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What makes a good photo?

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Sweet orange It has been about 6 months now since I bought my first DSLR camera that got me into photography.

After much thought I bought my second lens for a better shot on far subjects. I did get a good shot but after that it made me think, what really makes a good shot.A lot of people would say a good camera with a high megapixel will surely generate a good clean looking image and others it is a natural talent to get crisp and awesome shots. I am new to really taking photos though taking a snapshot is long been in me since having a phone with a camera should do the trick.

It is no doubt that a good camera would surely deliver a good image. I was torn between a Nikon and a Canon DSLR for my first DSLR camera and after consulting people I ended up on a Canon T3i or as branded in Asia as the 600D. Since its my only camera I have to use my Nokia C3 to take photos of my T3i.

It's my very first DSLR camera

The lens in this image is my new Sigma Telephoto Zoom APO DG 70-300mm(images taken with this lens will be featured in the next bog post). In my opinion though the gear  is not enough to shot a great photograph. I remembered asking Jaypee David of Jaytograph how did he get awesome pictures in his travel blog and his answer really surprised me: you get to make one good shot after taking a thousand shots.

So taking a good image does not only require the best gear but also having the patience to make several shoots until you get the right one.But again others have a better perspective in taking a photograph. When I started learning how to take a good photo one lesson I learn is a bout good framing following the rule of thirds. It is simple putting your subject in a third of the frame focusing some features to fall on the imaginary intersection of vertical and horizontal lines that divides the frame into thirds.

At first people thought something is wrong with my hand or eye that instead of centering most of my images are off centered, and most people who take snapshots do, because that is how people know how to take a photograph(off course unless the intention is to put the subject in the center). Putting the subject a third into the frame artistically makes the image subject fall into the photo viewer’s line of sight thus creating a a focus into the beautiful in the image.

So what makes a good photo? I guess it boils down to three good gear, patience, and a good visualization of what you would life your photo be.

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