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Raw Critique



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Rich Franco

Maitland, FL

United States

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About This Group

The purpose of this group is critique, pure and simple.

Courtesy and respect are required. Those being disrespectful, be it the person asking for critique or giving it, will be removed. There will be no warnings.

If you wish to have your an image critiqued please follow these instructions:
A. Try to critique a few images yourself first. This forum works only if those who request critiques also try to provide critiques. If you would like 10 people to respond to a critique request, try to respond to 10 critiques first. More or less. In other words, this is a give and take, not a take and take.
B. After you've read and done a few critiques, ask for a critique:
1. Go to group discussions.
2.Click on Post A New Topic Add a title to the name of your discussion (preferably the name of your art piece) and an image link (not an image upload) from your gallery to identify which piece is being submitted for evaluation.
When you ask for a critique, try to be specific with your request.
EXAMPLE: What do you do think of this composition? Do you think the colors work well together? Can you see a way for me to improve this image?
(Check previous threads for references)
3. Don't post more than one image in a discussion unless it's for comparison between two versions of the same image.
4. Wait for feedback. It varies in time and participation.
Feedback is honest. If it's a poorly done piece of work, people are going to say it. If it's well done, people will say it. This isn't a group for ego stroking, it's meant to improve work.

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5. If possible, let us know, which software programs you have for editing and what camera was used to create the image to be critiqued.
6.If taken with a Smart Phone, let us know the model,make.
7.When you upload an image for discussion, and you're satisfied with the suggestions and improvements, please upload the before and after to the Group images and they will be used as a 'featured image'.
8. Starting Feb. 1st,2014, Raw Critique will no longer post or accept images, unless they meet the following criteria:
A. They were uploaded and discussed on the discussion board.


B. You have not sold more than $500 on FAA, to date. This is of course, on the 'Honor System'but if abused, the member will be removed from the group. This is an attempt to, in a very small way, help market new and emerging artists. Sellers here, consistently selling, do not need this, but new artists do. Please do not abuse this. There is no way, or little opportunity to'police' this, so it's'Honor Among Artists' for now.
9.If you are new to or don't feel you have a good understanding of the Photoshop-like software programs out there,the Admin, Rich Franco, will accept RAW files(preferably) from our members, limit 1 week to start and I'll gladly take a shot at 'fixing' the image to my criteria. Once fixed, it will be posted to the group. for a 'Before and After' and the artist is welcomed, if the approve of my adjustments, to upload to their site, for sale. If there are things in your image that you would like, let me know,when you send me the image, if I can, I will try and make those changes. But, I'm not a 'wizard' by any stretch, and can only do the things that I do for my own images.
10. If an artist, uploads an image and for now, only photography, and would like a numerical rating based on my opinion,(1-10), let me know. I am not qualified to do so on paintings,drawings,etc.
11. Paintings. In the past, I have contributed a small amount to the discussion,concerning paintings,etc. and can only add advice, realtive to the image as a photograph,composition,lighting,etc., other than it's a poor copy,bad crop, which is apparent. I am asking other painters to join in and get more involved,particularly, with this medium.

The eventual success of this group, will be totally based on the involvement of ALL it's members, from new artists asking for suggestions and help, to'experienced(OLD, like me)' artists, offering advice and guidance, for the emerging artists, which we all were at some time.

And mostly, let's have fun and learn!

Thank you for your participation in the Raw Critique group. Again, please be sure to also visit other threads and offer your feedback to other artists. This group is about being helpful to each other, and I want to be sure that it remains a give and take...not become a take and take.

Thank you,

Rich Franco

Thanks to Angelina Vick, for getting this to be one of the best Groups around!

