What makes a great photo?
There is no tried and true set of laws or rules about what is a great photo that forces everyone to recognize the same photographic work as their favorite, or THE best. Any art form presented to humans is subjective, not objective. But photography that follows a certain set of rules, has and will certainly always evoke foreseeable results in emotions and reactions to the photo in question.
It is these sets of rules to which I aspire to learn from those who have gone on before; specifically, successful photographers that have and are making a living from the art form known as photography.
Lesson 1; The Eye of the Photographer. explained some generalities involved in good composing tools that photographers use to decide where they will crop the photo as they look for where to point the camera.
Some important key visuals include;
- Keep the recognizable main subject easy to see by using focus, natural eye drawing lines, color, light and dark tones and angles to draw the eye to the main subject of the photo.
- All great photos have one main theme or subject. So, when shooting decide what the theme of that photo will be before firing the trigger.
- All photo compositions can usually be broken into thirds horizontally and vertically, equaling nine indistinct zones to fill when composing. eg, 3 x 3 = 9.
So far, I am enjoying going back to school again (I went back to school at the age of 47 for a four year degree in Multimedia-advertising and web design, gaining a BFA from the Illinois Institute of Art at Schaumburg/Chicago Art Institute).
More next week, or as I have time to complete these modules. Stay tuned.
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