New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography Discussion of all things graphics.

What makes a good photograph?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Odin_aa

 
Odin_aa's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 07, 2005
Location: North Boston, NY
Posts: 604
Odin_aa is a jewel in the roughOdin_aa is a jewel in the roughOdin_aa is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: PowerMac G5 2.3 ghz 6.5 GB ram 20" cinema display ..15" Macbook Pro 2.33 Core 2 Duo 2 Gig RAM

Odin_aa is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Village Idiot View Post
Well sport photography, concert photography, certain low light situations, and a few other situations usually require burst mode to get a one good shot out of a couple. Some times when I shoot certain events I end up with 100-200 photos from about an hour with about 1/5th of them being usable.
What your talking about here is timing, I do quite a bit of sports photography and would say that if your going for volume then just snapping away works well, but nothing beats knowing the game your shooting and hitting the shutter release at the right time. Honestly, 8 out of 10 shots I take at a sporting event are good enough to sell and 1 in 20 are actually good shots.

Burst mode just gives you the opportunity for more options of the same shot or moment in time, the opportunity to get a different facial expression or that right moment in time.

http://www.lightcafe.net

New servers, much faster than before
QUOTE Thanks
Sa!!yz~Rage

 
Sa!!yz~Rage's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 09, 2007
Location: Ontario
Posts: 27
Sa!!yz~Rage is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: G4-933, PB-1.25, TiBook-1Ghz

Sa!!yz~Rage is offline
Quote:
but nothing beats knowing the game your shooting and hitting the shutter release at the right time
Nothing could be more true! Absolutely!

You can tell photographers that are from the 'film' days, when blasting off a roll of 24/36 tended to get a little expensive shooting sports. Ya see guys filling 4gig cards at events, races or what ever and you know they are going for the shotgun method. That's not to say there aren't times when 'bursting' isn't useful. If I'm shooting at a show jumping event for instance I'll sometimes fire off a 12 shot burst, but I also know how the rider is counting the course so I can time it right, well all things being perfect. Like it ever is..

Yep, know your subject for sure.

"Leave your pink slip and cryin' at the tree baby"
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=30978&dateline=117872  5609
Nikon D2H & D80 & F5 / 85mm, 80-200mm, 400mm + Other 'stuff'
QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,801
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
Sa!!yz~Rage, is that avatar from gran turismo? or a real shot?

Please participate in our Member of the Month polls. Every vote counts! And remember to use the user reputation system!
["Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." - Note by Homer Simpson]
QUOTE Thanks
Sa!!yz~Rage

 
Sa!!yz~Rage's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 09, 2007
Location: Ontario
Posts: 27
Sa!!yz~Rage is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: G4-933, PB-1.25, TiBook-1Ghz

Sa!!yz~Rage is offline
GT4. Good eye.

I had one years ago when I lived in Calgary and when I started playing GT4 I found it. Somehow not the same as the real 'Sa!!y', especially the sound of the engine, OMG! As long as you leave it stock it almost sounds like a V8, almost..

"Leave your pink slip and cryin' at the tree baby"
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=30978&dateline=117872  5609
Nikon D2H & D80 & F5 / 85mm, 80-200mm, 400mm + Other 'stuff'
QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,801
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
yeah, there's a couple things the gt series has always missed to varying degrees (sounds, ai, damage), but it is a fine looking game...


Please participate in our Member of the Month polls. Every vote counts! And remember to use the user reputation system!
["Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." - Note by Homer Simpson]
QUOTE Thanks
TenderSurrender

 
TenderSurrender's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 02, 2006
Location: Suffolk, UK
Posts: 1,458
TenderSurrender is just really niceTenderSurrender is just really niceTenderSurrender is just really niceTenderSurrender is just really nice
Mac Specs: MBP - 2.66Ghz Core 2 duo, 4GB Ram, 320GB HDD, Geforce 9400m + 9600M GT (256mb)

TenderSurrender is offline
Another thing i think that really makes a good photo is

If you like i

I know i might get some stick for this post, but I feel a key point about photography (at a non pro level anyway) is about enjoying it.

