Photo by Ganjar Rahayu
People often ask – What makes a good photo? Most of the answers I have heard to this question, seem to focus on the technical aspects of photography such as the rule of thirds. I, however, believe the question people really want to ask is – How can I take photos that others want to see and share? The fundamental difference in the two questions is that the first question can be answered by you from a technical standpoint while the second question can only be answered by your audience. This is why the feedback you can get from the VotoArt Community is invaluable to you as a photographer.
Is it a Good Photo?
If I enter a photo that I really like into a VotoArt WonUP contest, but the site users do not vote for it , is that a good photo? The votes say no but there is good news. Here is the good news. A photo that does not win still has value, because it provides valuable feedback from your audience. For example, on VotoArt I can view the voting history and learn what technical aspects my audience did or did not like. This is invaluable for me as a photographer. I can see if my photo had a good general impression, what voters thought of the color and lighting and how they evaluated the composition and focus.
You can use the feedback from the VotoArt community in understanding the impact of technical elements on the viewers and why they may not be connecting with a photo. For example, shooting a puppy from a lower angle will cause the viewer to see that puppy as powerful rather than cute. So shooting a cute puppy from a low angle may have caused a disconnect with my audience which will show up in the voting. By understanding the impact that angles, color, lighting, focus and other technical aspects have on your viewers, you can be more effective in connecting with them on an emotional level.
It is important for you to define your success.
What if your photo is deemed a technical zero by a photography expert but it goes viral on the Internet, is that a good photo? Some people will say yes and some people will say no. So the question becomes- how do you define your success? Will you measure your success by the opinion of a proclaimed expert, by the response of the masses, by your own inner passion or perhaps some other form of measurement? Defining success comes down to your own purpose for taking photos.No matter how you decide to define your success VotoArt provides a way for you to measure that success. If you want to see if your photos can actually make money VotoArt provides Weekly Cash Contests and Business Sponsorships. If you are selling your prints you can gain exposure and network with others by linking to your own URL and sharing photos and awards on your social media channels. If you want lots of feedback from your audience the Pro Account allows you to view the entire voting history of a photo.
No matter how you have defined your own success the key to that success is to get your audience to emotionally connect with your photo.
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If you would to read what some Top Photographers have to say about this topic here is an article you will want to read. Answers from top Photographers