For many amateur photographers, there is one question on their lips: what makes a great photo? After all, the purpose of taking photos is to share your artistic ability with others.
Thus, to truly be able to capture that much needed talent, you need to know what makes a great photo. After all, the finished product, after all, is simply what you put into it. So, how do you go about knowing what makes a great photo?
A great tip that will give you an advantage when it comes to photography, and what makes a great photo, is lighting. Lighting has three effects on photography: the ambient, the foreground and the background.
Having the right type of lighting in the right place can drastically affect your photos. For example, take a look at pictures of people at the beach. You’ll see that the lighting is almost always harsh, causing the background to be over-toned and bright.
Another thing that a good photographer should know what makes a great photo is composition. In other words, the way a photographer lays out the picture in his or her studio can say a lot about what the photograph is going to look like when the photographer is finished.
Professional photographers know what makes a great photograph is planning. They pay attention to how a scene looks when the sun is shining on it, whether there are any objects that need to be highlighted or what colors the background should be. This planning is key to taking the perfect photograph.
When it comes to composition, most amateurs don’t know the basics. But, the truth is, they don’t even know the basics themselves, which is why many amateur photographs look sloppy and amateurish.
To learn composition, you must pay attention to how the photographer utilizes and structures the elements in each picture. The underlying structure is what makes a great photograph.
Let’s say you’re taking a photo of two children playing. One kid is shooting the ball and the other is taking a very difficult shot from close range.
You know, the kid taking the hard shot ends up with a perfect, beautiful photograph. But, what if you’ve got a kid taking the ball and he or she ends up with a very difficult, dark shot? How do you make that photograph look great?
That’s another question you need to ask yourself: what is this photo trying to say? Is it saying I’m a good parent? Is it saying I love this kid?
These are all things to consider, but the bottom line is that a great photograph always compels you to look deeper into what exactly it is trying to say.
Lighting is one of the most important aspects to consider when you’re composing a photo. If you have an over-focused background, your image will come across as dark.
If you have too-light or sparse backgrounds, your image will come across as boring and flat. So, even though you might be using the flashiest lights available, always think about how the light is hitting your subject, and what shapes and textures would affect the depth and mood of your image.
One last point I’d like to make is about composition. As I said earlier, it’s important to make sure that whatever you put in your photograph has an impact on the viewer’s eye.
Think about the last time you looked at a photograph and you noticed that one of the most dominant features was that there was one eye in the picture, and the other was almost completely out of the frame.
Does it stick in your mind? Most of the time, it doesn’t, but when you try to take a photograph like that you will definitely realize what I mean.