Monday, November 3, 2014

What Makes A Great Picture?

Hi Everyone,

I have a question....what makes a great picture?  What does that mean to you?  Many photographers show their work via various photography groups and social media, including myself.  We all hope that we'll get many likes, positive feedback and anything else that may stroke our egos about our work. Any person that says otherwise is not being truthful.  Who wouldn't want everyone to love their work?  The reality is we may get a few likes on some photos, some not at all, and others hailed as Photo of the Year.  Up and coming photographers are often discouraged when they are not overnight successes.  As with anything, success requires much effort, time and patience.  Don't be discouraged, continued shooting.  Shoot everyday, often, and only what intrigues you and how you want to shoot it. So what if your picture doesn't look like the next photographer's it supposed to?  I certainly hope not.  Your pictures are yours.  They are your vision and someone else may not see what you see.  Imagine if all photographers shot photos the same way.  I think things would get a bit boring, don't you think?

I came across a thread the other day in a photography group that really bugged me.  A photographer, who shall remain anonymous, posted a photo they had been working on and I was amazed at how many other photographers jumped on the opportunity to bash this photographer for their use of technique.  Is there really a right or a wrong way?  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say no.  Not all techniques apply to every situation.  Really good photos have come out of not doing the norm. Critiquing is one thing when its asked for but to just negatively degrade someone else's work is so out of line on many levels.  One person said a negative thing and so the thread began.  I wonder if this person will ever show their work again.  To that photographer I'd like to repeat and say:  Don't be discouraged, continue shooting.  Shoot everyday, often and only what intrigues you and how you want to shoot it. You're work is valued and appreciated.

Til next time,