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What I look for in images.

Published September 1st, 2011

I try to review fresh posts to this site several times a week. Looking at the excellent work here, I gain more insight into what makes a compelling image, which in turn helps in improving my own work.

Obviously, the images that are most successful are those with unique subjects, subjects portrayed in a unique way, and, above all, images with interesting lighting. In fact, it seems to me that lighting is probably the most important quality in deciding if an image is successful or not, regardless of the subject matter.

According to my own preferences, I will "like" images that: have strong graphical components, evoke a feeling or emotion - I especially like moody, lonely or haunting landscapes in B&W - have good composition and show creativity, "thinking outside the box" or uniqueness.

I'd be interested in hearing what others look for when they review images.

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Ewa Rice  about 6 years ago

I'm just new to this site but I see that you've commented on one of my photos and noticed that we have the same last name:) Nice to meet you Philip Rice :)

Ronnie Boehm  about 6 years ago

For me it is pretty simple. I look at maybe 1000 pictures a day by just scrolling through. 95% I will scroll past, but 5% will make me scroll back up and take a second look. I have yet to pin down what it is exactly, sometimes it is a great concept, sometimes it is the mood, some make me laugh... Those are my "winners".