David Osborn Photography. London. 2024.

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How to create good Photography.

The Problem

Photographers create weak pictures because they rely on their cameras to do all of the work. Cameras are tools; good tools don’t guarantee strong pictures; knowledge does. The cause of weak Photography is fixating on Photography; it makes you ignore all the broader knowledge you need to create strong, engaging Photography. – Photographers have all the photographic knowledge; the weakness is their lack of knowledge beyond Photography. The understanding of our Human Nature for ‘How pictures work’ and Artistic Knowledge to ‘Make pictures work.’ If we isolate Photography only as enjoyment, we will focus on enjoyment and not on learning how to make great pictures. – My role is to help teach you ‘How to create great pictures.’

The Solution

The average person probably lacks formal artistic knowledge but can identify a good picture. Why is this? – It’s because good Photography appeals to our human nature. People evaluate Photography based on their intuitive human nature, NOT their knowledge of Photography. A viewer ‘feels’ it’s good Photography but can’t explain why. Our job as ‘The Photographer’ is to understand why it’s good Photography, or we have no logical basis to know how to improve our Photography. – You will strengthen your Photography by learning how to produce good pictures for viewers. Your improvement starts by seeing your Photography from the viewer’s perspective and prioritizing the picture over your self-enjoyment. – It’s all about ‘The Picture.’

Improvement

We learn Human Nature first, then Artistic Knowledge, then Photography. Then, you have a foundation to make good Photography because you have the knowledge to understand the unbroken flow of logic from people to pictures. The logic behind ‘picture-making.’ Enthusiasts looking to improve turn to Photography for the answers, unaware the answers they need are not found in Photography. – Nowadays, digital cameras are so good and easy to use that the problem is probably not photographic; it’s probably an artistic problem or not understanding how people relate to pictures. – They make pictures that don’t conform to how people read pictures. – The pictures feel dead and clinical, they don’t evoke any emotional response.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

Forget Cameras. Understand Pictures

Photography doesn’t live in isolation. – We must see Photography in the context of Art, Photography and Art, in the context of Human Nature. – Human Nature is people at a fundamental level, the common denominator we share with everyone worldwide: Human Nature sets the rules. – If we know ‘How people respond to pictures,’ we can use the same rules to ‘Create pictures people respond to,’ using our Artistic Knowledge. – Photography alone will only record the images. – Therefore, we need less attention on Photography skills and more concentration on learning Human Nature and Artistic Principles. – If you know ‘Why pictures work,’ you know ‘How to make pictures work.’


The purpose of a picture is to benefit the viewer with a visually stimulating experience.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

Think Of Photography As Signals

Think of Photography as making a ‘signal,’ like an electronic signal. – Photographers create the signal by taking a photograph; the photograph transmits the signal to the viewer, and the viewer decodes it. – When decoded, the signal stimulates the viewer, and the viewer generates an emotional response. – A percentage of the signal gets ‘lost in transit.’ Therefore, the more pure we make the signal, the more efficient and effective it is. – A signal that is weak, confused, or noisy won’t work. As photographers, our job is to control the content and quality of ‘The Signal.’

Why Human Nature?

This ‘Green loop’ is perfect for creating engaging Photography. Everything starts with people’s human nature. Art is a human pursuit, so Artistic Knowledge is the next subject of our ‘Signal.’ Within art, our speciality is Photography, which makes our picture. These pictures then appeal to the viewer’s human nature because you accounted for human nature and artistic principles when you created the pictures. – If we don’t account for human nature when making pictures, our pictures aren’t engaging. – Human nature won’t adapt to our pictures; we must adapt our pictures to comply with human nature. We can’t do this if we don’t understand human nature.

The ‘Red loop’ is the standard approach to Photography, which causes your weaknesses and problems. – People are so fixated on Photography that they never learn how people relate to pictures or the artistic qualities of pictures that make pictures appeal to people. – This is how most teach Photography, and social media promote Photography. – It doesn’t work.

“This is the core of why my workshops are different. It’s knowledge learned from 40 years of work experience that most Photography tutors don’t have.”

Why Human Nature?

This ‘Green loop’ is perfect for creating engaging Photography. Everything starts with people’s human nature. Art is a human pursuit, so Artistic Knowledge is the next subject of our ‘Signal.’ Within art, our speciality is Photography, which makes our picture. These pictures then appeal to the viewer’s human nature because you accounted for human nature and artistic principles when you created the pictures. – If we don’t account for human nature when making pictures, our pictures aren’t engaging. – Human nature won’t adapt to our pictures; we must adapt our pictures to comply with human nature. We can’t do this if we don’t understand human nature.

The ‘Red loop’ is the standard approach to Photography, which causes your weaknesses and problems. – People are so fixated on Photography that they never learn how people relate to pictures or the artistic qualities of pictures that make pictures appeal to people. – This is how most teach Photography, and social media promote Photography. – It doesn’t work.

“This is the core of why my workshops are different. It’s knowledge learned from 40 years of work experience that most Photography tutors don’t have.”

Venice, Italy – Before & After Image.

What Makes Good Photography …

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

1. Thought Provoking

Ignites people’s curiosity.

