Shoot With Your Senses


I get asked a lot of question when it comes to photography and just recently, I was asked what separates a good photo from an average photo?  The answer is .1% it’s a very thin line that is at the intersection of technique and the ability to capture a moment. The bottom-line, photography is both an art and a science. But, I’ll let you in on a little secret, no matter what visually awesome photograph you look at it always contains a mix of three items.

Visual Simplicity: The scene and subject are easily consumed in a visual gulp. It’s clear, crisp, and concise. The viewer doesn’t have to look twice to understand the shot.

Strong Design: The scene has a strong sense of design that guides the eye with balance and symmetry. Good photography usually has one identifiable center of interest, balanced visually over other elements within the scene.

Exciting Light: Light is everything to photography. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to add light, but you must be aware of light. Remember, light often makes or breaks a shot.

With all of that being said, don’t shoot with rules, shoot with your mind, your heart, and your senses. Furthermore Freeman Patterson said in his book Photography the Art of Seeing that, “a photographer should resist every temptation to codify the principales of visual design or to create pictorial formulas, because such attempts will stifle intuition, reduce emotional input, and put technique ahead of expression.”

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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