April 7, 2008 3:14 PM Subscribe
What makes a great photograph?
posted by sixcolors to grab bag (19 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I checked out some books on design and photography from the library. I'm learning some new things, but I find a lot of the information quite vague and theoretical.
An example... from the book, The Creative Photographer, the author defines a good photograph as "Great pictures make a person or event live in front of us and offer an intense experience to the viewer. Great pictures speak for themselves. They are loaded with emotion and a sense of history. They jolt us at once and each time we look at them. They have the ability to connect with new audience."
It definately makes sense, but when I'm out shooting the advice doesn't help me much.
I guess it's all subjective. I like photos that feature contradictions, color contrasts, juxtapositions, humor, deviance, silhouettes, reflections, and pareidolias. And of course the fundamentals such as balance, rhythm, etc.
When I take pictures, I look for the above elements. I hope I am taking the right approach.
What are some specific elements that you like to see in photographs? Examples?