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Tareq M. Alhamrani
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2006
 

What are the keys for successful photo?


What are the keys and tips or rules for a good successful photo?


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1/19/2007 10:10:31 AM

 
Who Me? 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  That will depend on who is viewing or buying it.


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1/19/2007 11:57:51 AM

 
W.    "What are the keys and tips or rules for a good successful photo?"

They're all in the book, Tareq.


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1/19/2007 12:19:13 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Thats a really big question for a chat board.
Lighting, composition & exposure - then you get into things like the rule of 3rds and Depth of field (depending on what you are shooting). I highly recommend Jim Zuckermans book Perfect Exposure and there are a lot of great classes here to take. Learn to shoot manually so you can think like a camera.


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1/19/2007 12:37:45 PM

 
Tareq M. Alhamrani
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2006
  In fact I need that keys to get successful photos.
I have many books and I read about rules of photography on the net, though still I can't reach to have that better photos.
I like my photos and happy with them, but it is others who see that my photos are not so, I can't read what in people minds or thier tastes, even though sometimes it is difficult or not allowed to have those photos which people will accept it as successful.
And most important sometimes photos that others like it and consider it as successful are not so satsified by the photographer himself, it is like I have to shoot for others

Thank you, more opinions waiting.


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1/19/2007 1:34:10 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  I feel your best work will be doing what you want to do as far as what you see as art. Unless you are doing weddings or contracted to capture specific images for a client, shoot what you are passionate about. The rule of thirds makes images pleasing to the eye. You can take an ordinary object and if the lighting & exposure are exceptional, you will have a succesful capture but many people may not care for it. If you were to shoot Brittney Spears tripping over a monkey - the photo would not even require proper exposure or sharp focus and would still be greatly valued by many people.
I too would like people to like my work but I know that everyone has a different eye when looking at art or photography. Look through the contest winners photos and when you find something that appeals to you, ask yourself what is appealing about it. Again, there are some great classes here that address these type of issues.
Hope this helps.


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1/19/2007 2:28:01 PM

 
Tareq M. Alhamrani
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2006
  Thank you Carlton.
In fact I want to take courses only and only I am there with the lecturer face to face, I don't want to take courses online.
I am far away from USA and Europe where the places of courses, so I think as long I am in my country I can't find something that is interesting for many people or I can't improve myself, I even took a course it considered to be a pro one but I find it was not so good, only teaching basics and nothing more, these basics I got it from books and online even I learned more and more from these books or online than this course so I think I need a really serious professional course, too bad it is not available here.

I understand that if I have to get my photos exposed then I have to shoot famous people in unusal poses, or mostly those photos about poverty and natural disasters victims, it is like people want something unusal moe something as art, in addition most natures photos are available in your countries, just I wish if I live there then for sure I will have those stunning amazing successful photos simply.

Thank you for help and I will see others responds.


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1/20/2007 1:58:50 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Tereq,
I am currently taking my 5th & 6th Better photo courses now and I can tell you that my photography has improved greatly in all aspects from how to see the light and use it to your advantage to becoming more knowledgable about photoshop and in the process I get a better idea of what I want to acheive with my photography and have learned to think differently when framing a photo.


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1/20/2007 4:49:24 PM

 
Tareq M. Alhamrani
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2006
  I want to take courses with teachers better as I am not an English language person, I am arabic, so better for me to learn it live.
I am sure here are great courses to learn but I don't know what much more I can get from courses here more than what I can get from books and forums all over the net, I even use chatting in some rooms and I can find many answers, but if those teachers here are much better in teaching then I want to meet them real then exchanging information online as I do with many everyday.
and don't forget I want to take workshops, I am much better in workshops than lectures explanations.
All photos I got are done by myself teaching with some Backgrounds I got from here and there.

Thank you for your reply, I appreciate that alot.


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1/21/2007 7:00:10 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Break down your intended photo down into four components:
*Light
*Composition
*Background
*Point of Interest

Then implement these elements and concepts to realize your mind's-eye vision.

Work this process in reverse...first selecting a point of interest (subject), then deciding upon a suitable background to compliment the subject.
Next, carefully compose the frame to create a balanced scene...one that you find visually appealing.
And finally, decide how you will light your subject. If natural sunlight is used, move around to different positions to see how the light will change the perspective.
In a studio set up, try moving the lights around and adding, deleting or diffusing light sources to get differing results.

Then bracket for exposure...and also for composition. (i.e...change your angle, change your DOF and point of critical focus...etc.)

Of course, if you happen upon Britney and that monkey,...just set to auto shoot fast! :)

Bob


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1/22/2007 5:08:44 AM

 
Tareq M. Alhamrani
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2006
  Hi Bob,

Thank you for that advice.
I will keep those in my mind next time I will shoot.
I feel so upset and sad that I can't have a good free time to shoot, always coming back from work and mind is bad so then difficult to concentrate on subjects and shooting fast.
Someday I will have full time to do photography and then I will follow those tips you gave me and see how will be the results.


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1/22/2007 9:47:43 AM

 
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