Those photos be like ooh aah

Everyone wants that breathe-taking photo. The one that makes people say “ooh” or “aah”. The one that makes them interested. The one that tells a story more than words ever good. In class this Friday, we discussed 16 elements of excellent photography to get on the right track of producing one of these amazing photos. You don’t have to have all of these elements in every photo. In fact, that would probably produce a poor photo. Keeping these elements in mind, though, while taking photos will put you on the right path to producing excellent photography. (Note: these are all equally important and are listed in no particular order.)

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  1. Focus (With this element , you can tell the audience what is important in the photo. Remember you can have everything in focus, it doesn’t have to just be the subject.)
  2. Framing (Positioning the photo so your subject is framed by other things in the photo is a great way to show what’s important.)
  3. Color (Color is interesting. Look for colors that look out of place and pop out.)
  4. Action & Movement (This evokes interest and helps tell a story better.)
  5. Subject (Every image needs a subject, and it must be clearly defined. This is why you take your photo)
  6. Background (This element gives your image context. In many photos, you must have the background in order to make the subject make sense.)
  7. Shapes (Unique shapes make great framing tools. It can make your photo more interesting and effective.)
  8. Detail (Looking for texture gives a new life and depth to your photo.)
  9. Emotion (Capturing a photo with great human expression often tells more than a caption or story next to it ever good. People can relate to facial expressions.)
  10. Lighting (Arguable, lighting is the most important part of photography. If you can get this right, your photos will look great. Try shooting in one of the golden hours – an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset)
  11. Symmetry & Pattern (This will also evoke interest in your photo. These elements are pleasing to the eye.)
  12. Viewpoint (Changing your point of view gives a new twist on images that are common. You can make things look completely new, bigger, or smaller.)
  13. Leading Lines ( When things in your image point to your subject, it makes it seem even more important. This also relates to the vanishing point – the spot when the sky meets the ground)
  14. Contrast (When we have contrast, it makes our subject more clear. This is especially effective with contrasting colors.)
  15. Depth of Field (The area that is in focus automatically tells the viewer that this is important. This can be changed by playing with the aperture.)
  16. The Rule of Thirds (While you could put your subject in the dead center of the photo, it is more pleasing to the eye if it is placed on a rule of thirds line or point.)

The elements I’m most interested in using in the future are color, viewpoint, and framing. I have always loved color. I think that it gives emotion to an inanimate object or sets a mood. Color can change everything. Similar to this, viewpoint is so important. From the way you see a political party to the way you view an event visually, a different viewpoint is one of the most interesting things to explore. Lastly, I would like to try to use framing more in my photographs. I thing that this is such an subtle way to give a huge impact on your photo.

While there are many more elements that can help you perfect your photography, these I find to be the most interesting. I hope to improve my photography with this knowledge.

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One Comment

  1. Hi Lauren,

    All I can say is WOW! You’ve done some amazing work with this blog post! Throughout your posts, you’re doing a great job of using multimedia. Keep up the great work with that! I hope you don’t mind if I show off some of your work to class tomorrow.

    Your tweets also do a great job of incorporating many different types of media. You’ve really embraced the idea of the class, and that’s definitely worth some extra credit.

    Kudos! Keep up the great work.

    -Tim

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