What Do You see In This Photo?

Updated on July 18, 2018 in Photography
6 on July 14, 2018

If you are a young woman you will probably say “Ahhh they’re in love”

If you are a young man you would say ” She’s hot, how come he got her, he looks like he hasn’t taken a shower in days, so must be the cool sunglasses, or he must drive a cool car. 
If you are a photographer you will not see any of that, you will say ” bad composition, not framed following the rule of thirds, no leading lines, shopped body, conclusion bad photo.
So what do you see? 

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2 on July 14, 2018

I see a really good photograph that captures summer by the sea!

Great image! Work the idea into a project. “Summer on the Pier”!

Looking forward to more

on July 14, 2018

Thank You

I’ve been thinking of maybe “Love by the sea” or “Love On The Pier”
The pier is a good place to photograph people in love, and it’s easy because they don’t notice you, they are like in a trance.

on July 17, 2018
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Immediately my mind wants it to be cropped to a square because of the composition. I also feel like the its borderline overexposed, the bokeh on the right pulls my eyes away from the couple. As for positives, it’s a decent candid shot that feels authentic, I like the shadow on her face. 

on July 18, 2018

Mr. Howwls you have judged the photo like a true technical photographer, but you forgot the most important factor of a photograph, one that makes 98% of the photograph and one that 99% of the population will identify with and that is “A couple in love”  and the emotions that “The couple in love ” will make the viewer feel.
Unless you are an insensitive human that only thinks in terms of f stops and shutter speeds. 
If you have an interesting or emotional generating photo all the rules of photography are irrelevant, you can not make a good photo only by focusing on the rules of photography, the content is more important.
Make your photo interesting or emotionally charged and you can forget about all the rules. Put your photos to a test, take several photos of which you consider technically great and ask friends and family or strangers if they like them, don’t ask photographers because they will start to talk about composition and light and such and will not even know what the PHOTO WAS ABOUT. 
When you go to see a movie, do you follow the story or are you focused only on the light, composition etc. 
In photography, content wins against technical photos, now if you have a good content and then you adorn the photo with good technic then the good technic is justified.

A quote from Jim Richardson (National Geographic Photographer)

“The main rule that useful pictures have to follow is “Don’t Be Boring”
don’t ever be boring, be interesting, and if a picture is interesting, then it can break all sorts of rules, except that cardinal rule “DON’T BE BORING”
Pictures are supposed to connect, to excite us and if a picture does that, then i can forgive all sorts of flaws and errors.”
Quote taken from an interview that’s on youtube here’s the link




on July 18, 2018

I like your perspective on the topic. I agree with most of your thoughts and I found it helpful and interesting. For this image I stand by my opinion as I feel even though the subjects are compelling and real, it could have been captured better. Thanks for your words and time, definitely something to consider.

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