Critique Groups

     With this new service, I am not only hoping to offer constructive criticism, creative ideas, and suggestions on how you can improve your photographs, but that you will be able to learn from and connect with other fellow nature photographers as well.

     In each session you will join several other photographers and share 3-5 of your own photos (depending on group size), which we will then review together over Zoom. I always like to start out by asking a few questions in order to have some context about the photo and understand your intentions behind it. I will then point out positive things that I notice about the subject matter, composition, and lighting, certain aspects of the scene that I don't feel are working, and suggestions for improvement. After my critique, other participants will be able to comment as well.

     The point of this service is so that you may learn, not only from seeing how I dissect your own photos, but the photos from other photographers as well, who may be shooting completely different styles of photography. The discussions will always be positive, uplifting, and most of all, inspiring. This is an environment where we can all feel comfortable to speak our minds, learn, and grow together.

  • "Dark Brilliance"
  • "Shimmer"
  • "Arcangel"
  • “Quintet"

     My vision is not only to host Critique Groups on my own, but also to regularly team up with different guest photographers for special sessions to offer an additional, unique point of view on your images. I am lucky enough to be friends with some of the greatest photographers in the industry, and I hope that I can create the opportunity for you to learn from them as well. 

     Payment is due at the time of signing up. The cost of each session may vary, depending on group size, guest instructors, etc. Due to limited availability and high demand, payments are non-refundable, please only sign up if you plan on attending. If you miss the session, you will still be sent a recording. 

     In order to let the discussions flow and progress naturally, all sessions will be left open-ended. I would allow at least 3-4 hours so that you can participate in most of the session, but every session will be recorded and sent out afterwards. Once you sign up, you will be emailed with instructions on how to prepare for your session.


Please do your best to sign up well in advance so I can have everyone's material ready to review.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming sessions that will be listed here, or sign up for my newsletter to be notified:

   

*Post-Processing Edition* w/ Alex Nail


Date: 1/14/2023

Time: 9AM MST

Cost: $199 USD

Group Size: 7

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For this session, we will not only make suggestions on how to improve your images, we will be demonstrating how to best execute them in Camera RAW & Photoshop as well.

Critique Group w/ Eric Bennett


Date: 1/21/2023

Time: 9AM MST

Cost: $99 USD

Group Size: 5

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"Fall Colors" w/ Eric Bennett & David Thompson


Date: 12/3/2022

Time: 9AM MST

Cost: $249 USD

Group Size: 7

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For this session, we will not only make suggestions on how to improve your images, we will be demonstrating how to best execute them in Camera RAW & Photoshop as well.



"I had the opportunity to attend two critique group sessions with Eric. The first was with Hans Strand and the second with William Neill. Both sessions were filled with excellent constructive feedback on how I could improve my images. Eric, Hans, and William pointed out things in my own work that I could improve upon to help elevate my photography. It was also an honor having my images reviewed by three amazingly talented photographers. They communicated clearly and positively without forcing their own vision for how they would have captured the image. Instead they focused on ways each of us could have improved the images we submitted and outlined some core photography principles to keep in mind when out in nature. I also found listening to the image critiques of the other participants' images equally helpful. I highly recommend Eric's critique sessions to anyone that is looking to improve their own photography. The sessions are packed full of useful information in an awesome casual virtual 'classroom'."


– Alfredo Mora


"Getting the chance to have my work reviewed by Eric and Hans Strand was inspiring and educational. They offered clear, tangible suggestions for how to improve my images that I could not only implement on the ones they reviewed, but all of my past and future images as well. Seeing them critique photos from all of the participants was also fascinating and gave us all a glimpse into how they each view art and photography uniquely. Opportunities to have work critiqued so honestly and expertly is quite rare so I'm very grateful to Eric and Hans' for giving us a space to learn. Eric also set's up the sessions to be positive and fun, which helps keep everyone engaged and getting the most from the time together. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in growing as a photographer, artist or both!"


– Alberto Rodriguez


"Eric and David Thompson's Critique Group session exceeded my expectations. The environment they created was relaxed, inclusive, and non-judgmental, which allowed me to really open up and learn from them as well as the other participants. Their feedback was well articulated and precise. Whether it was diving into concepts around in-field techniques, composition, vision, or post-processing, Eric and David's mastery was on full display. They not only gave useful advice but also took the time to explain the "why" behind their feedback. They were also incredibly patient and thoughtful in responding to our questions. On top of all this, the group format was especially helpful for two reasons. First, seeing other photographers' images and hearing Eric and David's critique allowed me to see things through a completely fresh perspective. Second, hearing the questions and input from others in the group also helped me think about things from different angles that I wouldn't have otherwise. I would highly recommend this group critique workshop for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level."


– Alex Jones


"The critique with Eric and Richard Martin was a huge benefit to my photography. It's prompted me to re-evaluate my images in a more considered way by giving me tools transferable to all of my image making. Besides technical improvements to your photography, you'll learn about how a carefully crafted image will convey a clear emotional message to your audience."


– Jason Pettit


"I've often been stuck in my own delusions thinking I was doing my best work only to discover down the road that there were things I could have done better had I simply asked others for honest advice. Online tutorials are great for information on how to do things, but receiving honest feedback is equally important for the growth process.