Good Photography is thought-provoking. – What a photograph stimulates is more important than what it shows. The purpose is to stimulate the viewer’s curiosity, imagination, thoughts, and feelings. Evoke an emotional response. Pictures are like conversations; our picture makes a statement, and our viewer responds. – Photography that doesn’t stimulate us is a dead-end conversation, dull and uninteresting; viewers get no benefit or reward. – The viewer may not ‘like’ your picture, but it must ‘stimulate’ them. – Your ‘Purpose’ is self-enjoyment. The viewers ‘Purpose’ is to be mentally stimulated and have their curiosity and imagination ignited.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

2. Visually Stimulating

Appeals to the senses.

Good Photography is visually stimulating. The aim is to be ‘different’ first, not ‘better.’ Then be ‘different then better.’ Our human nature dictates that people prefer ‘different before better.’ Different ignites curiosity and imagination; better only sparks appreciation. Generic or literal only encourages disinterest or boredom.  We must make pictures visually stimulating, and we can make pictures to stimulate ‘people’ by knowing ‘How people are stimulated by pictures.’ More critically, by knowing how people respond to pictures, we can influence their response when creating pictures to generate a more powerful response. – This is the art of creativity.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

3. Artistically Appealing

Fluency in good visual language.

Visual art uses ‘Visual Language’ like writers use written language. Visual language is how we communicate visually, and it has principles called ‘Artistic Principles.’ Creative guidelines used by old master painters for creating works of art. – To evoke an emotional response, we must push the viewer’s emotional buttons in a visual way. Artistic knowledge shows us how to do this: ‘How to create photographs people will respond to.’ – Artistic knowledge translates our unrefined raw images into refined, ‘people-friendly,’ engaging Photography which stimulates people’s senses. Art is our ‘Translator’; the more fluent we are, the better our pictures will be.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

4. It's A Fine Balance

Different but understandable pictures.

Good Photography is in the sweet spot between two extremes. Literal pictures don’t benefit the viewer because they show viewers what they expect to see. Not showing anything new, they don’t ignite curiosity. Pictures viewers don’t understand won’t benefit viewers because they can’t engage with them. Engaging pictures use light, three-dimensional form, and a feel of spatial distance to give the picture a foundation of realism; this gives a point of reference to understand the picture. The artistic interpretation makes the picture different, which then stimulates the viewer’s mind and arouses the viewer’s curiosity, thoughts, and feelings.

Houses of Parliament, London, England.

“Photography knowledge alone isn’t broad enough to make you a good photographer.”

David Osborn Photography

My Workflow


People respond to light, form, distance, mood and atmosphere. – Spark people’s curiosity, show something different. – You create a good photograph.
– I will teach you how to do this.

Country Life, England – Before & After Image.

How I Create My Photography …

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

1. Photograph Assets

I use a tripod so all align in Photoshop.

Today, photographs aren’t the product of the camera but software. The camera only records ‘assets’ for Photoshop; where we create the photograph. The more assets we take, the more choices we have to create pictures. These assets are the Base image first: I try to get the final image in a single frame, to which I add improvements. Technical assets improve the technical quality: Exposures for shadow detail, etc. Artistic assets improve the content: Subjects not lit in the Base image, extra people, etc. Finally, various skies to improve mood and atmosphere. –  I take one composition using a tripod so everything aligns, and I often stitch Panoramics.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

2. Technical Perfection

Create the three-dimensional quality.

After compositing the assets with blending and masking, I make the photograph feel real but looks impersonal. – The aim is technical perfection. I make a strong three-dimensional illusion, enhancing the picture’s qualities of light, three-dimensional form, and spatial or atmospheric distance. This gives the picture a foundation of realism, a point of reference to understand it. Once the realistic three-dimensional illusion of reality is created, that underlying realistic feel is always present in the picture, no matter how radical the artistic treatment is. Creating rich and detailed shadows is critical. –  Realism helps the viewer relate to the photograph.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

3. Artistic Transformation

Make the picture my interpretation.

The final stage is to make the photograph feel unreal and personal: An interpretation. I apply the Artistic Principles of light, form, emphasis, contrast, variation, and cohesion, each in turn, to the picture. The workshop explains all of these principles. The emphasis is now on creating visual order and structure for the viewer’s efficiency. Mood and atmosphere for the viewer’s response. The picture should fit in one or more of these categories – Symbolism, connection, ambiguity, or innovation to ignite the viewer’s curiosity, again, all explained in the workshop. – I apply my personal artistic preferences to create photographs in my own artistic style.

David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

The Conclusion

Photography is self-expression.

Cameras include everything ‘they see,’ and ‘everything’ can ruin our ideal picture; cameras are unforgiving. – Very few photographs are perfect in the camera, but they can be transformed into great pictures if we embrace Photoshop. – Photoshop removes the total reliance on our camera; giving us the freedom to create like painters. When we take pictures, we must judge the subject not as we see it but by ‘what it could become.’ – Visualize its artistic and creative potential. We use the subject only as raw material. Photography is self-expression, but it only works if people understand what we are expressing. – All pictures have underlying principles that can be taught and learned. – My job is to teach you those principles in a concise way.

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain.

“Artistic knowledge translates unrefined raw images into refined, engaging Photography people respond to.”

David Osborn Photography


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David Osborn Photography, London, England. Teaching enthusiast photographers creative and artistic travel and landscape photography. One-to-one tuition, booked on demand. Online or in-person workshops.

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