PHOTOGRAPHERS. If you want your photography portfolio critiqued by an expert, you don’t have to travel to a photography conference to have it done. Eyeist, a Los Angeles-based creative consortium, has developed a Web-based photography review service that gives photographers around the world direct access to more than 50 world- class experts including photographers, art buyers, picture editors, and museum curators.
These influential photo-industry professionals will provide expert feedback and career guidance to photographers at all levels and in all locales. In addition to eliminating travel costs, Eyeist makes the portfolio-review process available 365 days a year.
The Eyeist interface allows live collaborations between photographers and reviewers utilizing only a web browser. To access the service, you don’t need to download or install any additional software.
The Eyeist Portfolio Review is the brainchild of three photo industry specialists: photo-industry consultant Allegra Wilde, and professional photographers Micah and Jesse Diamond. The lead developer is Doug Dawirs.
“It was very important for us to replicate the satisfaction of the in-person photography review when we developed our service,” said Wilde. “We are accessible, affordable and convenient, and our doors are always open to any visual artist regardless of experience or skill level.”
“The reviewers at Eyeist have been hand-picked for their level of experience and accomplishment within the photography world, and their ability to give our clients a thoughtful and constructive critique.” explained Wilde.
Registration and image uploading is free. Prices for Eyeist reviews range from $100 to $350, depending on the package you select. If you choose a basic review package ($100), the reviewer will send you a recorded oral critique of your work. You can schedule a 20-minute live critique session using Eyeist’s innovative workspace for $200.
If you are working on a portfolio, book, or gallery show, schedule an editing or editing/sequencing review package. The reviewer will work with you to edit your collection and sequence the final images to provide strongest presentation of your work.
You can select a specific reviewer or be automatically matched with a reviewer based on your needs or type of image collection. The average turnaround time for a review is less than 72 hours.
While all reviews conducted through Eyeist are completely private, a special Reviewers’ Choice Gallery highlights images reviewers deem to be exceptional. These images are posted for public viewing with the consent of the photographer.
“We have seen plenty of public forums that comment on photography, but this is the first time that experts have been given their own platform to share their opinions on what they are seeing—and liking—all in one place,” says Wilde.