What makes a great image?


Article Excerpt
Great images often:
– are eye catching.
– are strongly composed.
– have relatively few picture elements.
– have no elements surplus to requirements.
– use lighting and or surface reflections to achieve the best possible tonality.
– contain a limited colour palette which either contrasts or complements each other
– have a message, even if that message is only, “gee, isn’t this beautiful (ugly, old, scary etc.)”
– leave you wondering, while at the same time satisfying you that the image is complete – tricky, huh?
– inform by showing the unusual, the unnoticed or interesting juxtapositions.
– tell a story or trigger memories
– give you reasons to come back to the image again and again
– have some extra magical thing about them

~George Barr from his article Learning From The Best Images


2 responses

  1. I have some pictures if you would like to see them. How would like me send them? And is there anything else you’d like to have from me for your article?

    February 26, 2013 at 4:43 am

    • Junsjazz

      Hello Ellen! Kindly send me 8 of the best pictures in your blog, and a short write-up about you and your photography. Please email it at jazzmanjun@gmail.com Many thanks!

      February 27, 2013 at 1:26 am

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