Digital Photography

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Really look at the pictures that hold your attention

Take some time and study pictures that you are really attracted too - then look at them and figure out -

Where did your eye fall first? Then where did it go?

What held your interest - colors - subject - focus - lines - DOF ( depth of field ) - textures.

Study the light - was it coming from one direction - two direction - many directions ?

Was the light strong - diffused - soft - colored?

Was the image PS'ed - if so what was done?

Are there catchlights - what shape - what do the catchlights tell you about how the image was taken - was a straight on flash used?

What is the subject of the image - what does the image say about the subject?

What does the background add?

Is there space in the picture and how does it add to that picture?

Does the picture follow the rule of thirds and if not why does it violate that rule - and why do you like it anyway?

Did the image touch you? - how? - sad? - happy? - made you remember something?

How is the subject posed? - props? - background?

Start a file if images you love. - Look through them every so often - are they still favorites or has your eye changed?


  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger AnneMarie said…

    interesting questions.. love coming to your blog and really thinking- thanks!

  • At 6:50 AM, Blogger Lexi said…

    Great things to think about. I try to go through some of these when I browse the finalists over at BP every month. It has really helped improve my composition and lighting.


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