Photography has been around since 1839 when Louis Daguerre fixed up the work of Nicéphore Niépce who in turn, was attempting to fix the issues his predecessors had come upon when trying to capture images with light. Daguerre developed what is known as the daguerreotype process—which was the first photographic process that could be viably used for practical or commercial purposes. Whether it is traditional photography or our favorite—light photography, there is some qualities that certainly separate good photos from bad ones.

Is the Photo Clear?

Many people can get caught up in taking breathtaking, powerful photos that elicit strong emotions and maybe define the times we live in. We can argue symbolism, scope, composition and all manner of things, so much so that it’s easy to forget the simplest thing: is the photo clear, or blurry? The bane of the amateur photographer is capturing a precious moment or taking a photo that would be immaculate if it were not for the fact that the camera went out of focus or the photographer has shaky hands!

The first step to mastering any art form is to first get a good technical foundation that allows you to properly express yourself when inspiration strikes. Photography is no different, being able to focus on the right things in the frame and using lighting to your advantage are all things that are easy to understand but hard to master.

Excellent Composition

Some common compositional techniques include manipulating depth of space, using negative space, symmetry, and framing the shot. I mentioned framing the shot last but it’s really the foundational compositional technique that makes a photo in the most basic sense, good. An obvious example of poor framing is attempting to take a picture of an object or subject and unintentionally cutting off a portion of it/them. More complex framing involves the juxtaposition of elements to create a meaningful contrast.

rule of two thirds

A popular technique is called the rule of two thirds. This rule is when a photo is framed in such a way that the object/subject is positioned at the intersection where the horizontal plane meets the vertical plane at two thirds. Typically, the scenery will span the entire width of the shot, and the subject or object will be positioned two-thirds of the way up to create a striking composition.

Storytelling, Candidness & Emotions

These three are grouped together because they often go together. Most people are not splendidly good actors or actresses, and thus candid shots always end up being the best. There is no performative aspect, the subject is capture quite literally in the moment. These photos tend to be the most genuine and if you ask anyone when choosing the best pictures from a night out or a party, the best photos tend to be the ones that tell the story of the night. Seldom are these photos one in which people line up or pose.

Boca Raton Photographers

Out of all those things, the most important is the last: emotions. At Shot In The Dark LLC, we firmly believe that the best part of our job as photographers is the moment in which you see the photo. That moment where a smile creeps over your face or your jaw drops—we live for that moment. We think photography should inspire you and leave a sense of awe. That’s why we love light photography and spend every day perfecting our craft. If you’d like to book a shoot, contact us here and let’s get started making memories!