What Makes a Photo Beautiful?

  • 4th April 2017

It is a question that every photographer can answer intuitively by showing you an example from their portfolio, but how do you break that feeling of beauty and wonder down and put the feelings into simple words on a side of paper?

The first thing that you need to consider is the subject matter, and its relationship to the audience. What two people consider beautiful will vary, that is only natural and comes from a broad spectrum of differences such as outlook, cultural exposure, and mood, to name just a few.

Next, you need to consider the color and lighting. How do they complement one another, and how do they interleave? Professionals and critics may go into a level of detail that loses the average camera enthusiast, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your own opinion, and don’t worry about it differing from the experts.

Photography is at heart a personal experience, and one where there are artistic conventions, but no definite answers or rights and wrongs. That’s what makes it so unique. If you take a whole burst of photos, how do you separate out the one perfect image in the sequence that is far more than just another duplicate photo that looks like the ones either side of it?

This is where you can use a little bit of science in the mix. Pieces of software like Photo Duplicate Cleaner allow you to compare near identical photos side by side, so that you can focus on what goes into making that next perfect addition to your body of work. By being able to see the two images next to one another with the click of a button, you can dive into the depths of every image, and discover what it truly means for a photo to be beautiful.


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