If you take a photo and YOU like it then that is good enough.

Dont get me wrong, If you are doing it at a pro' level, then of course the technical ability of the photographer needs to be scrutinised that little bit more but overall, Just enjoy yourself as a photographer and from that, your photos will reflect it

~~ TS ~~

JEMDNA Photography - Clicky to see latest work
“Punk is not dead. Punk will only die when corporations can exploit and mass produce it.”
QUOTE Thanks
Odin_aa

 
Odin_aa's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 07, 2005
Location: North Boston, NY
Posts: 604
Odin_aa is a jewel in the roughOdin_aa is a jewel in the roughOdin_aa is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: PowerMac G5 2.3 ghz 6.5 GB ram 20" cinema display ..15" Macbook Pro 2.33 Core 2 Duo 2 Gig RAM

Odin_aa is offline
That is absolutely right. What someone new to the hobby will do however is progress to a point where they look back to older prints of theirs and find that they do not like the images as much as they did, they will as they advance become more picky about which of their shots they consider to be of their best work.

http://www.lightcafe.net

New servers, much faster than before
QUOTE Thanks
johntalin

 
johntalin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 29, 2006
Location: California, the golden state
Posts: 1,177
johntalin is a jewel in the roughjohntalin is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: G4 AGP 400 MHz 1.34gb RAM

johntalin is offline
Avoiding the midday sun may prevent some bad shots. The same way your camera's flash can wash out color, the intense midday sun can mute colors and cast deep shadows, reducing warmth and detail. The best time of day for photos is either early morning or early evening. Colors are warmer and shadows are softer. I have taken some of my good photos on an overcast day.

"Do all the good you can... In all the ways you can... In all the places you can... At all the times you can... To all the people you can... As long as you ever can..." ~ Rules of Conduct
QUOTE Thanks
Sa!!yz~Rage

 
Sa!!yz~Rage's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 09, 2007
Location: Ontario
Posts: 27
Sa!!yz~Rage is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: G4-933, PB-1.25, TiBook-1Ghz

Sa!!yz~Rage is offline
Quote:
Avoiding the midday sun may prevent some bad shots
Hard to do when shooting outdoor sports, well impossible actually.

"Leave your pink slip and cryin' at the tree baby"
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=30978&dateline=117872  5609
Nikon D2H & D80 & F5 / 85mm, 80-200mm, 400mm + Other 'stuff'
QUOTE Thanks
johntalin

 
johntalin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 29, 2006
Location: California, the golden state
Posts: 1,177
johntalin is a jewel in the roughjohntalin is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: G4 AGP 400 MHz 1.34gb RAM

johntalin is offline
Perspective makes things interesting. A photo of a distant subject can seem one-dimensional. Incorporating objects which are nearer to you and also related to the main subject gives a sense of distance.
Also, a busy background can ruin many photos and takes away the focus.
These are not my photos, but examples of what I am trying to say.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg arrange_3_275.jpg (23.8 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg arrange_5_275.jpg (50.1 KB, 4 views)

"Do all the good you can... In all the ways you can... In all the places you can... At all the times you can... To all the people you can... As long as you ever can..." ~ Rules of Conduct
QUOTE Thanks
Odin_aa

 
Odin_aa's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 07, 2005
Location: North Boston, NY
Posts: 604
Odin_aa is a jewel in the roughOdin_aa is a jewel in the roughOdin_aa is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: PowerMac G5 2.3 ghz 6.5 GB ram 20" cinema display ..15" Macbook Pro 2.33 Core 2 Duo 2 Gig RAM

Odin_aa is offline
Yes, longer focal lengths compress the objects making things appear closer together where as wide angle lens will make an object in the background appear further away than it really is. The difference between taking a shot at 28mm and 128mm makes a huge varience in the way the image looks.

