What makes a great photo? Here’s how you can know.

Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E

“My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.”

Richard Avedon


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ‘thank goodness I decided to participate in the WordPress weekly photo challenges!” I have learnt a lot about my camera, used settings I never knew existed, tried different angles for shots, absorbed as many photo taking tips as possible but best of all, I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of other bloggers who form a vibrant part of this awesome community.

Yet I sometimes feel as though I am several hundred light years behind the ‘Masters of Photography’ i.e. those who get it right every single time, effortlessly balancing clarity and colour (or no colour) with beauty, while stimulating interest at the same time.  It can be discouraging, especially when I visit other blogs and realise my poor little photos are so incredibly boring, with nothing that would elicit any exclamations of  ‘ooohs!’ or ‘ahhhhs!’ or ‘what an amazing shot!’

The question for me therefore is this: what does it really take to make a great photograph? Is it a rainbow high up in the sky after a shower of rain? Does it include beautiful flowers, playful children, a well-loved pet or acres of wild grass in a field? Maybe it’s a frame that highlights a world issue up close such as poverty, war or an un-justice against mankind.

I honestly don’t have the answer as yet … but thankfully Steve McCurry does (and he offers a few other good tips too).


Click on the link to see one such example of Steve’s exceptionally great photography


“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Ansel Adams

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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