Part 2 :- Of Whats The Point Of Good Photographs (A Photographers View Point)
“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective” — IRVING PENN
You may remember my last blog was something I re-posed from a Fiona Scott, a media expert, who was explaining the value quality images have in her work and for the people and companies she advises. For me, it’s not only in the business world that this holds true, it’s in all walks of life. Good Images should always be able to tell a story and convey a feeling to the viewer on their own. Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Well, according to Wikipedia, it is! "A picture is worth a thousand words" is an English idiom. It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image or that an image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.” Who would argue with Wikipedia??
We all live in a digital age and pictures are being snapped all the time by our phones that we all carry. Go to a concert and you can see masses of people with hands in the air trying to record the music and take pictures with these phones. social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram help share what we get readily, it’s all good fun and sometimes we are lucky enough to capture a really great picture and that’s a real bonus. More often though, we don’t get what we would want and we hit the delete button or the picture sits on the memory card for a year before being deleted. I somehow doubt many of us would trust mobile phone for that “special or important photograph”, when we need to capture something exceptional such as our new born baby; celebrating a lifetime achievement, celebrating something special in our sporting life, a special picture to cherish of friends or loved ones or perhaps a beloved pet. Then it’s time to go to a good photographer, one you can trust and one that can create something special for you that stands out from the crowd. It won’t be something we can do on our phones – and I’m confident we wouldn’t expect the photographer to use one. That thought always makes me smile!
Of course, I’m not seriously saying or suggesting any professional photographer would use their mobile phone, but unfortunately, the photographic industry is unregulated and full of people that give a great sales pitch but that’s all you get from them. If you own a digital camera, does that make you a good photographer? I think not. Like with the mobile phone, you might be lucky enough to get the occasional nice photograph, but please don’t trust to luck. Photography captures moments…and they are soon gone and often there was only one chance.
So, for whatever it’s worth to you here’s some advice from me: When you’re choosing your photographer, please take the time and effort to look for someone that cares about your wishes. Make sure he or she has had real training, has proper qualifications and continues with their CPD (continued professional development) from recognised photographic trainers or professional bodies, like the SWPP (society of wedding and portrait photographers) or The Guild of photographers to name just two. I firmly believe this industry should be regulated in some format by a professional body and photographers charging for their services must hold a professional qualification before they can earn money from paying clients. Why should people waste their hard-earned cash? The lack of Regulation does the industry no favours, would you want a qualified mechanic to fix your car, a qualified electrician to work on your house, a qualified gas engineer to work on your appliances and you should expect the same from your photographer. In my view, if they’re not qualified to take your pictures, they’re not qualified to take your money.
You should expect your photographer to be technically able to properly structure and light your photograph and to be able to provide you with the images you seek. One of the most satisfying aspects of being a photographer is seeing the look on your clients face when your images exceed their expectations. I care greatly about every aspect of my photography from a technical perspective and take a huge pride in my work and in the service, I offer my clients. Please don’t settle for anything less.
The quality of an image really counts, believe me.
If you look at a picture and you like it, ask yourself why? Normally it’s because that image is saying something or conveying a feeling to you the viewer. Maybe it does speak a thousand words.
Perhaps you might like to look at this picture below and see what it says to you?
Do you think it works? If it does – why does it and what is it, you like? Just as importantly if it doesn’t work for you, think about why and what would you like to change?
I think there is a great connection between Hattie and her horse, a really loving connection.
It’s a simple exercise but it’s an important one. Don’t take what you’re given unless it what you want and it works for you. If it’s not what you want and it doesn’t work for you, don’t accept it and keep going until its right. Your photographer should already know what you seek, advised you accordingly and should want nothing less than to exceed your expectations.
Credits to Hattie Jackson, thank you.
If you would like a commissioned piece of fine art for yourself, I would be delighted to hear from you.
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