Also perspective such as being lower to the ground than the eye would normally be or simply from an angle most would normally not view a subject adds an interest that may not be there from a familiar angle.

http://www.lightcafe.net

New servers, much faster than before
QUOTE Thanks
Roger

 
Member Since: Apr 24, 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 18
Roger is on a distinguished road

Roger is offline
If you are the only person that sees your photographs, then good photographs are the ones that please you.

However, if you show your photographs to others, than the the photographs that are good are the ones that the the lion's share of your viewers say are good (or similar words to that effect) regardless of how you feel about them.
QUOTE Thanks
johntalin

 
johntalin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 29, 2006
Location: California, the golden state
Posts: 1,177
johntalin is a jewel in the roughjohntalin is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: G4 AGP 400 MHz 1.34gb RAM

johntalin is offline
Try someting other than the front view. You could add some interest by having people look at a differet angle or from a different angle.
Taking people's photos from lower up also adds some interest and loses some of those deep lines on their faces.
Blurring the background is common, but you could include another person who is related to the subject in the blur and make it more interesting.
For e.g. you may be taking a photo of a woman selling flowers and blurring the person behind her who is helping out.
These are just examples, not my photos.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg arrange_9_275.jpg (12.6 KB, 2 views)
File Type: jpg arrange_10_180.jpg (7.6 KB, 1 views)

"Do all the good you can... In all the ways you can... In all the places you can... At all the times you can... To all the people you can... As long as you ever can..." ~ Rules of Conduct
QUOTE Thanks
johntalin

 
johntalin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 29, 2006
Location: California, the golden state
Posts: 1,177
johntalin is a jewel in the roughjohntalin is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: G4 AGP 400 MHz 1.34gb RAM

johntalin is offline
When I was taking photos of this art which is made out of several layers of flower petals and plant materials, I positioned the camera on a tripod and framed the subject off centered. No flash was used and I positioned the art near a window, light coming from one angle only. That way I was able to capture the details of the several layers of flower petals, etc. This is the first time I have done this and I am open to any suggestions.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg FlowerLandMC.jpg (406.9 KB, 3 views)

"Do all the good you can... In all the ways you can... In all the places you can... At all the times you can... To all the people you can... As long as you ever can..." ~ Rules of Conduct
QUOTE Thanks
johntalin

 
johntalin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 29, 2006
Location: California, the golden state
Posts: 1,177
johntalin is a jewel in the roughjohntalin is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: G4 AGP 400 MHz 1.34gb RAM

johntalin is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by johntalin View Post
Avoiding the midday sun may prevent some bad shots. The same way your camera's flash can wash out color, the intense midday sun can mute colors and cast deep shadows, reducing warmth and detail. The best time of day for photos is either early morning or early evening. Colors are warmer and shadows are softer. I have taken some of my good photos on an overcast day.
I like to add:
To prevent very light and very dark areas on sunny days, stand in a patch of shade. This will create better photos, because your camera will sense less light.
Also, using a flash in the sun will cast an even light over the subject.

"Do all the good you can... In all the ways you can... In all the places you can... At all the times you can... To all the people you can... As long as you ever can..." ~ Rules of Conduct
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Using sRGB Colour Profile makes everything look drab | Photoshop - Academic vs. retail, difference? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Looking for good external hard drive/enclosure? markw10 Other Hardware and Peripherals 3 04-14-2010 09:25 AM
Refurb, A Good Idea? XMARLTONX Switcher Hangout 26 03-22-2007 10:09 PM
Need help finding a good source for ipod accy's nickeleye iPod Hardware and Accessories 1 02-14-2007 10:46 PM
Good Free Ftp Client? l!m!t OS X - Apps and Games 3 02-03-2007 09:44 AM
Looking for a program that makes dvds from windows files wmv. skatesurferdude Switcher Hangout 0 03-02-2005 12:01 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:50 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?