What Makes A Great Photograph

The question or statement has been discussed by many; photographers, contest judges, artists, and the public.  A great photograph will vary on the subject, though there are some common elements.  The great photograph is one that is memorable and can be recalled easily.  For example, the photos of the very thin prisoners in the liberated concentration camps of World War II catches your eye and can’t easily be forgotten.  A great photograph also can be understood by many people, no matter their culture or background.  The recent London Olympics had photos of athletes in tears after coming in fourth place, just missing out on a medal. Another element of a great photograph is the main subject can be easily identifed.  The colors of fireworks in the night sky in a large city can be recognized as being either the Fourth of July or the New Year’s celebration.  A personal event also makes for a great photograph; weddings, births, graduations, birthdays, reunions, or vacations.

What do you believe makes a great photograph?  Is it the subject?  The location where the image was created?  The emotions portrayed in the photograph? Or if the photogaph is personal?  Or is it the way the photograph was created?

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About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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