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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    The question is a little akimbo.
    All photographs have merit in some way. It is a medium for recording a fragment or period of time and can mean many things to all people.

    For the artists amongst us:

    • Composition
    • Impact
    • Technical mastery.

    I completely agree and in no particular order, but impact may be the most important in transporting the image to the level of "art" or "moving" the viewer.
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    RE: Three most important factors in producing a photographic image

    I got a book of Bresson photos (Silence within?) and was struck by how technically poor yet utterly compelling many of his portraits were. IMO composition and timing (temporal composition?) are key. On a separate note, the subject is often irrelevant for abstract work while for others technical excellence is of highest importance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    What would you say are the three most important factors in producing a photographic image? For me they are composition, composition and composition.
    Composition, form, texture, and light.
    I know, that makes four. There are four "most important" factors.

    I guess if you insist on three, you could lump form and composition together.

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    Okay, I'll play...

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    A generous dose of potassium nitrate... or Viagra, depending on the situation.

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    Vision, vision, vision
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    Good subject matter is completely subjective, timing is dependent on the nature of your subject, quality of light is a subjective decision and technical perfection is mostly subjective. Good composition however has cultural norms and aesthetic standards that appear intuitive, but are in fact mostly analytical and part reference to the lineage of painting, cinema and still photography.

    In that case, if I was forced to choose three, I'd go with education (in visual art, self-taught or otherwise, but disciplined and broad), composition*, and personal integrity.

    *Composition - shouldn't be read as a puzzle with one learned, academic solution - it's mostly analytical in the sense that there is soooo much information* and each person will make their own conclusion. That's where personal integrity comes in. We're not computers, despite the word I've used below!

    *Information - it's dangerous when making photographs to think in terms of 'objects', which only leads to the defeatist idea that "everything has been photographed". (I'll stop editing here, but...) Some photographers think in terms of 'objects' as symbols, which is information.
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    Probably the most expensive lens and top of the line body.... no?
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    tkamiya - actually that's about as valid as anything else said so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    Good subject matter is completely subjective, timing is dependent on the nature of your subject, quality of light is a subjective decision and technical perfection is mostly subjective. Good composition however has cultural norms and aesthetic standards that appear intuitive, but are in fact mostly analytical and part reference to the lineage of painting, cinema and still photography.

    In that case, if I was forced to choose three, I'd go with education (in visual art, self-taught or otherwise, but disciplined and broad), composition*, and personal integrity.

    *Composition - shouldn't be read as a puzzle with one learned, academic solution - it's mostly analytical in the sense that there is soooo much information* and each person will make their own conclusion. That's where personal integrity comes in. We're not computers, despite the word I've used below!

    *Information - it's dangerous when making photographs to think in terms of 'objects', which only leads to the defeatist idea that "everything has been photographed". (I'll stop editing here, but...) Some photographers think in terms of 'objects' as symbols, which is information.
    I think you have some very valid points. Well said.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    What would you say are the three most important factors in producing a photographic image? For me they are composition, composition and composition.
    Then you will have beautifully composed pictures that mean absolutely nothing
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