What Makes An Interesting Photo?

Photography appreciation is subjective.

You might find a photo interesting or beautiful,

And I might not.

In general, there are a few things you can do to make more interesting photos, though.

(This is true whether you’re using photography to document life, or as an artistic tool for creative expression.)

Today, I’ll talk about two ways to make your photos more interesting.

Most people see an interesting subject, raise the camera to their eye, and snap the shutter.

Changing up your point of view will often make that same subject look more interesting.

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For the above shot, I got behind the bike, squatted down low to the ground, and composed the shot in manner which included the bike, the path, and the ocean.  The bike itself leads the viewer’s eye into the frame and towards the water.  The result is more visually appealing than if I had faced the bike head on, standing up, and clicked the shutter.

Guess what?

It’s more work to move your body vs. standing in one spot and shooting.  Who knew?

Physically moving around a subject, and experimenting with different points of view, will lead to more interesting photos.

Another way to add interest to your photos, is by intentionally intriguing the viewer.

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The above photo is titled Fly Me To The Moon.

It requires a little work on the part of the viewer.

I took this shot on my way home from a cross country trip.  I was exhausted.  It was a beautiful night, with a full moon.  I had left rural countryside and flown into Los Angeles.

All of these factors contributed to my mood, and style, when I shot it.

The road reflectors lead the viewer’s eye into the frame where they discover the tail lights of a truck.  The scene, with the full moon above, then falls into place.

To me, at least, it’s a more interesting photo than if I had just taken a sharp, in focus, photo of an L.A. freeway.

As you compose your photos, try to visualize the end product.

Is there a better way to catch the viewer’s eye?

Or will you just take the “expected” shot?

Remember, there’s a big difference between taking and making a photo.

Almost anyone can take a photo, but photographers make photos.

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