The final photograph.


The final photograph has the feel of a painting and the detail of photography. It retains a quality of realism through the light, three-dimensional form, and atmospheric distance as points of reference to understand the picture and an artistic transformation to make it thought-provoking and stimulating. Literal pictures don’t do this. Literal pictures give us ‘what we expect to see’ in a way ‘we’ve seen before.’ There’s little curiosity in seeing what we know; we must show viewers something they ‘don’t expect to see,’ an interpretation or artistic transformation, but not a literal depiction.


You may not ‘like’ the picture, but is it ‘thought-provoking? Does it ‘stimulate’ your curiosity?  – If it ‘stimulated’ you, it’s a good picture.


Photography is visual and artistic language. Like written or spoken language, it must be learned. Using a pen doesn’t make us good writers; using a camera doesn’t make us good photographers. Fluency in visual language dictates whether we create good pictures. This article provides a short insight into how visual language works.


I run short online, personal one-to-one workshops if you want to learn the language in detail. Everyone can learn visual language. The more fluent you are, the better your pictures will be.


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