Do you like one of your photos and would you like to know if this photo is interesting? Want to know what other people think of this photo? Whether or not you are wrong about its interest?
I present my method to you in the video below. I’m telling you what a unique photo is for me. And how you can tell if one of your photos has that special character. I give you some other leads below to help you understand what makes a photo interesting.
” We do not always know in advance if we have chosen the ideal moment“. This is Steve schapiro, American photographer, who mentions this statement in a report dedicated to him. And as he describes it next, it is the answer to this question which determines, for him, the uniqueness or not of a photo.
Why is a photo interesting or unique?
I give you my definition of a unique photo while encouraging you to participate in the debate and leave a comment to let me know your opinion because there are many possible answers.
For me a photo is interesting if:
- it is out of the ordinary and makes the viewer react,
- it causes an emotion,
- she makes people laugh,
- it makes you want to escape,
- you envy it and you would have liked to do it,
In the end, it is a photo that you will remember and which will be able to integrate your portfolio, your website, your Best Of.
How do you know if a photo is interesting?
Rule # 1: show it
To know if one of your photos has something to arouse the admiration of others, you have to start by showing it! Otherwise you will have no return and you will not be able to move forward.
I usually post photos like this, for the sole purpose of showing them and seeing what they become: some are appreciated, others are not and that allows me to sort it out.
I always try to show one photo that I find interesting among others, in order to put this image in context. A photo taken out of context generally does not receive the same opinions.
I also try to show this photo to as many people as possible: it is only by having many spectators that your photo will collect – or not – opinions.
I make sure to vary the audiences: some photo enthusiasts are not sensitive to all styles, it is important to take everyone into account.
Finally, I make sure to show the photo at different times during the day and during the year because there too the context can be important. The medium also matters: between the reduced size of Instagram and the large exhibition paper print, opinions change!
Rule # 2: seek real reviews
A “Like” on social networks is not a true opinion on your image. It is a sign of complacency, most of the time, even the act of a robot and not of a human being (I tell you why in the video).
An interesting comment, an opinion, should come from someone who has taken their time to write a sentence or two. And convey what he feels.
Do not neglect these opinions, respond and generate discussion. The more questions you ask, the more feedback and interesting material you will get.
Rule # 3: know how to take a step back
Some comments are intentionally provocative, not constructive. They are made by people who are not interested in you, at the best of times. Or people who are only looking to harm you for different reasons.
Do not react to these provocative comments, their authors are waiting for it. On the other hand, take the time to understand why these messages could have been sent. What made these people react and what does this give you as information about your photo?
Be aware of the interesting things, there is always a lot to be learned from a negative comment, and if it’s argued, even better.
Learn more about the books shown in the video
The two books that I present in the video are:
To you: why do you think a photo is interesting?
Do you want to react to this video show? Do you have a different opinion from mine? Leave a comment and let’s talk!