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What Makes A Good "Street Photograph?"

David J. Carol


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DAVID J. CAROL


Here's the deal with what makes a "good" street photograph. It's simple to say and quite challenging for many to execute. Ready...

Show something interesting, compelling, humorous, scary, peculiar, surreal or pretty much anything that is visually unique that people wouldn't see if you had not made the photograph.

Show it in a photographically simple, organized and obvious way. Don't show us something we have seen a thousand times already.

Here's an example that I think makes my point:

We have a focus point (the baby's expression) that draws you in and additional contrasting elements (the people's backs and matching hands stop the eye from wandering out of the frame). I try to keep it simple, but that doesn't mean it has to be a simple image. Just my opinion...

Oh yes, "Where's the Monkey?" You tell me...

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