March 2, 2021

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What makes a good photo

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There are technically flawless photos in which everything seems to be just right. Often they are an attempt to create a reflection of reality. Sometimes, however, these pictures seem to be missing something.

A “good” photo conveys emotions and moods that are not necessarily positive or pleasant. You don’t always like what you see. That a photo delights everyone is not important. Of course, pictures should please, but first and foremost they must give something to the photographer.

A really interesting shot stays in the viewer’s memory, regardless of whether it has technical flaws such as blur or incorrect exposure. For the success of meaningful photos is also not necessarily an extensive and expensive photographic equipment required. Much more important than the use of expensive technology is the eye behind the camera, is the examination of the subject.

You don’t need professional equipment to take interesting photos. Believe it or not, some of the photos shown here I took with a normal digital compact camera and not with a professional camera. I even use the “simple” camera very consciously, depending on the situation. It has some decisive advantages for me, for example it fits into my hand luggage at any time. It is inconspicuous and allows me to get very close to the subject without an additional lens.

You can tell from a good picture if you were really there

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional photographer, it’s often impossible to take a few excellent pictures in a hurry. If you jump out of the car, snap a picture and drive on, you can hardly get first-class photos. In my opinion, the most important basic rule of photography is: the more you study your subject, look at it from all possible angles, and have patience for the right moment, the more likely you are to be rewarded with a successful photo.

The best thing to do is to look around calmly first, to sit down quietly for five minutes to let the entire situation and all the impressions take effect on you. What do you like? What would you like to photograph? Is it rather the overall impression or a detail from this whole that interests you?

take the small white ship on the Rhine, the “Willi Ostermann,” as an example of the usual approach to finding a good perspective. The first thing to do is to look closely at the entire environment of the ship: the bridge in the background, the opposite river bank and the other ships on the Rhine. If you get closer, you will discover details such as the ropes with which the ship is moored or the metal railing on the bank, which, however, you don’t want in the picture at all. Maybe the ship is in the shade, although it was shining so beautifully in the sun just a minute ago. Maybe a cloud has just appeared in front of the sun?

Change the perspective. Change your point of view. Move sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right. Take your camera and look through the viewfinder, no matter from which side. Crouch down and hold your camera through the metal bars of the railing on the banks of the Rhine. Which perspective do you like best? From below, from above, from the left or right? Now a little patience and the people in the background have arrived exactly in the part of the picture where you want them to be. Probably now the cloud in front of the sun has also disappeared. Only now do you release the camera. Take several photos, even from different positions. If you use a digital camera, you don’t have to worry about wasting material. Perhaps you will discover details in your pictures at home that you did not notice during the shooting, or you will like one of the other perspectives much better in retrospect. This way, you won’t have to fret if a shot is blurred or out of focus.

My tip: Please do not take pictures “in passing”! As a rule, they don’t turn out well. Take your time. Get down on your knees or lie down on the ground if this gives you the best perspective. You will see – it is worth it.

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