Eight industry insiders reveal what they look for in an image. "It's very, very hard to say what I look for in an image. I think it's when you see something particularly arresting or distinctive, where you feel that this photographer has a unique vision. It needs to be something that surprises you, or says something new, either about the subject or about photography itself. I look at so much every day, but you can see the work that is exceptional."
it’s possible to make more than one identical — or at least near-identical — copy of the same image from the same negative, which instantly means it can’t be as exclusive as a painting. Suppose for a moment that somewhere down the line, the original file and EXIF got lost, a nice print came up at auction, and it sold for a good amount of money — because it’s a nice image. Then later on, horror of horrors, it comes to light that it was shot with a camera-phone. Would it change the perception of its value? Undoubtedly.
From the earliest days of photography, practitioners took their inspiration from paintings. Photographs can capture more than just the basic appearance. When photography wasn't digital, the process was very long and easy to mess up. If you messed up one little, you have to do the whole process over again. Developing photos was a form of art back then, it is still art but not as hands on and not as delicate.
Photography can be a form or art in many ways. One way is you can mimic the setup of groups of people in paintings. You can also capture the mood of the painter by the colors of the painting, red is angry, blue is sad, or yellow can represent happiness, etc. You can have the emotion of the painting represented in the faces of the people or the setting. An example of sad could be a rainy, dark day. An example of happy could be the sun shining on a nice green field. You can feel the warmth of the sun on your back and the smell of the grass. There are many artistic skills that are needed to take a photo. One being the lighting, the most beautiful photos are snapped with the right lighting. Also, time and patience is present in both art and photography. To take a good photo or draw a good picture, you need to take your time setting up the camera for the right angle or the outline for the drawing.
This reason comes up a lot but capturing a fraction of a second or a moment is very significant because every second you aren’t behind a camera can be a fleeting memory and sometimes it is crucial to capture that memory. Photography can help you notice the small things in life. Narrowing your focus on little things like a leaf or the colored of a flower helps you enjoy life a little more. Photography can help people get outside and give them a chance to meet new people. Photography can be relaxing and an outlet for many people to get away from life.
In this National Geographic article they are talking about how images can transport us to unseen worlds. The photographer's job is to travel and explore the world and take photos, that is a dream job for any novice photographer. What propels them is their strong determination to tell a story just through one photo. They miss many important dates like holidays, birthdays, school plays, etc. They are very patient and have to be if they want to get a good shot. I find it interesting because you can see shots from professionals and how they portray things like a nature or animals. It can be very different from the way you would take a photo. The photographers use photos as a way of exploration.
Don't get me wrong, living in the moment and not always having records of what’s going on is nice too. But, photos are part of our legacy, they outlive us and most of the time we don't even realize that. They show where we have been and they are puzzle pieces to a larger picture that is our life. They can resurface in albums and bring us back to when we were that little 5 year old playing on that playground that was so familiar it was like a second home. Having pictures to show your children of their grandparents who have passed or family moments when you were their age is always nice to have and look back on. It can be interesting and fun too look back on memories and share them with family.
There are many reasons to be a photographer, whether it be for fun or professionally, there are always photos to take. When taking a good and meaningful photo, you need to notice the small details and sometimes these details are very interesting. It is interesting to see how people’s eyes look with different emotions. For instance, the sparkle in someone's eye when they are truly happy and not faking it for the camera, or the fire and rage when someone is mad. Expressing yourself is a big part of photography because everyone has something that interests them and it can be intriguing to see what they are in to. An example is someone who is interested in nature will have photos of nature but they will be portrayed in different ways, and they bring life to the photo.
There are many things to take photos of, there is no limit which adds to the fun of photography and why it is so interesting. It can be fun to see people's reactions to seeing a portrait of themselves and actually liking the outcome, since most people don't like photos taken of them. Also, sometimes these moments captured are snaps of raw emotion, non-candid pictures. This makes the photo even more meaningful and interesting because you can capture true pictures and feelings. You are able to capture images of people that won't be forgotten.
Photography is the art or process of taking and processing photographs. Photography has the ability to engage their audience to think deeply by analyzing the subject, tone, meaning etc. Also, taking a photo is freezing an important or meaningful moment, these can be preserved forever. So many photos are taken everyday and in this they are recording history. Photography is a way of time traveling, seeing a photo and then putting yourself in that photo and imagining what it would be like to be in that time.