GOOD PHOTOS: What makes a truly good picture?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 21, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    So I am about to meet up with my photographer for a first set of summer photos. The plan is to work this weekend and again in August. Mark (formerly ks_dusty of RJ) is planning on taking photos again.

    I like imaginative photos...have some interesting ideas again, especially the group in August, which will be very different. I would like to have taken a series of pics prior to wheat harvest in the middle of a wheat field. The colors would have been awesome.
    Of course we all have our own ideas of what makes a really good picture of
    a person. It can be a simple picture of the individual without any real background.... or the subject can be engaged in a variety of activities that
    creates curiosity...

    So what do you like? Just curious.

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    Jun 21, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    You naked.

    Done.

    Thats a $3000 consulting fee plz. K, thx, bye.
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    I have no fucking idea what makes a good photo. icon_razz.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jun 21, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    When I take my vacation pictures, I try to capture the things I see that I find interesting. I'm not one for handing my camera at someone at standing in front of a landmark.

    Here are some of the pics I took on my last vacation to London and Paris:

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    Jun 21, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    I prefer pictures that don't look staged but show something that I don't normally encounter or would think of, documentary photos I guess. I have a book called City of Shadows which is a collection of Police photographs from Sydney, Australia dating from 1914-1948 and it has amazing gray scale mugshot photos. They're taken with the subject standing against a wall but the attitude of the people are just outstanding. You can tell the people that are used to being where they are and the ones that think it's funny, the subtlety is what makes the photos interesting.

    So if you were in a wheat field, I'd imagine you doing something seemingly peculiar to someone that's not generalized to the image of a wheat field like picking wheat stalks out of your boots or falling off the combine or shooing the dog away. The scenery creates itself.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 21, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    jim_e saidI prefer pictures that don't look staged but show something that I don't normally encounter or would think of, documentary photos I guess.

    So if you were in a wheat field, I'd imagine you doing something seemingly peculiar to someone that's not generalized to the image of a wheat field like picking wheat stalks out of your boots or falling off the combine or shooing the dog away. The scenery creates itself.



    Good point. I kind of think about that sort of thing. Appreciate the input.
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    Jun 21, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    Interesting, intriguing and not boring. We've all seen the senior style portraits, reach outside that box.

    Look at it from a different angle.
  • builtofbrick

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    Jun 21, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    you standing naked in tall shoots of wheat that cover the bare essentials would be an interesting shot lol
    or u in some overalls, just overalls, chewing a stalk of wheat, little over done but i like it lol

    but for other pictures, i like what they said earlier, ordinary things taken that show why u find them interesting.
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    suggestive nudity.
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    jim_e saidI prefer pictures that don't look staged but show something that I don't normally encounter or would think of, documentary photos I guess. I have a book called City of Shadows which is a collection of Police photographs from Sydney, Australia dating from 1914-1948 and it has amazing gray scale mugshot photos. They're taken with the subject standing against a wall but the attitude of the people are just outstanding. You can tell the people that are used to being where they are and the ones that think it's funny, the subtlety is what makes the photos interesting.

    So if you were in a wheat field, I'd imagine you doing something seemingly peculiar to someone that's not generalized to the image of a wheat field like picking wheat stalks out of your boots or falling off the combine or shooing the dog away. The scenery creates itself.


    It sounds like what makes these photographs compelling is that they suggest a life beyond the frame. There is personality and depth.

    A nice photograph would suggest a realtionship between you and wheat field. Maybe you are trying to tame it? Or maybe just hide in it.
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    hmmm when I think of a good picture, it's usually something that holds my attention for at least 10 seconds. Personally, I find that the best pictures are random or unsuspecting.
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    For photos of people, I like candid shots the best. Especially if it's a shot of a hot guy doing something he genuinely enjoys. I feel an air of sincerity in candid photos that's a refreshing change of pace from the pretense of fashion and model photography.
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidsuggestive nudity.


    LOL... now would I ever do that??
    Come come....

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    Actually the "wheat field" idea is off the table, since wheat harvest has moved into northern Kansas. The August ideas are pretty awesome. I've rarely seen this in RJ (I didn't say never)... looking forward to the effort.
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    like the guys above are saying, nothing too posed, modeling shots can be ok as long as they aren't awkward or forced. Also I hate it when photos are airbrushed beyond belief and/or they do that cheesy everything in black and white except for their blue t-shirt crap.

    The more natural the better; photography is all about capturing reality not misconstruing it.
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    Jun 21, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    Lostboy saidsuggestive nudity.


    LOL... now would I ever do that??
    Come come....

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    Actually the "wheat field" idea is off the table, since wheat harvest has moved into northern Kansas. The August ideas are pretty awesome. I've rarely seen this in RJ (I didn't say never)... looking forward to the effort.


    How about milking a cow?icon_biggrin.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 21, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    JeremiahSmith said
    HndsmKansan said
    Lostboy saidsuggestive nudity.


    LOL... now would I ever do that??
    Come come....

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    Actually the "wheat field" idea is off the table, since wheat harvest has moved into northern Kansas. The August ideas are pretty awesome. I've rarely seen this in RJ (I didn't say never)... looking forward to the effort.


    How about milking a cow?icon_biggrin.gif


    I think I'll pass, thanks
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    Jun 21, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    How about shots in your stable with the horse?
    The idea I have would be a 3-light setup: 1 backlight, 1 light pointed at the horse, 1 light pointed at you. Depending on the design of the stable, sunlight beaming through cracks can be substituted for the backlight as long as the strobes have enough juice to overpower the sun (which shouldn't be a problem with most modern strobes).

    Another idea...2-light setup: Place the lights about 20' apart in an open field, one at full power and one at half power, preferably at sunset. Photographer stands about 100' away at a slight angle. You hop on the horse and get it running as fast as possible toward the photographer, with the sun at your back. As you go between the lights, "pop" goes the lights and a picture is born.

    Or, if you prefer studio shots, take a trip here and use my 100'x100' hangar. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 21, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    any picture if you put Taylor Lautner in it.
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    Jun 22, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidGOOD PHOTOS: What makes a truly good picture?

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    Good composition, a touch of the unexpected and most importantly, a man behind the camera. This is my one summer photo of me, cruisin' doggy style, snapped today by a female friend. A gay man would've taken a better picture of me. A straight man would've taken a better picture of my car.
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    Jun 22, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    Like I said before, random pictures are the best...I don't know about other people, but I find this picture from the Vancouver riots to be absolutely beautiful.....I'm not exactly sure why I like this picture so much but I think the mystery of why they're making out in the middle of a riot is what makes it so appealing to me.

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    Jun 22, 2011 6:24 AM GMT
    Definitely, no "posed" pics. Try to capture the moment, rather than capture Blue Steel. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 22, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    skin makes a great photo icon_biggrin.gif





    but then again so does a smile. I dont know how many guys i would never message online because they look unhappy in most/all of the photos
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    Jun 22, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    Color, personality, and perspective. A good photograph tells me something about who you are. Whether you are showing me something or hiding something from me, I want you to communicate with me, the audience, through the photograph. Branch out!
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    Jun 22, 2011 7:55 AM GMT
    BlackCat90 saidLike I said before, random pictures are the best...I don't know about other people, but I find this picture from the Vancouver riots to be absolutely beautiful.....I'm not exactly sure why I like this picture so much but I think the mystery of why they're making out in the middle of a riot is what makes it so appealing to me.

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    That is an absolutely breath-taking photo. There are so many ways you can interpret this photo. And the contrast between the subjects and their surrounding just makes you think.

    Back to the OP, what makes a good photograph? One that captures life and tells a story, not false pretense poses.