Lets start with the question ‘what makes a good photograph?’
Before we try to answer this important question we need to recognize the many different types of pictures that exist, ranging from pure documentation through to fine art and everything else in between.
However is there something that these pictures have in common?
Indeed and very much so….
Firstly, the composition or way in which the image is put together,
Secondly, the technical aspect or quality of the picture and
Thirdly, the creativity or impact of the photograph.
Lets look at each of these 3 components separately.
Here we need to first answer the question why are we taking this picture?
Unless we have a clear answer, how are we going to build the picture frame?
This is beyond the casual snapshot where luck plays a major role. Once the reason (and subject) is clear then the next step is to build the picture frame accordingly.
For further information read the article on composition.
Here perhaps the most important aspect is the understanding and use of light.
In addition, the correct use of aperture and shutter settings will provide the desired image quality.
For further information read the article on light.
This component is perhaps the most difficult to define as it is very much dependent on the person taking the picture.
Here the effectiveness of a clear message and / or alternatively the expression of feelings are directly related to the way the photographer experienced the specific moment .
The ways in which we can improve our photography are dependent on all three of the above components together with a knowledge of our equipment and its limitations.
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