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What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue May 10, 2011 7:29 pm

Hint: I do not mean do you need an f/2.8 1000 mm lens costing zillions! Compacts, well, even phones or keyhole cameras do enter the equation. It's the endproduct I'm taslking about: A Good Photo.

Think of what you really need! Which means you'll have to think a bit before you start typing. ;)
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby Micetta » Tue May 10, 2011 7:30 pm

The right subject :wink:

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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby saraf » Tue May 10, 2011 7:35 pm

Correct light conditions.
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue May 10, 2011 7:57 pm

saraf wrote:Correct light conditions.

There is one for the list.
Outside you have to have good light. Which does not always mean Golden Hour. Startrails want almost only starlight, thunderstorms might want darkness, or a sunset shining nicely on the black clouds, or...
Inside it's a little different. Then you may need equipment like reflector umbrellas, flash(es) or switching on or off lights.

Micetta wrote:The right subject :wink:

hmmm.... Yes and no.
What's the right subject? You are focused on for instance an elephant and a leopard happens to walk in front of it. Which is the right subject?
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby kesheshe » Tue May 10, 2011 8:11 pm

Talent by this i mean many people could be in the same place at the same time but very few people can visualise the shoot that will work best.

Know your subject as it helps to capture the moment or know what may happen next and be ready for it.

Good light helps but top end photographers will manage to use harse light to their advantage and still obtain some amazing shoots.

Whatever you equipment is understand its capabilities and functions in detail.

Create your own style that fits your eye - everyone is not the same and it is not just a technical exercise but there is a degree of art involved.
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby Caracal » Tue May 10, 2011 8:14 pm

:hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

First of all you do need a bit of photography knowledge !
Secondly I think a bit of imagination and creativity goes a long way in getting a good photo.
Trying to capture something a bit out of the ordinary is what makes a photo different and special...and one does not always need fancy equipment to do that !!! :)

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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue May 10, 2011 8:25 pm

kesheshe wrote:Know your subject as it helps to capture the moment or know what may happen next and be ready for it.

That is one of the answers I was looking for!
With wildlife it's rather obvious. See a lion going into attackmode certainly means you should not drive away. Birds giving alarmcalls should set your alarms off as well.
But with architecture it also works. Knowing that if you wait 5 minutes (hint for another) the light will be just so, or that old tram will arrive, or that the bride will shake her hair free...
kesheshe wrote:Whatever you equipment is understand its capabilities and functions in detail.

And that's another one! Know it inside out, so you can change functions without hesitation or doubt to get just the right setting.
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue May 10, 2011 8:29 pm

Caracal wrote:First of all you do need a bit of photography knowledge !

You mean like the Rule of thirds?
Or the infamous f-stops? Knowing what they do?
Caracal wrote:Secondly I think a bit of imagination and creativity goes a long way in getting a good photo.
Trying to capture something a bit out of the ordinary is what makes a photo different and special...and one does not always need fancy equipment to do that !!! :)

Yep! That's another!
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DuQues » Wed May 11, 2011 9:29 pm

No one else? Nothing more?

There are quite a few more things you need...
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby saraf » Wed May 11, 2011 10:00 pm

DuQues wrote:No one else? Nothing more?

There are quite a few more things you need...

Patience
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DuQues » Wed May 11, 2011 10:18 pm

Yay! Another one! And this is possibly one of the most important ones there is. 8)

Snapshots rarely work. So you need to set up at the proper place, and wait. And wait....
It won't always work, but when it does, you get exactly the shot you wanted, if you remembered the other things, some already mentioned.
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby mikef » Wed May 11, 2011 10:34 pm

The story / message that you wish to convey. :)

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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DuQues » Wed May 11, 2011 10:42 pm

Right on Mike!

A good photo always tells a story, or at least implies it.
A photo of a log of wood can convey a story of returning to earth for instance, or it can have new seedlings sprouting.
A lion is looking at something, space to to way it's looking at... Is it going to hunt? Or are the ears back, looking at danger?
A road in a landscape bends at the far end, what is around it?

Whichever, there should be a story in a photo.
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby Ferdelance » Mon May 30, 2011 11:03 am

Well I guess one needs a bit of imagination to think ahead and make an image of what it is you want to photograph. Another thing that I find helps me a lot as I am a very keen birder is patience and placement. Get to the right area to 'intercept' my subject as it wereand wait for things to happen! But also one needs to see that special photo when it happens so as not to lose the moment.
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Re: What do you think you need to make good photos?

Unread postby DarkAnGeL » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:45 am

being open minded. I mean for example there was that one pic on the forum with the skeliton of a impala, i thought that was an amazing photo to take. even thought the animal was decaing it was stunning. There are allot of times we only want to take pics of pretty things and not the rotten things. Hope i make sence.


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