One of the most important pillars of learning anything in life is true and sincere feedback. Sooner or later, if you really want to grow as a photographer, you will need to develop a very critical eye for your own work. Better still, you will need to look for the constructive criticism of relevant individuals. It should be constructive, because there is nothing worse than being demolished with poor arguments which focus on killing your confidence, so important when we begin any creative endeavour. It should, however, be "criticism", since no pleasant soft lies coming from your family and friends will ever make a difference to your photography. And it should come from a relevant individual, someone who has something to say, someone whose work you like, someone who becomes a source of inspiration for your own work and someone you can trust.
We believe that there are no bad or good photographs, just meaningful or meaningless photographs. With our students, we do not try to impose our way of seeing the world which would be opposite to that practised by a good teacher. Each of us is unique and sees the world in a very personal way. What we intend is to help you find your ‘inner' you. As Khalik Gibran said, "The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind".
Following many requests, we are very glad to offer Portfolio Reviews from Rafael Rojas. These portfolio reviews will cater for photographers of all levels, shooting film or digital, in the fields of fine art, nature and landscape photography who wish to further develop their photography and creative expression.
Our students are asked to send us a selection of 10 photographs they would like reviewed, which are fairly representative of the entire body of work of the photographer. These photographs, ideally, should depict the personal style and vision of the photographer. After receipt of the photographs, Rafael will create a 1.5 hour video with screen-sharing where he will give you his true and constructive feedback about your work, dealing with aspects like the general vision or personal style perceived in the photographer, the use of light, composition, technical aspects, existence of common patterns in the photographs which unveil a certain personal way of seeing the world, post-processing, etc. The video will also focus on recommendations for the student to take his work to the next level and end with some conclusions. During these videos, Rafael may make use of Photoshop, Lightroom or Nik Silver Efex, in order to provide suggestions, offer compositional ideas or simply to illustrate some of the points discussed.
A few days after you have watched the video, Rafael Rojas will discuss any doubts or questions you might have during 30 minutes via Skype. It will also be a great opportunity to discuss one-to-one with Rafael Rojas about your work.
As these portfolio reviews are totally personal, they can be in English, French or Spanish. Just ensure you choose your preferred language at the booking form when registering for a portfolio review.