| What makes a good
by Don Camp
The most important quality of a good photograph is that it is interesting, interesting to you and to the person who views the picture.
A good photo will be interesting on a number of different levels:
This photo is interesting because it has good composition. It is interesting because it tells a story. It is intersting because it is technically good.
In this photo on the left the
interest is in the pattern of the shadows.
Sometimes the lighting is soft and
creates a feeling of serenity, as in the photo to
This photo is interesting also
because of a composition that includes reflections
and a balanced between the light spot and the darker
trees. Reflection photos can break the rule of
horizon line not being in the center because the
relection creates two images joined together.
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It also has good composition with a triangle formed by the legs and the ball and back to the eyes that are on the ball. The color adds to the excitement.
The photo to the right is interesting because of "color contrast" and because it is an interesting subject. Color contrast is when two colors are very opposite each other. The flower is magenta and the background is green. Those colors are opposite on the color wheel and so are immediately the attraction of the photo.
The photo to the left is from the point of view of someone sitting on park bench looking down at pigeons.
The cat picture is taken from the point of view of the cat. It is cat level. Usually the least interesting picture of an animal is the picture taken from the level of the photographer standing over the animal. That is a killer as far as interest is concerned.
Few pictures we consider good have all these characteristics. Sometimes there is only one, but one that is powerful enough to grad the viewer's interest.
TIP: Begin to evaluate your own pictures by these standards of "good."