What makes a photograph?
Technology has made Photography very easy, we dont need a degree or any artistic view for photography, all we need to apply Auto and go .
Thats too easy, and we call ourselves as Photographers on the other hand Steve McCurry and his immortal portraits before the proliferation of the Internet and the invention of the smartphone.
We can’t paint unless we study, observe and practice. In studying painting, we are always taught image structure.
Anyone can take pictures. Formal courses of photographic study rarely seen, if ever, cover the basics of image structure. , which is a waste because cameras do all of the technical stuff for us today anyway.
Even professional photographers are rarely taught about the basics of image structure, which is why so many photographs are so awful. The lack of structure is why so many photographs don’t make it.
Here, we will try our best to explain the Power of a Photograph and why image structure is important.
this is written on the basis of our 6 years of experience and observations in photography, we might be wrong at some lines, feel free to make it correct, we will be thankful
We feel every image needs a basic structure. Without an underlying story or meaning, it is just another boring photo, the composition with the insights of emotions will stand our picture apart from others. if our picture unable to blend with the composition and the structure , regardless of how many fine details the picture might have. Details don’t matter if there’s no story behind it.
What is this structure?
it is the colours, contrast, composition, emotions.
This is crucial: if this image didn’t catch your eye like this, it wouldn’t mean much.Once a photo has caught your attention, it needs to have details to keep the eyes interested. This is easy. Every photo has details. The problem is how few photos have any sort of underlying structure to catch your eye in the first place.
We snap photos, paying attention only to the details, but ignoring the far, far more important fundamentals.
Most of us don’t even know that there are fundamentals! These fundamentals are the largest, obvious elements of light and dark, colours and shapes. We should be able to defocus our eyes and look at our image from a distance, and the basic organization of elements within our frame should still be obvious. If our image goes away as a thumbnail-sized image, it has no structure. It sucks. If it doesn’t jump out at us as a thumbnail, we’ve made a boring image, regardless of how big or detailed we print it.
Every photograph we create should have the broad basics of composition, light and colour correct.
Sadly, most of us dont know these structures and we call ourselves as photographers and that is why Photography is thought to be very easy but in reality photography is a never ending subject we have to learn it everyday, we should observe and practice.
More sadly, since few of us are paying any attention to the basics, even when we do get a good shot, we don’t know why it looks good, so the knowledge of photography remains stagnant again. When we learn to look for the basics first, and can get the basics of composition down, we’ll be able to shoot anything, anywhere, with any sort of cell-phone camera, and walk away with the images everyone else covets.
IT’S NOT ABOUT SUBJECTS
In this art, its not about the subject . It’s always about the underlying compositional structure. Subjects that may be there are chosen by us because they support or create a structure. It all depends on our perspective, as our perceptive can change our subjects. What might look like a door is really only used because it’s a rectangle, or two squares. If we shoot it at an angle, now it’s a trapezoid, or a truncated triangle. The actual subject doesn’t matter. Our choice of a subject should be made to give a strong underlying design to the image. What that subject is or does consciously is irrelevant. As far as good photographers are concerned,
As we compose, we should only look at the boldest, broadest and most basic lines and shapes in our image in the most overall and general sort of way. We should try to see the corners of our photograph that will lead to know about the underlying structure of our photograph, we should care about the details, they will take up themselves. When we are concentrating on the composition let us forget about the subjects, once the composition is done after that we should think about the subjects according to our perspective so that it can say a story.
Anything that isn’t directly helping the composition we should simply take it off . Any distraction leads our picture to score poor.
Colours play a very important role in a picture. Warm colours, red, orange and yellow, appear to move forward towards the viewer. Our eyes are attracted to them first, because these colours dont bend. Cool colours, greens, blues and violets, recede away from the viewer. Colours need to be synced with harmony. Warm colours get us riled up.Cool colours are peaceful.
We believe Lighting is the most important technical issue in photography. The direction of light and shadow defines our lines and shapes and hence defines the emotions of the picture.
No one can be as good at being Ansel Adams or Jack Dykinga or Jay Maisel or David Muench or Richard Avedon or whoever, as they were.
Only you can be you. None of them can ever be as good at being you as you are.
The biggest difference between them and us is that they got over worrying about technique, and put all their efforts into looking for good images. David Muench doesn’t even look for images, he just goes out with no preconceived notions and goes wherever he feels like he’s being guided. Muench pays most of his attention to picking up on whatever signals he’s picking up from the landscape. They all go out with open minds and see what they see.
we should follow our own passion and excitement. let us shoot what excites us. If we can capture our own excitement, we just got a good image.