HOW DO YOU RECOGNISE A NICELY SHOT PHOTOGRAPH?
WE BET YOU DON’T KNOW HOW.
6 STEPS ON HOW TO REVIEW A PHOTOGRAPH.
A couple of times, we have had one or two photographs taken of ourselves, friends and family. We have also one too many times gave comments on photograph piece(s) as to how nice, or shitty they are.
Since photographs have proven to be the only true evidence of every second’s past since human existence, then every moment deserves to be well and amazingly documented.
Whether you are reviewing your own photos, friends’ or someone else’s, there is some certain rule of thumbs you need to go by in determining a well-taken photograph.
The steps below offer a step by step approach to viewing photographs, determining their professionalism and possibly offering advice.
- Categorize the piece to a certain type: nature, wildlife, landscape, portrait, action, hilarious, casual e.t.c.
Yes, there are differences between these categories. There is a difference between wildlife and nature, as much as with portrait and landscape and so many others. The point is to narrow it down to a certain type, at the end of the day, what matters is the expectation and there are different expectations for different types of photographs.
- Check out for the effective use of light.
Different lighting techniques are expected for different photo types. Was it too dark? was there a washout ( too much white light ) ? was indirect lighting used?
Note:- Direct lighting used in portrait flattens facial expression which is not advisable.
- Determine what the subject of a photograph is.
Viewers shouldn’t find it hard to determine what the subject of a photograph is. If the subject is not clear enough, then there is no reason to proceed with the review, the judgment is “ the photo is bad ” and “ the photographer is unprofessional ”.
- Notice the technique that was used to focus or bring out the subject.
Was the background blurred? was the subject of motion? was there a zoom in on the subject?
There are many techniques to focus a subject. Are any particular techniques noticeable in the photo? Should a different technique have been used?
- See if there is anything in the shot that unnecessarily distract attention from the subject.
Is there anything in the background that draws attention? A good photograph should make sure not to entertain unnecessary background distractions.
- The last step is to draw a final conclusion of the photograph. Do you like it? Why or why not? What do you think could have gone wrong or make better?
Here you go, you are now an expert on photo reviews.
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