A detailed version of good photography

8 Oct

So what makes a good photograph?  It’s definitely not the “tried and over used” point-and-shoot method.  It takes depth of thought and a concept behind many good photographs to be considered “good” or “exceptional.”  But, why do I keep on harping about photography in this blog you may ask? The vast majority of submissions we get for  Art are photographs.

To help some of you who are thinking about submitting photographs here are some basic rules for good photography I’ve come up with:

  1. Rule of Thirds – the frame can be divided into three horizontal and three vertical sections.  Photographs work better when the area of interest is placed off-center.
  2. Simplicity – Keep photographs relatively simple.  If you’re zoomed into your subject the background should be out of focus or make sure there is nothing in the background that stands out at all.
  3. Leading Lines – lines draw the eye deeper into the photograph and into the main subject.  Be careful that the leading lines aren’t leading the eye off the photograph or off the subject.
  4. Framing – framing can add more meaning and focus to your subject.  Make sure you’re focused on your main subject.
  5. Perspective – Sometimes a change of perspective can add impact to a photograph. Think about changing from your norm. Try crouching down, or moving to the left or right.
  6. Color – Color in a photograph can create emotion and mood. Blues and greens are cool. Yellow and orange are warm colors. You can also use colors to create certain effects. Like a “wow” factor when colors jump out at you.
  7. Last, but not least, straight horizons!

I hope this helps many of you reconsider how you take photographs, especially above par photographs.

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One Response to “A detailed version of good photography”

  1. photo October 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    nice share 🙂

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