Visual Photo Critique: Jack and Jill Meet Lightroom

After Lightroom Edit

Before Lightroom Edit After Lightroom Edit

Visual Photo Critique is a series where I mercilessly critique, mark-up and edit reader submitted photos. Aside from boosting my ego, hopefully these critiques also help you know how to refine your own photographs better. To have your photo featured in Photo Critique, submit it here.
Jack and Jill Travel

Jack and Jill

Today’s Photo Critique picture is from Jack and Jill. After selling everything, quitting, their jobs and settings out, these two have been traveling around the world and blogging the whole way. Prepare to be entertained by clever writing as well as stunning photos if you visit their killer travel blog. This shot is STOOC (straight out of camera… it’s not an official meme yet, but I’m working on it). Jack and/or Jill could likely edit this photo themselves in Photoshop or Lightroom but have graciously allowed me to take a crack at it instead.

Overall the shot is pretty awesome and there isn’t a whole lot to critique. I especially appreciate how level it is. You can tell because the window frame is parallel to the edge of the picture. Nice work! Also, the subject doesn’t look posed or fake. There are a few improvements to be made, however, so let’s dig in.

What I Like

  • The girl is a friendly and compelling subject
  • Colors and textures aplenty
  • Composition is nice and even includes the couple through the window


  • Underexposed, especially on the girl’s face
  • Colors and textures could be more vibrant
  • Details could be sharper

The Mark-Up

Photo Critique Mark-up

Lightroom Edits


(Slide the slider to compare the before/after shots. Best viewed in Firefox.)
[beforeafter]Before Lightroom Edit After Lightroom Edit[/beforeafter]

And don’t forget to visit Jack and Jill’s travel blog, Jack and Jill Travel the World!

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6 Responses to Visual Photo Critique: Jack and Jill Meet Lightroom

  1. jill February 24, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    Thanks for this – glad to be able to participate! I like the additional brightness and contrast u brought out to the dress.

    • Andrew February 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Glad you like it! Thanks for letting me edit your photo 🙂
      Actually, I had to dial down the saturation on the dress since it was really bright and stole attention.

  2. Kris Koeller February 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Nicely done. Subtle, but effective.

  3. Paula February 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Your really amazing..i like this kind of idea..thanks for sharing this to us..

  4. Aldreda February 16, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Wow! I think this kind of application will bring a kind of beautiful kind in every captured image. How I wish It will take a new development.

    • Andrew February 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      I hope it helped. Thanks for the comment Aldreda. 🙂

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