What Makes a Great Photograph?

Photographers are always searching to find why certain photographs are more inviting to the eye than others. I have listed ten qualities in photography, and for that matter of all visual arts that I believe are pleasing to the eye that are typically included in a great photograph. Not all be present in each great photograph but many can be seen in most excellent photographs.

  • Simplicity order and clarity
  • Contrast strong but not excessive
  • Detail that is sharply defined
  • Texture that gives surface life
  • Form that is simple and bold
  • Outline that is suggestive and crisp
  • Pattern rhythm and repetition of related forms
  • Depth in the form of receding lines or objects
  • Motion that indicates aliveness or action
  • Spontaneity animate the subject

Hope this helps you in taking some great photographs!

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