Category Archives for Photo Critiques

#take52 Weekly Photo Challenge-Critique Week 9 – Roots

This week the theme was Roots which could have many conations.  I’ve chosen this image below taken by Tommy Polnaszek

two little boys sitting on rocks and roots fishing in a river

Shutter Speed:1/2500



as it indeed said “Roots” in many ways.

Take a look at the video below to hear my brief critique.



Happy snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy


P.S. If you would like to join the #take52 Weekly Photo Challenge you can sign up anytime here and join in the fun!


#Take52 Critique Week 8 – Blue

Beautiful images again this week from all the challengers on Facebook.  It makes me so happy to “stalk” the page and overhear y’all chatting back and forth especially about how much this challenge has helped them become better photographers.

This week’s image is from challenge KelnSherry Fehr.

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Image States

Shutter Speed 1/1600

Aperture f/1.8

ISO 100

Here’s my critique:

If you’d like to join us in the #take52 Challenge you can find out all you need to know here.  We’d love to have you  🙂

Happy Snapping!


Take 52 Critique: Week 7 – Cherish


Week 7: Cherish

Image stats: Shutter Speed 1/500

Aperture: f/1.8

ISO: 500

This week’s image is courtesy of Olivia Geraci who beautifully captured a typical moment in the day in the life of a 2 year old.  Love this as I go through the same thing daily 🙂

Here is my critique of her work:

If you’d like to join the #take52 Challenge it’s never too late to jump in.  Sign up here to get access to the weekly emails and facebook group.

‘Til next week

Happy Snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Take 52 Critique – Week 6: Ancient

Boby Love Ancient

Photo Credit: Bobby Love

Canon 60d with 40mm prime lens
0.3 seconds
ISO 100
remote flash was set to about 1/32nd

This week’s image is an example of some wonderful photographic technique and perfect use of the theme Ancient.

The image is from challenger Bobby Love and you can follow along with the rest of Bobby’s work here.

Here’s the video with my critique:

If you would like to take part in the #take52 Challenge you can do so at any time.  Find out more information here.

’til next time

Happy snapping

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

Take 52 Weekly Photo Challenge – Critique

The #Take52 Weekly Photo Challenge has REALLY taken off this year and I am happy to report so many people are fully participating, uploading and sharing on the Facebook Group and commenting and critiquing other people’s images.

It’s been really difficult for me to keep up with the stream and comment on everyone’s so rather than discriminate, I’ve decided to take one image per week and do a little video critique here on the blog.  I’m doing these videos for my students enrolled in my online classes, anyways so one more doesn’t make much difference!

So we are beginning at Week 4: Creamy

The image below was submitted by Katie Hunter – Thanks Katie!

Week 4: Creamy – Mashed Potatoes by Katie Hunter

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Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec

Aperture: f/2.0

ISO: 200

Click on the video below to hear what I had to say!


If you would like to take part in the #Take52 Challenge you can jump in at any time and you can sign up here.

Happy snapping!

Ingrid Owens CameraShy


Experimenting with a Backwards lens

The theme for Week 1 “Revitalize” of the #Take52 challenge was decided a few weeks back when me and my hubby sat down over a an Irish coffee and some very dark looking beer in a wee bar down by the sea.  We knocked out the entire list of weekly photo themes that I intend using for this year’s challenge and input them all into a spreadsheet which I promptly forget about until each Monday morning when that week’s theme is announced.

I started this weekly photo challenge back in 2012 and intended it as a way to improve my photography each week.  It became something much, much bigger than me.  I found an amazing group of people online who wait anxiously each week to hear the theme and support and help out other budding photographers, giving them feedback on their work and advice on photography.  Sometimes in this online world, supportive communities which are open to the beginner are few and far between. EVERYONE’s a photographer these days….

