what makes a good photographer?

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  1. Abstract

    Abstract TPF Noob!

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    In your words what makes a good photographer? I'm sure we all have wondered this at some time, I'm curious as to everyones thoughts. Look forward to reading your replies :hugs:
     
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    That's a very big question. The problem with answering it is that everyone has a different interpretation of what makes a good photographer. At first I might answer "someone who takes good pictures" but then have to get into what makes a good picture. If someone takes pictures of only sunsets and flower and the pictures look great I wouldn't necessarily consider them a good photographer because the subject matter it what contains the beauty, not the photo.

    In my opinion a good photographer is someone who can convey a message or emotion on film (or digital) but also takes takes into account aesthetics considerations such as depth of field, lighting, color or black and white, etc...
     
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    Vision, and I mean "vision" not "sight".

    If you can't envision the frame you can't shoot it.
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Photography is an art, a craft that few master. But if you are one of the handfull that it can be said is in fact a master of thier art, then you are truly a great photographer. Most photographers take pictures, good photographers make photographs, great photographers produce masterpieces.
     
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    Depends as to the context of 'good photographer'.
    A good portrait photographer possesses different qualities and skills to a good advertising photographer, who in turn has different skills and qualities to a medical photographer who, in turn, has... and so on.
    In professional terms, and from the view of an editor, a 'good' photographer is someone who can hit a deadline. From an Art Director's PoV it's one who does as he's told. And from the client's PoV it's one who can read their mind :lol:




    This question is a bit like asking 'what makes a good doctor?'
    The answer is 'if you wake up next morning and you're still alive, then he's a good doctor.' ;)
     
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    Being able to produce the image they're after.
     
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    In my experience that isn't always a major consideration.
     
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    In my opinion, it is - which is why I gave it as my opinion. :hertz:
     
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    And being basically a humourous sort of person I often post things that are light hearted or not be taken seriously (insert here the appropriate smillie so people know I'm being a joker and to treat my comments with the levity they deserve).
     
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    vixenta Hands Off Me Haggis!

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    Is that so mr know-it-all! :lmao:
    Hey that rhymes too, man am i good!
     
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    An artist who can produce an image that makes most people feel what it was intended for them to feel... But that is a very personal opinion.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm presently reading his book (some 50 years old and still very interesting) "The Creative Photographer". He has developed quite an interesting philosophy on what makes a good photographer!

    This is where I found the quotation: http://www.photoquotes.com/ShowQuotes.asp?ID=381&Name=Feininger,_Andreas&Type=Q
     
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