Introducing the QSAR

Using the “What’s Wrong With These Pictures” series I have been introducing some of the basic criteria for judging the quality of bird photographs.  This was done in anticipation of sharing a series of articles designed to help bird photographers create better photographs.  Next Monday I will share the first article which gives an overview of the project, then each Friday I will share more details about how to create better bird photographs.

At the heart of the project is the Bird Photograph Quality Self-Assessment Rubric or QSAR.  As this catchy name states, the QSAR is a rubric, which is a set of criteria defining various Image Characteristics of a photograph.  The QSAR identifies five Image Characteristics: Technical Quality, Composition of the Photograph, Artistic Quality of the Photograph, Impact on the Audience, and The Bird in its Environment.

The QSAR also defines four types of bird photograph, which vary by quality.  The upcoming articles use bird photographs on to illustrate each Image Characteristic within the four types of bird photograph.  So even if you are not into taking bird photographs you will still see lots of pictures and learn how to judge the quality of them.

I hope you will learn more about what it takes to make a GreatBirdPic and hope that you will give me feedback as you read the articles.  Have a great weekend.

Stay Safe.  Go Birding.  Take Pics.  Share Here.  Repeat.


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