Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Common characteristics of strong photographs, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- Art is not a democracy,…but there are some common characteristics…of strong photographs.…Technically, they should be really good,…but even technical excellence…can be trumped by strong content.…You can have a technically excellent, boring image,…and conversely, sometimes the shortcomings in technique…can be an advantage in some images.…Take this image here.…It's a plane coming into JFK at night.…It's a two and a half second exposure.…Now, I'm not using a tripod,…can't really use a tripod in this situation,…so I'm pressing the camera up against the glass,…trying to be as steady as I can…so that the things that aren't moving in the image,…or moving that much, like the wing, will be sharp,…and the lights will create this beautiful pattern.…
I think if you were to be critical,…you might say, "Well, it's not maybe as sharp…"as it could be, the wing anyway,"…but the reality is, what's being conveyed…kind of trumps any technical shortcomings,…and the picture works, in my opinion.…You know, sometimes a mysterious,…voyeuristic graininess can be added by shooting…
Join Steve Simon as he deconstructs images through critique. Grow your awareness of the impact your choices make on the interpretation of an image. Enhance your command of shutter speed, depth of field, focal plane, and more, to help convey a specific meaning. Learn how to study, review, and analyze images, sharpening your photographic eye and expanding your visual vocabulary.
- Identifying strong photographs
- Deconstructing images
- Understanding the impact of shutter speed, focus, and depth of field
- Interpreting the visual weight of an image
- Evaluating the lighting
- Determining whether to convert an image to black and white
- Changing the meaning of an image by cropping
- Timing and the moment
- Designing in the image
- Developing a visual vocal vocabulary