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Anyways, as the months progressed I actually stopped submitting my images to the group and some weeks didn’t manage to shot any at all.  I didn’t mind though – it seemed less and less the point.  The Challenge wasn’t about me anymore and that was ok. That was AWESOME! I am constantly amazed by the wonderful points of view people from all over the world take from my prompts.  So many times I hear that life and my themes just seem to coincide to result in the most amazing photos.  And as you know, these themes were decided last December in a little bar by the sea…makes you wonder about the bigger plan that’s in store for us and how we are all connected….

So for Week 1 of #Take 52 Challenge 2014 (at least) I’m sharing my image:


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Bubbles Shot Backwards

Shutter Speed: 1/250

Aperture: Not Applicable as there was no lens mounted to the camera


Edited in Adobe Lightroom

Inspired by this article by on shooting through the wrong side of my 50mm f/1.8 and turning it into a Macro mode I found my interest in shooting for this challenged Revitalized. My subject was a glass of Perrier water which was also meant to revitalize me after a very successful dinner party the previous night…

I love that this image is out of focus and abstract and if I hadn’t told you how I’d done it you’d never guess! The article recommends an adapter for this technique but I just held the lens up to the camera body in reverse.  Very LOW TECH! And there you have it – always learning eh?

If you’d like to join the #Take52 Weekly Photo you can jump in anytime.  It’s a great way to improve your photography and join a wonderful group of likeminded individuals to boot!

You can sign up here for the Challenge

Happy Snapping

Ingrid Owens CameraShy

#Take52 New Weekly Photo Challenge for 2014

 Weekly Photo Callenge

Welcome to the New 2014 #Take52 Challenge.

As you may or may not know I’m a photography teacher and I teach in person here in Atlanta (and also online.)  As much as I love teaching photography theory and concepts it is all absolutely useless until you go out and PRACTICE your skills so I always encourage my students to shoot shoot shoot and assign them specific assignments to help them do just that.

I think I read somewhere that one needs at least 10,000 hours of practice to master any skill.  But it is hard to just head out and take pictures if you have no direction or purpose to your shoot.  So in 2012 I came up with the #take52 Challenge – a weekly photography challenge where I deliver a prompt to a group of eager amateur photographers so that they can use it as a theme for that week’s photograph.  They they can share it on a secret Facebook group to receive critique and comment on others’ work as well.

The Take 52 Challenge has been going strong now since 2012 and we’re getting ready to get going again. It’s proven to be a wonderful way to improve your photography and connect with other like-minded photographers – something I hadn’t given any thought to when we first began.

If you have never taken part in a weekly photography challenge let me explain a little bit about how it works.

  • Sign up to the Challenge below to receive an email each Monday from me with that week’s theme.
  • When you sign up you will also receive a link which will direct you to the #Take52 Facebook group.  You will have to request to join and then I will approve your request (unless your a robot or a spammer – then’ll I’ll just ban you.
  • The Facebook group is where we will share our weekly images and comment and encourage each other with our photography.
  • I encourage you to take some time to think about the week’s theme and then off you go to capture an image which relates to that theme. If you like you can upload a image from your catalog but its preferable to shoot something new.
  • When your happy with your image, upload and share your image to the Facebook group stating the Theme: Title of your image, Image stats, if you know them (Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO) and one or two lines about the thought process behind your shot. This will help you get to know this stuff and others learn from your technique. (If you don’t know where to find your image information look for EXIF data in your editing program)
  • The objective of this Challenge is to help you improve your photography by actually PRACTICING photography.  It really doesn’t matter to me if you miss a week and have to play catch up as long as you are shooting, improving and learning a little too.
  • Please be kind to each other in the group – so far this group has been extremely supportive of one another and lets keep it that way.  No one in the group knows it all and this challenge is designed for people seeking to improve their skill, not experts.  If you think lens size, camera type or number of pixels are the most important thing, then you might want to join a different group.

Weekly Themes for the Take 52 Weekly Photo Challenge will be listed here so that you can catch up if you missed a week.

You can sign up for weekly updates of each theme here:

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2014 Themes will begin on 1/6/14 so get your batteries charged and get ready!

Hope you’ll join us!