What makes a good photograph?

What makes a good photograph?  If you aren’t trained as a photographer, you may not be able to explain why a photograph is good, but you know one when you see one.  After all, it speaks to you.  It evokes emotion, and allows you to feel what the photograph is conveying.

Photography has two sides to it:  Art and Craft

The art side is just that.  It is the ability to make a photograph interesting.  To capture well the emotion the person is feeling.  It is understanding rules of composition, and how to use light to enhance, and illuminate.  It is sometimes posing the subject to help bring out their best or slim down or even look more natural.  Art is relational; connecting with, and putting the subject at ease is critical for a great photograph.

Craft is, simply speaking, knowing which button to push.  This takes years to master, and thousands of photos.  A good photographer will always strive to grow in this area.  It is having a grasp of things like proper exposure, which deals with the lighting being just right.  Depth of field is also critical for a photographer to master.  This deals with whether you just want the subject in focus, or the subject and some portion of the background in focus.  Understanding the interaction between the camera’s shutter speed, f-stop and ISO are a must in order to take a technically correct photo.

If you choose to use a friend or family member to capture your wedding or portrait session, make sure they are skilled in both the art and craft of photography. It is also important to make sure they have enough experience to take good photos while under some stress.  Some hobby photographers are great landscape or nature photographers, but it is a quite different experience when you have to be the “director” as well.

 

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Tim & Azure

Here is a recent wedding I did of Tim & Azure.  It was meant to be a beach wedding, but the weather made us do a “plan B”, which was all indoors.  It worked out great though, and everyone had an awesome time!

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Emily Glenham photo session

Had a great photo session with Emily last Friday. First, we talked about her passions, of which reading is one of them. After some studio work, we went outside behind my studio and shot some great outdoor portraits.

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a meadow engagement photo session

The one thing we don’t have alot of in Wilmington are meadows.  I was very excited to run across this one, and we ended up having a wonderful engagement session!

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Tim & Azure

Had a great opportunity to shoot a wedding in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.  Candy and I had a blast as they celebrated their big day!

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Blake and Kristen engaged photos

Just had the opportunity to shoot Blake and Kristen’s engagement photos.  We had great weather, and Blake, their son was fascinated with his first real spring!

 

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Photo session with my son Caleb

My son and his bud Amanda joined my wife and I at Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago, and I got to do a beach photo session with them! Ok, so maybe they are a bit more than friends? 🙂 IMG_0005

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The perfect wedding planner wedding expo

Had a great time shooting the Wilmington’s Wedding Showcase, wedding expo on Sunday!  Here are a few photos, and you can see the rest here on my flikr page: Wedding expo

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Shooting The Wilmington Wedding Showcase today

Today I will get to shoot the Wilmington Wedding Showcase.  Stop in and see me 🙂

The Perfect Wedding Planner

Allen & Adrianne’s wedding

Jesse Stephenson Photography wedding photographer bride groom Adrianne Allen beach Oak Island

Allen & Adrianne’s wedding

Jesse Stephenson Photography wedding photographer bride groom Adrianne Allen beach Oak Island

Allen & Adrianne’s wedding

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