14 minutes | Feb 17th 2021

#5: 3 Steps to creating a WOW photo

The transition from taking a snapshot and recording a moment in time to capture a WOW photo can be attributed to how you: Identifying a photographic opportunity and recognising your intention Set up the photo - pre-planning the photo capture Photo editing - enhance the viewer's experience after the photo In this episode, I concentrate on three easy to implement steps to dramatically improve the way you set up the photo. To make certain your photos stand out and give your audience the ‘WOW’ factor, there are three elements to consider: Grab your viewer’s immediate attention; Clearly communicate the subject or story; Demonstrate strong composition techniques. 1. Grab your viewer’s attention Technical elements of a photo can instantly grab our attention: Bright and vivid colour Contrast - black and white Very sharp incredible detail Extreme close-up A dominant colour Different angle or perspective Upside down photo Strong emotional connection 2. Clearly communicate the subject or story Photography is an art form, capturing light, colour and movement in an attempt to tell a story for immediate enjoyment, communication or future recollection. To effectively tell a story – you need to be conscious of what you are trying to communicate. Why did you pull the smartphone out of your handbag or pocket? Is it a message, a mood, an emotion, an idea or a combination of any of these? What I love about photography is that the viewers can interpret your image differently based on their own experiences and memories. 3. Strong composition The composition of the photo is how the main subject and other elements in the image interact with each other.  Effective composition can guide the viewer through your photo and ensure they focus on the correct element/s. Knowing how we interpret a typical scene will help us to create an image that is easily understood and increase viewer engagement. Sounds very manipulative - doesn't it? These considerations will make a big difference to capture a WOW photo. ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Take the Photo Creativity Challenge: This 14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge is the key to quickly unleash your photo creativity through simple processes, so you can confidently capture interesting photos anytime in any location bit.ly/3aBXPhy ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Tutorials: Practical, jargon-free articles on the photo set up, capture and photo editing techniques bit.ly/2ZGgILh  ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Accessories: Struman Optics lens accessories bit.ly/3gv9JuC ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Community: Join our amazing Smartphone Photography Club (FB group) to participating in photo themes, share techniques and tips. bit.ly/2ZX6feN ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Email List: Stay up to date on the latest articles and tutorials bit.ly/sptemail  Passionate - Creative - Curious - Mike
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