  • Darryl said on March 11, 2009

    This critique stuff is great…

    Recently I had the good fortune of witnessing a photo shoot produced by a 30 year photography veteran.

    He noticed I had the same camera as he and later commented that people think that they can go out and get a digital camera an become photographers.. I thought about it awhile and it makes a lot of sense.

  • Dave said on March 11, 2009

    Great video Zack, although, I have no problem with it being as long as you need it to be. 24 minutes for one website would be just as good, (if not better), than 24 minutes for 3. Why the time constraints?…

    Love your work.

  • Mike C said on March 11, 2009

    Great critique, Zach. Made me go back and re-evaluate my portfolio site. I think I’ll submit in my current form to see if my notes and your notes match.

    Love the format.

  • carrie scruggs said on March 11, 2009

    I really LOVED this! Loved seeing your critiques, felt they were well done, told me a lot of what a site should say about the artist and makes me want to run off and check my own site! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jon said on March 11, 2009

    Hi Zack,

    I love this.
    I really like how you dive right in and don’t pull punches.
    Like others here, I saw a lot of my own mistakes without having my actual work critiqued.

    I am in favor of you critiquing the sites as well.
    It fits with your theory of a bad picture bringing down a good one.
    Great pictures with a bad website is really unfortunate.

    I also appreciate you keeping
    each down to five minutes.

    Keep up the good work!


  • Liss Sterling said on March 11, 2009

    fantastico, Zach…I learned so much in this exercise!

  • Jo Reynolds said on March 12, 2009

    Just chiming in with everyone else to say thank you for the amazing effort and generosity you are showing here. It doesn’t need to be your own site/work being critiqued to learn a lot.

    Personally I LOVE that you have included some web / design critique and I enjoyed all the mouse waggling and scrolling that someone complained about. Technical and design flaws with a website really impact on the content.

  • J'fer said on March 12, 2009


    Great feedback. Brutal but honest and sincere. More power to you and to the photogs that you’ve critiqued.

  • Sree said on March 12, 2009

    I enjoyed this. I found the critiques to be honest, yet kind. And it made me look at my own portfolio/website as well and now I need to restructure!

  • Stephan Cremer said on March 12, 2009

    well that’s cool, I enjoyed the show
    think I might try and be part of this in a year or two :)

  • Drew said on March 12, 2009

    I know alot of people are writing in, loving your critique, and i agree, it is VERY useful and very honest and i admire that. I’m not sure if anyone has wrote this in a comment i honestly don’t have time to read all 119 of them but as for your critique on the portrait section of Nicholas did you take into consideration that maybe they may not all fit together and flow but instead show different skills? I mean flow is important to some extent and you need to be consistent but also showing a variety of different skills either post production or lighting could land you the job as well. As for for the goats…who knows, maybe its extremely difficult to get a picture of those goats however i agree it should be dropped or atleast in a different section. anywho thats just my shpeel other then that i love this whole idea. and good work! some awesome feedback in there.

  • Eugene said on March 13, 2009

    Thanks Zack. I learned a lot from this video.

    You tell it like it is. I think you were honest about the critiques without coming across as too harsh. I will definitely will check out upcoming posts!

  • Shane LaFever said on March 13, 2009

    Greatest power cord ever.

  • Jerome T said on March 13, 2009

    That was great! I learned a great deal from your comments. Very thoughtful yet straight to the point…

  • Brent Clarke said on March 14, 2009

    How good was this?? Well I’m about ready to retool my entire website!! Thank you so much for the time and effort Zach. There is much to be said when others give back, it makes a difference. Thanks for giving back.

  • atldoc said on March 14, 2009

    Thanks Zack and a big thank you to the photographers that are stepping up and letting us all see their work. It’s a great help!

  • deny said on March 14, 2009

    Zacharias, new to your website, but I enjoy the critiques so far,
    Question: who said you have to do shorter critiques! I under stand the “but I digress” ….. however all the blather is educational.
    thx for all u dooo.

  • i.n.galbraith said on March 15, 2009

    i like that you said ‘old timey’

  • Richard said on March 29, 2009

    Honest to God, if I was any one of those photographers, I would thank you.

    Beautifully put.
    I learned quite a bit about my own port, and accepted some things I knew deep down but didn’t necessarily want to.

    I think this is such a constructive way for ANY photographer to gauge his/her work. An honest, STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS critique of other people’s collections.

    I heart U Zack…

  • Ali SHepherd said on April 7, 2009

    Critique please if you may…

  • Linda said on April 5, 2010

    WOW – a year late to find this page, can’t wait to get through all of them … echoing what others said I’m racing to my site now to find the weak images and chuck’em! Thank you for your time which you are “giving” to all of us …

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