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What Makes a Great Photo?
October 12, 2010

What Makes a Photo Work?

What makes the difference between any old snap and a really great photograph?

It’s not always possible to say what makes a photo ‘work’, but when you’re out there shooting it can sometimes help to think about the principles of photography composition.

Most of us became quite proficient, quite quickly at turning amazing subjects into incredibly dull photos!

The more pictures I take the more it seems everything has to come together all at once for an image to really work. A subject might look great as you stand there looking at it – but that’s not the same as looking at a photograph later on.

The whole thing has to be constructed, visualized:

"My last word is that it all depends on what you visualize." Ansel Adams

So when you’re on a shoot, ask what could be missing? In a landscape shot is the foreground you’re using really interesting enough? Is the sky unusual or striking enough, is the light doing anything for you?

In your candid shots is the emotional interest just recorded, or is it framed in an interesting composition?

“Only a fraction of the camera's possibilities interests me - the marvellous mixture of emotion and geometry, together in a single instant.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

Sometimes it can be just that one missing component that holds a picture back.

So when you’re trying to get the most out of a subject, ask yourself 'what's missing in this shot?' Then find it!

Photography Composition Tips

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Terraced Rice Field, China
How amazing is that!

Today's Quotable Quote...

'Unless a picture shocks, it is nothing.' Marcel Duchamp
More famous photography quotes

Look forward to seeing you at Photography Art Cafe! Remember, you can share you opinions on lots of subjects by filling in the forms on the relevent pages.

Best Regards,

Josh Austin

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