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Friday Photo Critique is our weekly community project, where we publish a photograph submitted by one of our wonderful readers, then ask you all to offer constructive feedback on the image. It’s a great way to learn more about photography, express your viewpoint, and have your own image critiqued!

Quick Ground Rules

  1. Play nice! We’ve deliberately chosen photographs that aren’t perfect, so please be constructive with any criticism.
  2. Feel free to offer any type of advice – composition, lighting, post-processing etc.
  3. You can also link to photographs that you feel offer a great example of this type of image shot exceptionally well.

Without further ado, here is this week’s candidate for Friday Photo Critique!

The Photograph

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Photo Details & Inspiration

  • Canon 550D
  • 1/80
  • f/1.8
  • EF 50mm 1.8 II
  • ISO 400
  • Auto white balance
  • Aperture priority mode

I really love this picture. It was taken in the zoo in Stuttgart, Germany. I staring fascinated at the gorillas, when suddenly an old man grabs me by the arm the tells me that I should take a picture of these two gorillas. I just had time to aim the camera at them and focus, nothing more. I was pretty impressed by the photo. I wanted to thank the old man for warning me about it, but he was already gone.

Photographer: Joao Vinicius Budney

Please let us know what you think in the comments – how would you have approached the scene or taken the photo differently? A massive thank you to everyone who commented last week.

The most constructive and helpful comments will be featured on the site. Interested in submitting your own photo? You can do so here!


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