The difference between average and outstanding photos

Do you sometimes feel like ‘my photos are just boring’? Do you start to think about why you’re actually taking photos and or what it is that’s ‘missing’ to make it a great photo?
I can tell you – I do. And here’s what I do about it:

One of the most important points when taking photos is to give your pictures meaning. It’s like the salt or sugar in your food - it makes your food taste great and you might not even realise that it’s because of the spices.
It’s the same with photos: You need to add meaning to your images, because that’s what makes the difference between average photos and outstanding ones.

  • Before taking the picture: Think about what you want to communicateThen you need an idea of what you want the picture to look like before you can move on to the next step:
  • What do you want to emphasize? You will need some background knowledge of the subject in order to know which points to stress. So do some research on your topic.
  • What is the point you are trying to make? Think about that. Maybe it means that you will have to take a side or position. Or it may mean that you need to form your own opinion on an issue.

Whatever it is that you’re struggling with – make sure you are making a point, and you know why you’re taking the photo.

Even if it’s just a simple portrait of your friend: think about what points you want to emphasize in your photo. Does your friend have any specific characteristics or facial features? What is your friend like? Funny, smart, arty, fashionable, cheeky, cute, ambitious, interesting, …? You get the idea. 

It doesn’t matter what you are taking photos of, there will always be something worth stressing and pointing out. Try to remember that and figure out how to get that point across in your pictures.

P.S. I know it’s a hard one, and I struggle keeping up with adding meaning to my photos. But it’s worth doing it.

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