New York Institute of Photography



* – from NYIP

 Three Basic Guidelines for Great Photographs

1. A good photograph has a clear subject

Every photograph is about someone or something. It may even tell a story about the subject. Whoever looks at the photo immediately sees this subject. It is clear and unambiguous. We sometimes call the subject a theme.

2. A good photograph focuses attention on the subject

The viewer’s eye is immediately drawn to the subject.

3. A good photograph simplifies

The photograph includes only those elements that draw the eye to the subject, and it excludes or diminishes those elements that might draw the eye away from the subject.


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