Featured Images

Ally White - Head Full

Head Full

Ally White

Wes and Dotty Weber - Down Low And Stealthy D4788

Down Low And Stealthy D4788

Wes and Dotty Weber

Mitch Shindelbower - Dramatic Sky Over Cave Rock

Dramatic Sky Over Cave Rock

Mitch Shindelbower

Radoslav Nedelchev - Colorful Background

Colorful Background

Radoslav Nedelchev

Broken Soldier - My Cat Mozart

My Cat Mozart

Broken Soldier

Wes and Dotty Weber - Successful Hunt D7663

Successful Hunt D7663

Wes and Dotty Weber

Wes and Dotty Weber - Snow Dancer D3152

Snow Dancer D3152

Wes and Dotty Weber

Mitch Shindelbower - Glow


Mitch Shindelbower

Sonya Wilson - Bubbles


Sonya Wilson

Maja Sokolowska - David Bowie

David Bowie

Maja Sokolowska

Wes and Dotty Weber - The Garden Of Delights D2978

The Garden Of Delights D2978

Wes and Dotty Weber

Victoria Sheridan -  Male


Victoria Sheridan

Phyllis Beiser - Three Part Harmony

Three Part Harmony

Phyllis Beiser

Radoslav Nedelchev - Abstract Dog

Abstract Dog

Radoslav Nedelchev

Wes and Dotty Weber - Puma D5229

Puma D5229

Wes and Dotty Weber

Jennifer Buerkle -  The Egg Washer

The Egg Washer

Jennifer Buerkle

Wes and Dotty Weber - Beauty Takes A Break D0717

Beauty Takes A Break D0717

Wes and Dotty Weber

Arnie Goldstein - Good To The Last Drop

Good To The Last Drop

Arnie Goldstein

Mitch Shindelbower - The Roots of Winter

The Roots of Winter

Mitch Shindelbower

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Somewhere Not Here

Jennifer Buerkle

Tina Wentworth - Hummingbird


Tina Wentworth

Jennifer Buerkle - Smoke Break

Smoke Break

Jennifer Buerkle

Wes and Dotty Weber - Yellowstone Solitude D7724

Yellowstone Solitude D7724

Wes and Dotty Weber

Jennifer Buerkle - After the Beach

After the Beach

Jennifer Buerkle

Wes and Dotty Weber - Winter Wolves D7298

Winter Wolves D7298

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Michael Volpicelli - Elephant


Michael Volpicelli

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Sotiris Filippou

Jacques Pierre Niemandt - Agony


Jacques Pierre Niemandt

Mitch Shindelbower - Winter Stream

Winter Stream

Mitch Shindelbower

Art by Ela - Red Flower

Red Flower

Art by Ela

Wes and Dotty Weber - Bighorns D0852

Bighorns D0852

Wes and Dotty Weber

Edward Paul - Subdrop


Edward Paul

Jennifer Buerkle - Little Zion Church

Little Zion Church

Jennifer Buerkle

Edward Paul - Midnight Stroll

Midnight Stroll

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Jennifer Buerkle - Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa

Jennifer Buerkle

Teresa Wegrzyn - Relax


Teresa Wegrzyn

Aron Kearney - Painted Sky

Painted Sky

Aron Kearney

Lee Piper - Country Life

Country Life

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Pablo Lopez - Atomium


Pablo Lopez

Jijo George - Petronas tower

Petronas tower

Jijo George

Jennifer Buerkle - Wonder


Jennifer Buerkle

Bill Swartwout - Black to the Fuchsia

Black to the Fuchsia

Bill Swartwout

Yorgo Bobolakis - Moonrise At Sunset

Moonrise At Sunset

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Tony Banos - Fuente Diana

Fuente Diana

Tony Banos

Arnie Goldstein - A Quiet Little Corner

A Quiet Little Corner

Arnie Goldstein

Julie Senf - Rustic Beauty

Rustic Beauty

Julie Senf

Maja Sokolowska - Rainy Chicago in oil

Rainy Chicago in oil

Maja Sokolowska

Glen Murray - Before and After

Before and After

Glen Murray

Michael  Volpicelli  - Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

Michael Volpicelli

Safir  Rifas - Him In The Shadow

Him In The Shadow

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Sotiris Filippou - Mystique


Sotiris Filippou

Kelly Jade King - Mister King

Mister King

Kelly Jade King

Safir  Rifas - Lilith


Safir Rifas

Pratyasha Nithin - Saraswati


Pratyasha Nithin

Dale Nelson - Flamingo Resting

Flamingo Resting

Dale Nelson

Paul Hilario - Ars Meretrix

Ars Meretrix

Paul Hilario

Mary Ellen Anderson - Cody - Western Gentleman

Cody - Western Gentleman

Mary Ellen Anderson

Melissa Bittinger - Sunset Tulips

Sunset Tulips

Melissa Bittinger

Billy  Griffis Jr - Heron on a Foggy Day

Heron on a Foggy Day

Billy Griffis Jr

Lee Piper - Morning Battle

Morning Battle

Lee Piper

Andrew Shoemaker - Inferno


Andrew Shoemaker

Arnie Goldstein - Friends


Arnie Goldstein

Safir  Rifas - Zara


Safir Rifas