What makes a photograph good?

First of all, I apologize for the lack of updates to this blog in the last few months. To avoid comment spam, I turned of comments altogether and then started to wonder if anyone actually reads my blog. Lately quite a few of you have pinged me directly making me realize that this blog does have followers. My bad. I promise to make more frequent posts in the future.

So lets get back to photography. One of the common questions I get about photography is what settings I use and if I really use all the bells and whistles in my camera. That tells me that most of you are unfortunately approaching DSLR photography from the wrong angle (pardon the pun). All the bells and whistles in the camera will do you no good unless you know what you want the camera to do. What do you want the camera to do? In order to do answer that we have to understand what makes a good photograph. It is a deceptively simple question because pretty much everyone can tell a good photograph from a bad one but cannot particularly break it down into distinct factors. Here is my attempt to break it down in no particular order:

  • Exposure
  • Focus
  • Composition
  • Perspective
  • Color
  • Depth of Field
  • Sharpness
  • Contrast
  • Lighting

Understanding how to get these individual factors right will naturally lead us to asking the camera to do specific things such as increasing exposure, decreasing depth of field etc., We can then map these specific requests to settings and adjustments to the camera. In the next few posts I will start addressing each of these factors. The comments section are open again. So please let me know you feedback and what you would like me to address.