"Eric and David Thompson's Critique Group session was well worth the investment in my own growth as a landscape photographer. Not only was it helpful having my own images critiqued from two photographers I admire, I also found it very helpful to see other photographers' images critiqued. The beauty of a setting like this is that the collective of photos reviewed span across multiple locations and conditions as opposed to a critique amongst a group while in a workshop at a specific location where many of the attendees have similar subjects. I came away with pages of notes not only from the critique of my own images but also images from others in the group. Eric and David did an excellent job in pointing out what they loved about each image and also provided the honest truth about what could be done to improve them in the most constructive way possible. Some of the questions asked about each image will stick with me while I am both in the field composing as well as during the editing process.


"In my opinion, these groups are well worth the investment for anyone looking to either get out of a rut you feel you're in as well as for the photographer that thinks their work has arrived at perfection. There is something in these groups for everyone."


– Matt Redfern


“Photographers aspire to create images that connect with the viewer. It’s a never-ending journey to practice, experiment, and improve. The feedback through an image critique session with Eric Bennett and David Thompson is where I saw my photography blind spots in a supportive environment. It provided accelerated growth in me as an artist and motivation to go out and create more compelling photographs.”


– Chrissy Donadi


"The constructive feedback provided during Eric and Richard’s critique session has helped my growth as a photographer immensely. Receiving a video of the session afterward has allowed me to review and further absorb the suggestions I received as well the comments concerning other’s work. I will carry many of the suggestions and questions asked about my work with me the next time I head into the field."


– Doug Leclerc


"Great Critique Group session! Two of landscape photography's most talented and gifted artists, Eric Bennett and David Thompson each brought their best lessons to this mere mortal. From composition and light, to processing and color theory, I really feel like they took great care in assessing (constructively, of course) each image and asked all the right questions. Some really great pieces of wisdom that I had never heard before. It was wonderful learning how to better my own image (in the field with composition, and in the digital darkroom), but also learned a lot from looking at all the others' images and their critiques. Highly recommend attending the next critique session; it's absolutely worth every penny!"


– Barb Livieri


"Eric's Critique Groups are an excellent means of improving one's photographic skills by helping you see images through the eyes of a professional. The sessions provide a balance of impartial criticism and praise for what is well done, and most importantly, why. These sessions are a rare opportunity to discuss one-on-one the essential details of our art with a top professional. For those who are serious about seeking assistance in raising the level of their art, Eric's Critique Groups are an invaluable service."


– Bill Hill


"Eric’s Critique Group session, which we did with David Thompson, provided incredibly valuable insights into composition, color and even field techniques. It gave me better tools to tell a more compelling visual story. The critiques of the images of my cohort taught me more than my own images. It was an invaluable experience for an aspiring photographer."


– Jamel Bland


"Eric's Critique Group was fantastic. The opportunity to hear and discuss feedback from Eric as well as the other participants helped me to see my own images in a new perspective, and to think about new approaches in the field and at the computer."


– Greg Barsh


"I’m glad the critique group was recorded because WOW! So. Much. Information! I will definitely be rewatching it from time to time to pick up on things that I missed. I really appreciated being part of a group because it made for a much more dynamic session. Now to implement all that I learned!"


– Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero


"Again, a very valuable morning spent. How to get an image to best represent my intent at capture or at post processing is a never-ending learning experience for me. The format of the Critique Groups works very well for this. The ideas Eric and Alex Noriega have on how to minimize the detractors and bring out the elements that clarify one's intent is key to what I’m working on at this point in my photography."


– Craig Marvil


"Thanks very much to you and Hans Strand for an excellent session! It was well worth the time and cost. I learned a great deal regarding composition and editing choices from the critiques of my and the other participants’ work, and I am eager to apply the critiques of my photographs to making the suggested changes."


– Tom Tenenbaum


"My Critique Group session with Eric and Sarah Marino was thoughtful and opened my eyes to key areas for improvement not only in each individual image, but across the body of photos I submitted as well. I left with a clear plan of action to not only improve my work, but also sharpen and meet the artistic and creative intent I had originally envisioned with it.  By far one of the best critique sessions I've experienced to date."


– Bryan Scanlon


"It was a pleasure to sit through 4 hours listening to Eric Bennett and Richard Martin's Critique Group. They carried on a conversation with our group about improvements to our images that was more of a dialogue than a critique which I found to be very inclusive and relaxing. Their insightful ideas, on ways to see and apply form, color, composition and processing techniques, sparked a renewed challenge for me to slow down and truly perceive nature in a more selective and profound manner from capture through processing. Thank you, Eric and Richard, for a superb experience!"


– Teresa Barranco


"Having endured one-too-many photo club evaluation exercises over the years, I was modestly hoping for a 'corrective-experience' … thank you Eric…thank you Richard ..thank you to my 'zoom-mates' who made this session not only enjoyable but provided a dose of renewable energy, a new access to creative insights, and a gentle reminder of the power of a humble photograph."


– Bill Swirsky


"Many thanks for the Critique Group! It was one of the most informative sessions I’ve been to in a long time! I really appreciated seeing how different edits could enhance a scene and also the suggestions on how to set up a composition in the field. This is far more beneficial to me than sitting through hours of technical jargon! I look forward to joining another session in the future."


– Gayle Wood

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