What Makes A Great Photo Great?


What makes a great photo great? Why is it that some photos steal your gaze, holding you hostage to them? Photos that move us emotionally, pictures that tag at our inner being be it empathy, fear, shock or joy. What makes such photos so poignant?

The subject of the shot is makes the story. You can have the perfect photo in terms of lighting and angles but if the subject of the shot is not relatable your picture is as good as a dud. A professional photographer knows this and it’s a skill they learn and hone over a period of time. They have an eye for seeing golden moments and capturing them. What you take in photography is as important as how you take it.

The basic elements of photography are light and time. However time is harder of the two to master. Choosing the right moment to squeeze the shutter trigger is what determines how great a photo will be. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a person’s life that reveal greater truths. Photographers have traverse vast distances and patiently wait for golden moments that they can capture. Moments so fleeting they can’t be captured any other way. As the photographer Elliot Erwitt summed it up beautifully “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”

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