Some Key Element to Great Photography

When you employ the understated Power of KISS (Keep it simple, shutterbug): many great photographs have a commonality in their simplicity and directness. But this simplicity is part of the photos elegance; the photographer has used the viewfinder like a canvas. Everything in the photo is relevant to the message of the image. You pick up the image, study it, move it closer or further away, and absorb the moment…the beauty of still photography is how personal and powerful it can be, when it is at it's peak.

Great photography consists of a few key elements: composition, lighting, and a great moment. Sounds easy, but these three components, in various forms, are what are missing in most photographs you see. To combine the three is the aim of all good photographers, and a time-consuming, laborious, frustrating effort it can be. BUT, when it does come together, when that magic image appears on your screen, not much can touch that feeling.

Caption: the ability of the camera to capture a simple moment and allow us to share that image is one of the great powers of photography. On a walk by a pond I've passed many times, I noticed a frog sticking its head out of the water. Using the monitor on the compact digital camera I was carrying allowed me to put the camera at water level providing a frog's eye view of this guy. 35mm lens 1/60th second @F3.5

This is one of the major differences in still photography and video…the personal aspect of the still image. TV or video requires a person to watch from start to finish, in a continuum, the story contained in the clip. The still image, at its peak, is that perfect moment that says volumes in 1/125 of a second. "A picture says a thousand words" may fall short…think of how many words are required to describe certain photos. The mind absorbs, describes, and defines the photo rapidly…leaving the viewer, at the least, a sense of place and event.