How do I make my photos look like that?

If you want to make photos that have an impact on the viewer, consider perspective and composition as key elements. This photo puts the viewer in front of a small crashing wave. They might imagine they would have gotten wet while making this photograph (...and they would be right). The lower perspective here is putting the viewer literally in the water, and maybe giving them that feeling of "Oh, I'm about to get soaked." The lens I used here is an Ultra-wide angle lens and I was less than a foot away from the crashing wave's leading edge. The composition here uses classic balance and the "rule of thirds" for a pleasing composition. Adding to the impact we have with the perspective and composition, the action of the wave crashing is illustrated by the movement that can be seen in the water at the bottom of the image. Showing motion in a photograph is something I've always liked, but just showing motion isn't always enough. Always be on the lookout for a subject that you can add to create interest for the viewer. The old remnants of dock pilings in the background here sort of "lead" the viewer to the other part of the photograph, adding an element of interest. If the viewer doesn't have a reason to make them keep looking, you'll find yourself telling the viewer what YOU think is interesting about the photo, and for the viewer, they were done looking at the image before you started talking. A good photograph needs no explanation. It tells the story all by itself.

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    Nicki Rondeau (Saturday, 04 February 2017 16:08)

    Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thanks