The Snake Tips

Thinking Critically about Photographs

Critique 23


Very nostalgic image. I can visualize a couple old-timers sitting down to play some checkers. The image has a lot of potential.

  1. Too much border around the edges. It doesn't add anything, so crop it down.
  2. It's got a slight color cast to it. It needs to be a bit grungier.
  3. All the wood distracts you from looking at the board. This is really where your focus should be.

I cropped it down and added a little black and white with some contrast in Lightroom 4. Then shot it over to Nik Color Efex for a little tweaking. I added Tonal Contrast, Darken / Lighten Center, Brilliance / Warmth then Film Grain.