A Great Image must have Emotional Impact… we all see 1,000’s of images a day. The Greats Ones are those that stay in our mind. We can feel, touch, or smell that image in our mind because of the creative use of Texture, Depth of Field, or the Rule of Thirds, etc. Great photos make us want to look again and again. Not all Artists are Photographers, but all Great Photographers are Artists! I have seen thousands of movies in my lifetime. Those that make me laugh, cry, or even feel upset I tend to remember. It’s the same with still photos. If you can make someone feel something they were not feeling before they viewed your work, then you have a strong possibility that it’s award-winning material.
These are not the only factors in who wins and who does not, but they are the most common. If every time you enter a photo contest; your entry passes these four tests… the odds of winning have just increased by a thousand fold. It is true that creativity is in the eye of the beholder, but unless you think about these four areas, you may be the only one beholding your image. In most cases, winning photographs don’t just happen. They are designed to win.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. A must watch album for every aspiring bride.