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What makes a good photo? ...care to answer?

I’ve been looking around on redbubble and I’m starting to think I might have become obsessed with the site, I love to see what everyone else produces and I was blown away with a lot of the photos of different places in Australia… all of you are making me want to go there just so I can have wonderful images like yours. The amazing colors in all of your shots astound me!

The reason I am writing a blog now is because I wanted to know what other people think as to what makes a good photograph?

What are certain things that pull you in to the photo?

What attracted you in the first place…

What do you like most about black and whites? and what are somethings that you would like to see more of?

I have this aching feeling of wanting to go out and shoot something… I guess I’ve just become inspired by all of you! (This site really is wonderful!)

Any suggestions to help a fellow photographer to improve are more than welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you!

Comments

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 7 years ago

    Hi Leigh Ann,

    If you are shooting for commercial work, you should check out the stock photo sites. But that is basically WORK type photography. Most all the people here shoot photos for fun. In that case you should shoot things that you enjoy. Lots of people like myself, do mostly landscapes, as the natural world turns them on. What you enjoy shooting may not be wildly popular, nor commercially viable, but you should be true to yourself if you are an artist. If you want to be a commercial photographer, then that is another story.

    As far as HOW to shoot, the very old photography books written back in the 50’s and 60’s for color film photographers are still the best learning guides for the beginner.
    All that basic stuff still applies today!!!!!!!! Then you add the digital dimension AFTER you have done the basics.

    After all that is done, the basic attraction for most people to art is, COLOR, SHAPE, CONTRAST.

    So to sum it all up……………“.beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

    And, NO!……I am NOT! a lawyer.

    Cheers, Rany

  • Leigh Ann Pobiak
    Leigh Ann Pobiakover 7 years ago

    thank you for responding Rany, I appreciate you taking the time!! I’ll look in to those books for sure. And as for having fun and shooting, thats what I do, just wanted to know what catches peoples attention the most. ;-) you know.. as an added bonus lol

    thanks again!!

  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsover 7 years ago

    Hi Leigh Ann
    I’m quickly learning that a good photo is something which for me, I personally still like a few months down the line. I thought a lot of my early stuff was quite good – it was well received, but looking back, I now have better on RB, and the older stuff is steadily disappearing as I have replacements of a higher quality (in my opinion).

    So much depends on your subject matter, and how you choose to interpret it. I struggle hard to stay true to my self, and also my craft in the face of pressure to do what may be popular. Popular is not necessarily good. It also depends by what measures you gauge your work – be it technical excellence, superb composition, or something which will sell. I’ve taken some rubbish, which is popular, my best works do not sell as people dont seem to buy pictures of flies for instance…..I am relatively new to the serious digital game, and am always learning – but go with what is in your heart, and be open to ideas and experimentation – then you will find something which works – not only for you, but for your audience.

    Eventually, I can see the popular being left on RB, but the best being saved for competitions and hard copy print galleries of a specialist nature. Such is life – sales through RB will allow me to print for alternate exposure methods.

    Good Luck
    Graeme

  • Leigh Ann Pobiak
    Leigh Ann Pobiakover 7 years ago

    thank you so much for your response Graeme! I appreciate what you said and you’re absolutely right, it’s not necessary what’s popular but what you feel is good! Your response made me smile, thanks for the uplift ;-)

  • James Pierce
    James Pierceover 7 years ago

    So a good photo depends on the subject, commercial work, events, weddings and such each have their own criteria I think. But, for ‘my’ work, pretty landscapes, travel and natural history style images, the good ones are the ones that take you there, where looking at a big print sucks you in and you’re taken to the place.

  • chOcOlateBubble
    chOcOlateBubbleover 7 years ago

    In my opinion, a good photograph shows your personal interpretation to the subject matter in front of you; the way you take it and what inspires you to take it. I am a bit of an amateur photographer and mainly take photos of landscapes and nature and I think that composition, colour and perspective are important features of a photograph. However, I find that black and white photos are more soulful and interpret drama a bit better than the coloured ones. But that’s just me. :)
    Ok, that’s my 2 cents worth on this topic!

  • CDCcreative
    CDCcreativeover 7 years ago

    Personally, I don’t know a lot about photography yet. But I do know what captures my heart and that is what I photograph, paint, write about.

    I’d love to learn to use my camera better and plan on doing so but in the meant time I think you just need to get out there and see what makes your soul sing. Take lots and lots of shots and even if some disappoint you, when you are photographing what you love you are bound to capture at least some special shots.

  • Leigh Ann Pobiak
    Leigh Ann Pobiakover 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for the comments Jamesn chocolate and Celia!

    Good point Celia! I’ll keep that in mind :-)